Norfolk Terrier

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Norfolk Terrier Temperament,

Norfolk Terrier Breed Notes

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The Norfolk Terrier Temperament is Good Natured,Tenacious,Courageous,Independent and Lively.

Norfolk Terrier Temperament

 Being bred for rooting out vermin from barns and small spaces has resulted in a courageous, plucky not to mention very agile and bright dog breed.

They have a natural curiosity for anything that moves and take great delight in playing catch, hiking through the woods or digging down after burrowing squeeking critters. This is an active and hardy little dog.

The Norfolk Terrier  temperament makes this breed a great lover of people and companionship, they think very much on pack lines and enjoy being part of a household.

Children:  They thrive  on human attention and with one of the softer terrier temperaments this is an ideal companion for households with affectionate and playful children. You can also check out many other dog breeds that are good with children.

Protection level: Quick to bark and give notice of strangers and strange animals that approach.

Other Animals Good with other dogs if properly socialized, better with other animals than many terriers. Many are know to live quite happily with cats.

Coat: Coarse and and waterproof outer layer with a dense thick inner layer.

Grooming: Simple grooming needs but does need to be brushed regularly in order to keep tangles and knots forming in the longer hair underneath his body.

Considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Exercise: Norfolk Terriers love to be active, enjoying a high level of general exercise but is also more than capable of stretching out in a comfy spot and relaxing when his owners can't keep up. This is an intelligent breed and does very well with eventing such as flyball, flat racing or earth trials.

Health Issues The Norfolk Terrier is a hardy and generally healthy breed with few genetic disorders. The only concerns in the breed may be along the lines of ( MVD) mitral heart disease or eplilepsy.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

  The Ideal Norfolk Terrier Owner Is active and inclusive, able to spare time for outdoor activities and to involve this little fella in anything that is going on. A cheerful laid back disposition and a good sense of fun will make this dog all the happier.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.


The Norfolk Terrier is a close cousin of the Norwich Terrier. Bred in the eastern part of England during the 19th Century for the typical terrier tasks of fox, badger and rabbit hunting as well as ratting,

The two breeds were considered as the same "Norwich" breed until 1932, when the term "Norfolk" was first used in order to highlight a number of subtle differences appearing as the two breeds diverged; the most notable of which being that Norfolk's have folded ears whilst Norwich Terriers have prick ears. The Norfolk was recognised by the AKC in 1979.

Comparable Breeds

norwich terrier

Norwich Terrier

Cairn Terrier


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“These little terriers think like the bigger members of the group. Rain or shine the’re game for a walk, run, play or investigate”.   Chris Walcowicz-the Perfect Match

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Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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