The Norfolk Terrier is the smallest of the working terriers and was originally bred as a barn dog, to tackle the problem of vermin. Today this popular breed is a household companion, getting along well with both humans and other dogs. Year by year the Norfolk Terrier is growing in popularity due to its compact size, appealing appearance and temperament and the fact it is cheap to feed.
The coat of the Norfolk Terrier is wiry and can be in all different shades of red, wheaten or black and tan. The Norfolk Terrier’s coat should be hand stripped about twice a year to allow the new waterproof coat to come through. Regular nail clipping and teeth cleaning should be adopted by a responsible Norfolk Terrier owner to ensure the dog is kept in optimum health.
Norfolk Terriers are described as fearless, able to defend themselves if need be. However they are not aggressive, making them a desirable family pet. The Norfolk Terrier, along with the Norwich Terrier and Border Terriers, have the softest temperaments out of all the Terrier breeds.
The life expectancy of a Norfolk Terrier is between 12-16 years, with some living as long as 19 years. Norfolk Terriers have on average two puppies per litter and the demand for Norfolk Terrier puppies is far greater than the supply. This particular breed does not thrive in a kennel environment but likes company from both humans and other dogs.
Norfolk Terriers require daily exercise and many love water, especially a muddy puddle!
Norwich and Norfolk Terriers are the smallest of the terrier breeds, standing at around 10 inches, 25cm. Originally bred to be ratters, they are today both more commonly companion breeds, with friendly dispositions.