Norfolk Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Norfolk Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.
Other Names |
What other names does the Norfolk Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
|Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group |
Is Norfolk Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1979 as a Terrier breed.|
FCI Group |
Is Norfolk Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.|
How much does the Norfolk Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Norfolk Terrier price:
If you choose to purchase the Norfolk Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Norfolk Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Norfolk Terrier gets to a happy place.
Norfolk Terrier History
The Norfolk Terrier was originally bred to hunt and kill vermin and catch foxes in the early 1800s, because of their sturdy, alert and fearless nature and even temperament.
An English dog breeder named Frank “Roughrider” Jones in the early 20th century developed little red terriers by including several breeds like the Border, Cairn, and Glen of Irish terriers. At first, the Norfolk (ears down) and the Norwich (ears up) terriers were considered to be the same breed. Both of these breeds’ names were originated from near towns in England, Norwich on the Eastside, and Norfolk which lies north of London.
Being originated from the United Kingdom, the little red terriers quickly became a state icon. A Cambridge student, Jodrell Hopkins was one of the early breeders of Norfolk / Norwich terriers, alongside a dog dealer Charles "Doggy" Lawrence, they together bred and sold little red terriers to students. The breed quickly found its fanciers among the students, who used them mainly for catching rats around the colleges and named them Trumpington Terrier, in urban slang, after a street near Cambridge.
Several fanciers began to refine the breed. One of the first exporters of the breed was R. J. Read who later became the president of the Norwich Terrier Club in England.
Phyllis Fagan was another very influential breeder in Norfolk’s history. He acquired a red female terrier named Brownie. Many believe that the Norfolks today are descended from her. Brownie was famous among the terrier community, thanks to her gracious victories in dog shows.
The Norwich and the Norfolk breed were considered to be the same because until the early 1920s both drop-eared and prick-eared dogs were interbred with each other. From the 1930s the two breeds started to diverge. The AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized the breeds in 1936. However, both the United Kingdom and the United States officially recognized Norfolk to be an independent, distinct breed in 1964.
In 1977, The Canadian Kennel Club accepted the Norfolk and the Norwich to be distinct breeds. Two years later, in 1979 the AKC did the same.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Norfolk Terrier size:
How much does the Norfolk Terrier weigh? Norfolk Terrier weight:
|10-12 pounds (4½-5½ kg)|
Avg. Weight |
What is the average weight of the Norfolk Terrier? Norfolk Terrier average weight:
|11 pounds (5 kg)|
How tall is the Norfolk Terrier? Norfolk Terrier height:
|10 inches (25 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? Norfolk Terrier average height:
|10 inches (25 cm)|
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Norfolk Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Norfolk Terrier's coat?
How to groom the Norfolk Terrier and how often?
Average: The Norfolk Terrier requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Norfolk Terrier, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level |
How much do Norfolk Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier? Norfolk Terrier shedding level:
Norfolk Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Norfolk Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
What kind of personality does the Norfolk Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Norfolk Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Norfolk Terrier obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Are Norfolk Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Norfolk Terriers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Norfolk Terrier is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Norfolk Terrier sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Norfolk Terriers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Norfolk Terriers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier need? Norfolk Terrier social needs:
Norfolk Terriers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Norfolk Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier bark?
Average to high: The Norfolk Terrier is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Norfolk Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Norfolk Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Norfolk Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Norfolk Terriers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential |
Do Norfolk Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Norfolk Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
The Norfolk Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Norfolk Terrier do?
Norfolk Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Norfolk Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Norfolk Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Norfolk Terrier roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Norfolk Terrier is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Norfolk Terrier have high prey drive?
Norfolk Terriers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Norfolk Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Lakásbarát kutya Norfolk Terrier fajta. Legjobb, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, , így komfortosan megoldható Norfolk Terrier tartása lakásban.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Norfolk Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog |
Where Norfolk Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
|Not really |
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Norfolk Terrier temperament with other people:
Norfolk Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly |
Are Norfolk Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Norfolk Terrier temperament with children:
Norfolk Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Norfolk Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Norfolk Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly |
Is Norfolk Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Norfolk Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Norfolk Terriers are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Norfolk Terrier can be a great choice.
Office Friendly |
Are Norfolk Terriers good office dogs? Do Norfolk Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Norfolk Terriers be office dogs?
Norfolk Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Norfolk Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Norfolk Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Norfolk Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Norfolk Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Norfolk Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Norfolk Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Norfolk Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Norfolk Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Norfolk Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Norfolk Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Norfolk Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Norfolk Terrier be an emotional support animal?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Norfolk Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Norfolk Terrier be a sniffer dog?
|Not really |
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Norfolk Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Norfolk Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
|Not really |
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Norfolk Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Norfolk Terrier be a boat dog?
|Not really |
Norfolk Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Norfolk Terrier be a drafting dog?
|Not really |
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Norfolk Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Norfolk Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Norfolk Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy |
How long do Norfolk Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Norfolk Terrier be?
Is the Norfolk Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
Norfolk Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Norfolk Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Norfolk Terrier?
Norfolk Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need |
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Norfolk Terrier dogs require per day?
Norfolk Terriers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does this fido need?
Norfolk Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption |
How much food does the Norfolk Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Norfolk Terrier risk for obesity:
High: The Norfolk Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Norfolk Terrier more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Norfolk Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
|Prefers average to cold weather conditions|
The Norfolk Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Norfolk Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency |
Does the Norfolk Terrier drool?
The Norfolk Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Norfolk Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Norfolk Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
Reproductive cycle of the female Norfolk Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
|How often can the Norfolk Terrier have a litter?||Once a year.|
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Norfolk Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
Norfolk Terrier Pros & Cons
- Hypoallergenic: Norfolk Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
- Apartment Friendly: Lakásbarát kutya Norfolk Terrier fajta.
- Shedding Level: Norfolk Terriers shed none to minimal.
- Drooling tendency: The Norfolk Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
- Mouthiness: Norfolk Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
- Adaptability: Norfolk Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
- Child Friendly: Norfolk Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
- Cat Friendly: Norfolk Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
- Dog Friendly: Norfolk Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Norfolk Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
- Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
- Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Norfolk Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Norfolk Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
- Office Friendly: Norfolk Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
- Good For First Time Owners: Norfolk Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.