Norfolk Terrier
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Norfolk Terrier

Last updated: Aug 31 2023

Norfolk Terrier is a small, loyal, and fearless dog breed that is always ready for an adventure. They are generally good dogs, but like most of terriers, they are confident, fierce, and sturdy. Originally these dogs were bred for hunting purposes.

Norfolk terriers are highly energetic dogs, and you will have to provide them with the proper amount of exercise for them to be happy. These dogs are best described as „small dogs with a big heart “.

Norfolk Terriers bond with their owners, and they are great watchdogs. Today, some of them are used for rodent hunting.

Norfolk Terrier


9-10 in (23-25 cm)

Norfolk Terrier


11-12 lb (5-6 kg)

Norfolk Terrier


Great Britain

Norfolk Terrier

Life Expectancy:

12-16 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

Norfolk Terrier grooming

Norfolk Terriers has a beautiful coat that consists of two layers – a hard outer layer and a soft inner layer. Their coat is water-resistant, and it sheds minimally through the year. With hand striping, you will remove the old hair and allow new hair to grow. Few brushes will be enough to keep this dog looking good.

During the brushing, always check their ears for any signs of insertions, brush their teeth to secure a fresh breath and to remove tartar build-up, and trim their nails to avoid cracking.

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To ensure that your adult Norfolk Terrier will enjoy all these things, you need to start with them early. Start brushing your dog from the puppy age so he can learn that there is nothing wrong with brushing, and so he can enjoy it when he grows up.

Coat colors include:

  • black and tan
  • shades of red
  • wheaten
  • grizzle


Norfolk Terriers are extremely active and energetic dogs, like most terrier-type dog breeds. In order for your dog to be happy and satisfied, you must provide him with enough daily activities.

Long walks, fetching, ball chasing, hide and seek – those are all the things you can do with your dog so he can spend his energy.

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Are Norfolk Terriers good family dogs?

Norfolk Terriers were bred for hunting purposes, and as such, they require proper socialization and training to become well-mannered dogs. They are very intelligent, but also they can be stubborn, so obedience training is a must.

Strong prey drive that served excellent for hunting can be a problem, so it is advised that you never let your dog off-leash in the unsecured areas because he could easily wander around while chasing smaller animals.

FUN Fact: Norfolk Terriers like to investigate things and will take every chance they get to wander.

Norfolk Terrier and kids

Norfolk Terriers get along well with children, but they are best suited for kids that are over 9 years. Older kids will know how to interact with the dog, and they can't accidentally hurt the dog.

Norfolk Terrier and other animals

These dogs have a high prey drive, and because of that, they are not suited for homes with smaller animals, even if they are raised together. If you have a smaller animal at home, there could be a lot of problems because your dog will try to chase them.

With other dogs, Norfolk Terriers can get along if they are properly introduced and socialized.

Health problems

Norfolk Terriers are generally healthy dogs that live for 12-16 years. The best way to be sure that you are getting the healthiest possible dog is to buy it from a responsible breeder. That way you can be sure that your dog will not have any inherited diseases. However, Norfolk Terriers are prone to some health problems, and that doesn't mean that every dog will get them, but it is best that you know it from the start.

Norfolk Terriers are prone to

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Norfolk Terrier breeders

Norfolk Terriers are excellent companions that are still used for hunting purposes. If you are considering this dog to be your family member, we advise you that you only talk to responsible and official dog breeders, and that way, you can be sure that you will not get scammed and that your puppy will be in the best possible health.

Norfolk Terriers are very adaptable and will enjoy spending time with your family. Still, you must provide him with proper socialization, training, and enough daily activities if you don't want to have problems with your dog.

World Dog Finder team


Updated at31.08.2023.

Breed History

Norfolk and Norwich terriers were considered the same breed for a long time. The only difference was their ears – Norfolk had dropped ears, and the Norwich – pricked ones. In 1964 The Kennel Club divided these two breeds, later followed by the Canadian Kennel Club in 19777 and the AKC in 1979.

Norfolk Terriers were officially bred for hunting vermins, and in the 19th century, their popularity massively grown as ratters, and they are still popular until this day.