Breeds 101

Norfolk Terrier


For much of their early history in England, the Norfolk Terrier and their early history in England, the Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier were believed to be different varieties of the same breed – the Norfolk with drop ears and the Norwich with prick ears.

From the time that it was first recognized as a breed, the Norfolk produced puppies with both erect and drop ears. The 1930’s breeders begin to separate the varieties. The arguments this created resulted in the drop-eared Norfolk being recognized as a separate breed in 1965.

With the exception of the ears, the appearances, origins, personalities, and function of the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers are identical. The Norfolk is a delightful little dog, although it has an instinctive terrier-like desire to attack and throttle any rodent it sees.

The breed loves a good chase when it is out and with its owner; Like almost all terriers it must be introduced to cats carefully, so that its natural instincts can be harnessed.

Good natured and robust, the Norfolk Terrier makes an excellent companion; It is also a good guard dog, and will bark at strangers or unusual noises; The Norfolk Terrier is happy in the town or countryside – a back garden provides all the space this short-legged breed needs for exercise.


Small: 9 to 10 inches, 11 to 12 pounds.


Red, wheaten, black and tan, and grizzle.


Energetic, bold, curious, independent, stubborn, affectionate and loyal; good with children when raised with them.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner in a suburban or rural home.


Daily exercise (short to moderate walk, hike); leash; fenced yard; positive training methods; combing once or twice a week and hand stripping three times a week.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.