Norfolk Terrier
Inglaterra FCI 272 . Small sized Terriers.

Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk Terrier is lively, cheerful and adapts both the countryside and the city.



The Norfolk Terrier he is a very small terrier, low rise. Until 1964 formed a dog breed along with the Norwich Terrier. Both differ only in the shape of their ears. While the Norfolk Terrier has slanted ears, the Norwich Terrier has standing ears. In the past these dogs were raised together and it was always a surprise that puppies had ears. Because the judges at the shows at least felt they preferred the dogs with droopy ears, they wanted to have their ears drooping or leaning in a class of their own. However, either standing or with ears hanging, they are wonderful terriers, vivacious little ones you can enjoy. They come from the Middle East of England. There these little terriers served the people for many years as watchdogs and hunters at home and at court..

Keeping rats and mice, chasing away a marten or fox that wanted to feed on chickens or pigeons at night, proved helpful helpers at home and in court. However, the small Norfolk Terrier was not, like many other somewhat larger terriers, used for active fox hunting, the marten and the otter. Didn't have to go in pursuit of these predators. It would not have lacked courage and determination. The Terriers de Norwich and Norfolk they were useful as a cat, but much more defensive and effective, especially when it came to fighting rats. They also had the added value of being watchdogs and danger alarms and were better able to cope with harsh, wet and cold weather conditions of central england.

So these little terriers were already widespread in the cities centuries ago. As a result, were raised solely for their suitability for their tasks. Either with upturned or drooping ears, it did not matter. As their tasks drifted away from rats to accompany the human psyche, the subtleties of his outward appearance also came into play. One separated the terrier into two breeds. In 1954, both were officially recognized by the FCI under the name of Norwich Terrier. The tipped-ear variant was recognized as a separate breed in 1962.

Physical characteristics

It is a small dog, clever, short limb, Compact and robust; It has short back and its structure and strong bones.

Norfolk Terrier has a hair double layer: a hard top layer, ribbed and a warm and soft layer.

Ideally, is due comb the hair once a week to remove the loose hairs, dead and prevent mat.

It´s one of the smaller Terrier dogs, a “Demon” for its size. Affectionate but not quarrelsome, robust Constitution.

The tail amputation is optional. Medium amputation, implemented on a level with the dorsal and carried erect line. Tail of moderate size to give the dog an overall balance, thick at the base and is tuned toward the tip, as straight as possible, happily held, but not in an excessive manner.

Its movement is natural, low and high thrust. Previous members directed straight forward from the shoulders. A good angulation of the hindlimbs provides you with a great driving force.

The Member subsequent move in line with the previous, with free movements from the hips, and they must bend well at the knees and hocks. Level topline.

The hair It hard, rough texture (wire), straight and well attached to the body. Long and rough in the neck and shoulders.

The hair is short and smooth on the head and ears, with the exception of a few light eyebrows and mustache.

With regard to the color, We find all the shades of reddish, wheat, black and Tan or grey. Stains or white markings are undesirable, but allowed.

The height ideal to the cross is between 25 and 26 cm..

Character and skills

Norfolk Terrier should not be aggressive despite being able to defend itself if necessary. Them, along with Norwich Terrier and the Border Terrier, has the softer temperament of the Terrier group.

Like fellow, they love people and children and they are good pets. His level of activity is generally a reflection that the pace of its environment.

This breed should not stay or live outside, that thrive with human contact. In general, Norfolk Terrier does not generally dig, but, like any dog, It cavará by boredom when stays alone for too long.

Usually, living well with other pets when introduced as a dog. In the open air, they are natural hunters and have a strong instinct for prey to small bugs.

The Norfolk Terrier is a dog self-confident, they are elegant, they are erect tail and head. A Norfolk Terrier who is shy or to carry the tail between the legs is atypical.

The typical temperament of Norfolk Terrier is happy, cheerful and confident. The greater punishment would be ignored by the family.

Norfolk Terrier were bred as barn dogs to rid the stables of animal pests. Today, they are household companions and must have a pleasant willingness to live with the people.

The life expectancy of a Norfolk Terrier is of 12 a 15 years.


Today, the demand for Norfolk Terrier is much more to offer

They are dogs that tend to have small litters and responsible breeders developed the breed, they only breed healthy dogs who are good temperament, lineage, good pedigree and that better reflect the standard of the breed.

Norfolk Terrier Education

The education of this breed is an often underrated chapter.. Although the already little dog looks so cute, especially in his first months of life, he is a true terrier very sure of himself. And such a terrier wants to be educated and guided. Therefore, the Norfolk Terrier requires consequences in education from puppy age. Although small, dreams like most terriers in some corner of his brain of assuming leadership of the herd. Deep down he feels loose like a mastiff or great dane. So you just have to take your education seriously. In all other respects, there is no problem. He wants and needs the guidance of his master or mistress and is a docile companion, friendly and sociable, that always brings a smile to our faces.

Norfolk Terrier Health and Care

The coat should be regularly groomed. The Norfolk does not know a change of coat. Two or three times a year dead hair should be trimmed, namely, ripped – but with moderation.

The small Norfolk Terrier it is a fairly robust breed of dog.

Nutrition / Food

Norfolk Terrier nutrition has no problems.

Norfolk Terrier life expectancy

The Norfolk Terrier they tend to have robust health and an average life expectancy of 15 years and more.

Buy a Norfolk Terrier

The best way to buy your puppy Norfolk is to buy it locally from an FCI member breeder or take a look at the shelter. A dog of this breed costs around 1.000 EUR.

Norfolk Terrier Reviews

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Norfolk Terrier” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 3: Terriers.
  • Section 2: Small-sized Terriers. Without working trial.
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Terriers 2 Small sized Terriers.
    • AKC – Terriers
    • ANKC – Terriers
    • CKC – Terriers
    • ​KC – Terriers
    • NZKC – Terriers
    • UKC – Terriers

    Norfolk Terrier breed FCI standard


    Alternative names:

      1. Norfolk (English).
      2. Norfolk (French).
      3. Norfolk (German).
      4. Norfolk (Portuguese).
      5. Terrier de Norfolk (Spanish).

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