Norfolk Terrier

Other Names : Norfolk

Country of Origin : England

Dog Group : Terrier


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.

Feeding & Ownership

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


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.


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.


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