Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier At a Glance

Country of Origin:

Great Britain

Breed Group:

AKC (Terrier); ANKC (Terriers); CKC (Terriers); FCI (Terriers); KC (Terrier); UKC (Terrier)


Small. Weight: Males 11–12 lbs; Females slightly smaller Height: Males 9–10 inches; Females slightly smaller


Thick, scruffy, and weather-resistant.


Great Britain

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier look the same -- except for the ears and the length of their back.

Norfolk Terrier Overview

Early in the breed’s ancestry, Norfolk and Norwich Terriers were one in the same. Both were farm and hunting terriers that were used along England. However, in the1900s a Cairn-type female terrier from Norwich was bred to the ancestors of the Norfolk to create the breed. The breed was then further separated into Norwich (up ears) and Norfolk (folded ears).


Norfolk Terrier Characteristics

The Norfolk is identical in personality and looks to the Norwich except for one key trait. Norfolk terriers sport the triangular folded ears. However, the breed retains the same spunky attitude, scruffy fur, and bravery of many other terrier breeds.


Norfolk Terrier Temperament

The Norfolk was bred to hunt in packs and gets along well with other Terrier breeds. However, like most terriers they can be feisty and stubborn. These dogs may also experience separation anxiety and become deeply attached to their owners, which may lead to issues such as jealousy and aggression.


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Norfolk Terrier Care

Norfolk Terriers live on average 12 to 15 years, typical for a small breed dog. They have few breed health concerns, however, may have mitral valve disease. Careful breeding and good veterinary care can help the Norfolk to live a long and happy life.


Norfolk Terrier Coat

The thick, scruffy coat of the Norfolk is weather-resistant but does require daily brushing or combing to keep it looking its best. The coat may also need to be professionally groomed, though frequency varies from dog to dog.


Norfolk Terrier Training

Like all Terriers, the Norfolk can be stubborn. However, his attachment to his owners makes him eager to please which may lead to an easier training session. Norfolks can sometimes be hard to house train, so careful and patient training from puppyhood is needed.


Norfolk Terrier Activity

Even though the Norfolk is small in size, he does best with lots of exercise. Daily walks, outings where he can “hunt” and socialization activities are great ways to keep the Norfolk happy in both mind and body. He is happy as long as he is beside his owner.

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