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Norfolk Terrier

Size: Small

Weight: 11 - 12 lbs.

Height: 9" - 10"

Life Span: 14+ years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Great Britain (1800s)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

The Norfolk Terrier will make a good jogging companion, as long as the jogs are short.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


This is a lively, affectionate and well-balanced dog. This breed is one of the most calm of all the terriers. The breed is easy to train as long as owners are consistent and patient. However, it can be difficult to housebreak. The Norfolk Terrier has tendency to dig and shouldn't be left outside without supervision, it may dig right under your fence and escape. This breed should be kept on a leash when in public because it may provoke a dog fight. At home, the Norfolk Terrier can get along with other pets (as long as it has been raised with them from an early age). Highly sociable, these dogs love everyone in the family -- especially kids.

Compatibility with Kids

Loves children.


Originally the Norfolk and Norwich Terrier were considered the same dog. However, differences in the ears and body shape led to the two being recognized separately. The Norfolk is the thinner of the two and has dropped instead of pricked ears.