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Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest terriers and they have a wiry, hard, straight, weatherproof coat.

12–15 years
All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle
Kennel Club Group
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Norfolk Terrier breed may suffer from: 
- Patellar luxation 

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


Like most terriers, the Norfolk is clever, active and often surprisingly tenacious for their size. Unlike many however, they are social with others, friendly, cheerful and tolerant - and generally good with children.

Did You Know?

  • People get confused which is the Norfolk and which is the Norwich. Just remember that there is an ‘f’ in Norfolk and they have the ‘folded’ ears which the Norwich has pointed ears like a ‘witch’s hat’.
  • They’re hardworking and have been named ‘perfect demons’ in the field.
  • The breed was invented by Frank “roughrider” Jones and were originally known as “Jones Terriers”.
  • They’re not just great working dogs, they’ve also been very successful in the showring.
  • Norfolk Terrier’s are incredibly affectionate and don’t like living outside and they’ll always happily curl up on your lap.
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