Norfolk Terrier Resource

Norfolk Terrier

This drop-eared version of the Norwich Terrier, the Norfolk is a small, active teddy bear of a dog that is an amusing companion, easy to care for, and a good watchdog. Its background is identical to that of the Norwich. Small specimens of the Irish Terrier crossed with other terrier breeds, possibly the Border and the Cairn, led to the development of both Norfolk and Norwich. For 30 years the two ear types, drop and prick, were shown together in competition, but interbreeding the two types created problems. So prick-eareds were bred to each other and drop-ear to drop-ear. Within a few generations two distinct breeds emerged, and promoters of the drop-eared variety applied for separate breed classification for their little dog. This was granted by The Kennel Club (England) in 1963 under the new breed name, Norfolk. The Norfolk measures just 10 inches at the shoulder. Its coat is hard and wiry in shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle. At home in any size accommodations in town or country, a good daily walk satisfies its exercise needs. Keep training sessions short, sweet and frequent to accommodate the short terrier attention span. Norfolks are outgoing, fearless dogs that enjoy playing with children.

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Norfolk Terrier Grooming Standards

Find out what the appropriate style is for this breed at American and European competitions. Q. Having viewed the DogChannel website, I am writing you for advice on hand-stripping my female Norfolk Terrier. My question is in particular relation to the “skirt.” Is there a requirement to have a skirt on each side? I have also been informed recently by an individual competing in a show here in Ireland that the sides should be tapered under the belly; therefore you would not have a skirt on either side, which is…

Breed Details

Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Small Dog Breed
Red, black and tan, grizzle or wheaten.

Hard, wiry and straight.


Brush weekly. Hand stri twice a year.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 16 years
AKC Group:
Terrier Group
UKC Group:
Up to inches at the withers
12 pounds
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