Norfolk terrier

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The Norfolk Terrier is a sturdy little dog, one of the smallest among terriers. Compact and low on legs, it is solidly built and has good bone structure. The Norfolk Terrier bears a striking resemblance to the Norwich Terrier, but is distinguished by its floppy ears, while they are straight in the Norwich Terrier. For the rest, the 2 races have extremely similar characteristics.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 4 kg to 7 kg From 23 cm to 25 cm
Male From 4 kg to 7 kg From 23 cm to 26 cm
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History of the breed

The Norfolk-Terrier breed is the result of contributions from various British terriers. It bears its name from the eponymous town . Its development began towards the end of the 19th century. This dog has long been bred to hunt small rodents and other pests. In the past, it was not considered to correspond to a full breed, but rather as a variety of the Norwich Terrier, differing from it mainly by the posture of the ears (drooping in the Norfolk Terrier, straight in its close cousin of Norwich). It entered the English Kennel Club in 1932, then the United States Kennel Club in 1936. The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI on October 1, 1966.

Norfolk Terrier Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: hard to the touch, lying straight and flat on the body. Fuller at the neck and shoulders, shorter and smoother on the head and ears, but with full eyebrows and whiskers.
Its color: all shades of wheat, red, black and tan or graying.
His head: broad, moderately rounded skull. The stop is well marked, the muzzle is strong, the lips are tight and the jaws are strong.
His ears: V-shaped, slightly rounded at their tips, of medium size, falling forward against the cheek.
His eyes: oval, dark brown or black, showing great liveliness.
His body: compact, compact, with the horizontal top line, short back and well-fitted chest.
Its tail: uncut, it is of moderate length to be well proportioned to the rest of the body. Strong at its attachment and thinning towards its end. Carried straight and cheerful. Cut, it is only moderately cut.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Norfolk Terrier is an energetic , lively, active dog with great courage , while being pleasant company and without looking for a fight unnecessarily. He gets along rather well with his fellows and remains attached to his master and his family . A strong instinct to hunt pests, especially small rodents, sometimes leads him to be turbulent vis-à-vis small animals. He is also a good alarm dog who will alert the slightest intrusion into his master’s house.

Naturally sociable , the Norfolk Terrier Nevertheless, it should be socialized early enough with other animals, especially smaller ones. He is not the most docile of terriers, but an education made with a skilful mix of firmness and affection makes him an excellent companion.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

While the Norfolk Terrier is a country dog first and foremost, it can handle city and apartment living perfectly well , as long as it gets enough exercise. It adapts to all family situations, although you have to be very careful if you have cats or other small pets in your home.


Ease of gaining weight

The Norfolk Terrier is an overall tough dog. It supports low temperatures quite well thanks to its provided and hard coat. However, there are predispositions in the breed to congenital heart disease and joint disorders (dislocation of the patella, hip dysplasia).

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To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in case of health problems, Woopets recommends a Norfolk Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Norfolk Terrier is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the Norfolk Terrier remains subject to moderate shedding and hair loss . It is quite easy to maintain , as long as this maintenance is carried out on a regular basis. Frequent grooming is to be avoided in this dog so as not to alter the rustic and natural appearance of his coat.

He must benefit from long daily outings and varied exercises to satisfy his need for activity. His past as a pest hunter means that he cannot stand to stand there and do nothing.

It is recommended to brush the dog with a wire brush once a week if he lives in an apartment and several times a week (or even every day) if he frequently ventures into the countryside or the forest. His hair should not be clipped or cut, but epilations can be done twice a year.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,200
1600 €

The purchase price of a Norfolk Terrier is between € 1,200 and € 1,600.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Norfolk Terrier is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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