The is a small but sturdy terrier breed that is closely related to the Norwich Terrier – having been considered the same breed at one stage – and features short ears that hang closely by the head with a wiry red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle coat that sheds almost no hair. The breed can be traced back to the early 1900s, and they were first raised for the main function of hunting rats.

A number of their most distinctive qualities are seen as bold and feisty manner, occasional stubbornness, love for children and their hypoallergenic coat – which all help in making the Norfolk Terrier a suitable choice for more patient owners or families as well as people suffering from allergies.

During their early history the Norfolk Terrier was considered to be a drop-eared variety of the Norwich Terrier and both were considered the same breed before being separated by breeders in the 1930s. Both breeds were created in England and the Norfolk Terrier was mainly chosen for the intention of hunting rats. They are
alleged to be a product of cross-breeding local and Irish terrier breeds.

Norfolk Terriers are termed as a small-sized breed. The suggested standard size for the Norfolk Terrier male is 9-10 inches high from paw to shoulder and a weight of 11-12 pounds.

The Norfolk Terrier is well-known for their bold, loyal, feisty and often stubborn disposition. They are generally friendlier than most terriers with strangers, which can make them unsuitable as a guard dog.

The Norfolk Terrier is also accepted to be fairly intelligent – scoring equal 56th compared to other dogs when taking into account their capability to learn obedience instructions. They are also renowned to be good with children when raised with them – which makes them quite suitable as a family pet. The Norfolk Terrier is usually pleasant with other dogs and cats that they’re raised with though may not get along with smaller animals like hamsters, mice or birds due to their natural prey instinct.

The Norfolk Terrier doesn’t always need a yard to give them room to run, so they are quite suitable for apartment life provided they are exercised enough.

The Norfolk Terrier likes leisure activities which include chasing after a ball or simply running around the yard. They have a high quantity of energy and need exercise each day in the shape of moderate walks or short jogs to put a stop to behavioral habits like excessive barking or digging that they may be more inclined to start when left alone or with a lot of energy.

The Norfolk Terrier could make the ideal dog breed for an active owner or family and their non-shedding coat makes them one of the most popular breeds for allergy sufferers. They are fit to anyone who is prepared to commit to a small level of grooming and allocate time to provide them with patient housebreaking and positive obedience training in addition to take them on moderate daily walks while being kept on the lead and present a very high quantity of companionship and devotion. Though they may be to some extent unsuitable around smaller animals and as a consequence for being safely let off the lead while out in public, if you are able to meet their demand for regular loving care and patience while training them then the Norfolk Terrier may well be the perfect dog for you.

Norfolk Terrier photo

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  • Fearless, Alert, Fun-Loving
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 126 of 191
  • Height: 9-10 inches
  • Weight: 11-12 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
  • Group: Terrier Group