The Norfolk Terrier is what’s considered a “big dog in a small package.” Alert, gregarious, and nimble, he’s a loyal companion with the heart of a working terrier.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Norfolk Terrier.
The origin of the Norfolk Terrier lies in East Anglia, England. The breed dates back to the latter part of the 19th century. The breed was developed by crossbreeding local terrier breeds with Irish Terrier and red terrier breeds used by the Gypsies of Norfolk. The breed was earlier categorized the same as the Norwich Terrier.
The Norfolk Terrier is a small sized dog with a proportionate, somewhat square frame. It has a proportionate head; oval shaped eyes which are small in size and dark in color; small, V-shaped ears which are carried close to the cheek; a wedge shaped muzzle; a black nose; taut lips with teeth which meet in scissors bite. This breed has a docked tail which is set in line with the back. The tail is carried vertically erect and is proportionate to the size of the body. Like other terriers, this breed too has short, strong legs with well padded feet.
3) Norfolk versus Norwich
To the casual eye, the Norfolk Terrier is virtually identical to the Norwich Terrier, with the most obvious difference being ear carriage The Norfolk has drop ears, while the Norwich has pricked ears. In temperament, some terrier enthusiasts say the Norfolk Terrier has a feistier temperament and is "busier" than the Norwich, but it's really a matter of individual personality.
Most terrier breeds are remarkably similar. The same words are used over and over -- quick to bark, quick to chase, lively, bossy, feisty, scrappy, clever, independent, stubborn, persistent, impulsive, intense.
Norfolk Terriers must be taught at an early age that they are not the rulers of the world. The toughness that makes them suited to killing vermin can frustrate you when you try to teach them anything. Norfolk Terriers can be stubborn and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things.
6) Living With
Norfolk Terriers need a large amount of interaction with people. They tolerate other dogs and cats well, if raised with them. The Norwich's heritage of ridding vermin makes them apt to kill other small pets such as rodents, birds and reptiles, so these should be kept away from the Norwich. Norfolks are ideal for guardians who want a small, active dog who does not require a large yard and can be contented with frequent walks and games of fetch. They do not do well left alone for long periods. Nor can they be trusted off lead. Their hunting urge propels them to search every cranny for vermin.
This breed has a water resistant double coat with a hard, dense and wiry outer coat which is medium in length and, a soft undercoat. The color of the coat can be red, wheaten, grizzle, or black and tan.
The Norfolk Terrier sheds little hair. Its coarse and wiry coat needs regular grooming. The coat needs to be brushed at least 3-4 times a week, and should be clipped in every 4 to 5 months. It should be bathed only when necessary and must be dried properly after each bath.
Norfolk Terriers can suffer from itchy skin conditions, joint diseases, eye diseases, epilepsy, and heart disease.
It is an active breed which needs lot of daily exercise. Daily long walks are essential to keep the dog healthy both physically and mentally. The walks should be supplemented with a romp in an open area every now and then. This breed loves the game of catch and retrieve. However, it should not be let off the leash in an unsecured area because of its innate hunting instincts.