The Norfolk Terrier has been around for over 100 years. The ancestors of this little dog may have included the Border Terrier and it's ancestors, the Cairn Terrier and a red terrier from Ireland. During the late 1800's they were popular with the students at Cambridge University, so much so that they became their mascot. This dog was originally known as he 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. In 1965 the drop earred terrier was renamed the Norfolk Terrier.



The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest terriers around today. They have a wiry, hard, straight, weatherproof coat that requires minimal grooming and upkeep.

Size Small
Colour They come in a variety of colours, more commonly seen in self-colours such as all shades of red, wheaten, tan, grizzle or black, some may have limited white.
Coat Length Short Medium
Weight/Height Range Ideally these terriers should measure 25-26cms at the withers and weigh no more than 6.5kgs.
Ailments The Norfolk Terrier is a healthy and quite hardy breed of dog. The main concern seems to be skin related problems.
Breed Classification The Norfolk Terrier is a member of the terrier group. They were originally bred for hunting fox, badger and rats; today they are companions.

Feeding & Ownership


The Norfolk Terrier is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements; they generally have a good appetite.
Food Cost $5 to $10



They are intelligent, lively and friendly little dogs that can be a bit wilful at times. They will get on well with older children and many elderly people seem to favour this breed. They should be socialised from an early age, particularly with cats, as they will chase them given half a chance. They are known to bark and dig a lot and therefore need adequate training and exercise.


Intelligence The Norfolk Terrier will learn quickly what is expected of it, but the training must be consistent as this terrier has a will of its own. As puppies they could try the patience of a saint at times, as they are so lively and playful.
Energy Medium
Suitability for Children Medium
Tendency to Bark Medium
Overall Exercise Requirement This little terrier will adapt to life in the city but does prefer the country life. They love the outdoors and like nothing better than to be allowed to dig for hours.
Suitability as a Guard Dog Low
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Medium
Other Animal Compatibility Medium



Although the hard adult coat doesn’t appear until the puppy becomes an adolescent, grooming should be started at an early age: this terrier can object to being restrained due to its independent streak. The coat is relatively easy to keep in good condition and will need to be hand plucked twice a year. A professional groomer or the breeder will be able to give advice on this.

Grooming RequirementsOnce a week
Amount of Hair ShedLittle

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