The Norfolk Terrier is a compact and sturdy terrier breed.They are alert and outgoing, and require moderate grooming.
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Finding a Norfolk Terrier
- Small, well-boned build
- Wide, round head, small eyes set far apart
- V-shaped ears fold forward
- Docked tail
- Coat: Rough, straight; comes in wheaten, red, grizzle, and black/tan
- Thick ruff around neck
- Height: 9-10 inches
- Weight: 11-12 pounds
- Average lifespan: 14 years
- Brave, devoted, aware, even-tempered, agreeable, obedient
- Interaction with people: Needs socializing to be good with children.
- Interaction with animals: Needs socializing to be good with non-canine pets.
- Level of attention needed: Doesn't like to be left alone for long periods of time.
- Training: Easily trained; need guidelines. May be difficult to housebreak.
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments
- Adaptable to most living environments
- Needs daily walks
- Moderate shedder
- Regular brushing required
- Until 1979, the Norfolk terrier and the Norwich terrier were considered the same breed; the only distinction between the two is the ears
- Smallest of the working terriers
- Known as "Cantab terriers" when they were fashionable dorm pets at Cambridge University
- Originated in Great Britain
- Developed from working terriers in the areas of Cambridge, Market Harborough and Norwich, England
- Known as "Jones terriers" during the 1920s because many Americans purchased their first Norfolks from Frank "Roughrider" Jones, an Englishman credited for developing the breed
- Initially used to hunt rats and foxes
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