Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier
Terrier Group

Norfolk Terrier - General Information

Weight: 11-12 lbs

Height: 9-10 inches

Color(s): all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle

Character: The Norfolk Terrier is busy and curious. They are hardy and compact, fearless but not aggressive. They carry themselves with importance and self-confidence. They are gregarious, loyal, and in seemingly constant motion.

Temperament: The Norfolk Terrier is always ready to play and loves children. They are generally good with other dogs and cats, but may view smaller pets as prey. In some cases they may exhibit jealousy. They are amiable companions who enjoy being in a family environment. They possess sensitivity and may be stubborn. The Norfolk Terrier is a relentless and tireless worker, full of spirit. They are good watchdogs that will bark to alert their family to danger or visitors.

Care: The Norfolk Terrier requires daily brushing. They are a non-shedding breed and do not shed their coats naturally. Therefore, a professional grooming session to strip the coat twice a year is highly recommended. This allows the new weatherproof coat to come through which is an important feature of this breed. Norfolk Terriers highly prone to a genetic, life threatening heart abnormality. They are also susceptible to genetic eye problems, hip dysplasia, and patella luxation.

Training: The Norfolk Terrier can be difficult to housetrain. Crate training is the preferred method. As with any Terrier breed, firmness, fairness, and consistency are the keys to success. They are quick learners who are eager to please. Norfolk Terriers are adept in the areas of learning and performing tricks, agility, and obedience.

Activity: The Norfolk Terrier loves adventure and play. They enjoy vigorous walks on a secure leash, a refreshing swim, or a short jog. They thrive on activity. Norfolk Terriers derive great pleasure from romping in a securely fenced yard with their family. If they are left alone outside for extended periods of time they will become bored and destructive. They can adapt to apartment living provided they are given sufficient exercise and stimulation.