If you are looking for a sport utility companion.... the Norfolk is perfect. Always ready for an adventure, they love to hike, play ball or hang out with the kids....yet they are just as content on your lap with a good book.
Looking for a living Teddy Bear? You can't get much closer than with the Norfolk Terrier, and adorable terrier breed that hails from the Emerald Isle.
• Height: 9 - 12 inches • Weight: 11 - 12 lbs.
• Life Span: 13 - 14 yrs. • Breed Group: Terriers
• Exercise Needs: Moderate • Grooming: Moderate
• Good With Children: Yes
Thought to be a mixture of Irish Terrier, Border Terrier and Cairn Terrier, the Norfolk Terrier has an identical background to that of the Norwich Terrier. Breeders and exhibitors at one time considered the two breeds to be one and the same, however two ear types eventually emerged - drop and prick - with the drop ears being assigned to the Norfolk Terrier and the prick ears to the Norwich. Norfolk Terriers were recognized as a distinct breed in the 1930's. Drop ears give the Norfolk Terrier it's gentle, inquisitive and highly adorable expression.
Norfolks are small, active little dogs that measure just 10 inches at the shoulder. The coat is hard and wiry in shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle, and it is very easy to maintain in both shape and condition. Norfolk Terriers are great companions who will provide their owners with plenty of love and laughs - and they make wonderful watch dogs! Suitable to any size of accommodations, Norfolks do well in both urban and country settings. Exercise needs are moderate - a good daily walk is all that is required to keep the breed happy and healthy. The Norfolk Terrier has been around for over 100 years. The ancestors of this little dog may have included the Border Terrier and its 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 the Norwich Terrier and was first recognized 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 eared terrier was renamed the Norfolk Terrier.
They are intelligent, lively and friendly little dogs that can be a bit willful at times. They will get on well with older children and many elderly people seem to favor this breed. They should be socialized 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