Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terriers are one of the smallest but cutest terriers around today. They are short but sturdy, have a wiry, hard, weatherproof coat (handy!) that requires minimal grooming and upkeep. They have a little fox-like face and small drooping ears that hang tight to the face. They're lively and friendly little dogs that are also smart cookies with a mind of their own, which can make them a bit wilful at times. They will get on well with older children and are great pets for older, yet still active people. Norfolk Terriers are also very active, courageous, and affectionate family members, loving cuddles with their humans. Norfolk Terriers make great furry friends, are easy to train

 

 

Other Names
Norfolk
Country of Origin
England
Colour
Red; wheaten; tan; black and tan, or grizzle, with or without dark points and sometimes even with white markings.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
25-26cms at the withers and should weigh no more than 6.5kgs.
Health
Common ailments include genetic eye problems, heart murmurs, and skin problems.
Life Span
12-14 years
Intelligence
The Norfolk Terrier will learn quickly what is expected of it, but you will need to be consistent with their training as this little guy has a will of his own and may get into sneaky bad habits quickly if you let him.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

The Norfolk Terrier is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements. They can generally be relied upon to have a good appetite.

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
This little terrier will adapt to life in the city but does prefer the country. They love the outdoors and can dig for hours. They need a long walk and will happily trot along beside you—though if you're not consistent with making sure they stay at your side as opposed to ahead of you, they are likely to get it into their head that they are the pack leader, and not you. Be vigilant to discourage this.
Ailments
Common ailments include genetic eye problems, heart murmurs, and skin problems.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

Although the hard adult coat doesn’t appear until the puppy becomes an adolescent (which means terrier puppies are soft and fluffy), you'd better develop some regular grooming habits at an early age, as without starting early, although the smallest terrier around, they have big personalities and can object quite strongly and convincingly to being restrained due to their natural independent streak.

The coat is relatively easy to keep in good condition, but a regular brushing will help, as well as hand plucking twice a year. A professional groomer or the breeder will be able to give you advice on how to best to keep your canine pal's coat in tip top shape.

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
Occassional
The Norfolk Terrier has been around for over 100 years. The ancestors of this little dog may have included the Border Terrier and ITS ancestors, the Cairn Terrier as well as a red terrier from Ireland. During the late 1800s they were popular with the students at Cambridge University, who loved the Norfolk Terrier so much so that they became their mascot! This furry friend was originally known as the Norwich Terrier and was first recognised in the UK in 1932. However, some of these dogs had erect pointed ears and others had ears that dropped down close to the head, so in 1965 the drop-earred terrier was renamed the Norfolk Terrier, to be the dog that we love today.


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