Routine Care: Norfolk Terriers are energetic and active dogs that excel at canine sports like agility, tracking, and earthdog trials. They are well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They also have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.
Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least twice weekly. Twice a year stripping or clipping is also required for their wiry double coat.
Dental: Norfolk Terriers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Norfolk Terriers are a loyal and self-confident family companion. With sufficient exercise and early socialization, they make an affectionate and playful pet.
• Brave and ready for adventure
• Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
• Energetic and playful
• Lively, with a friendly personality
• Good with children
• Small, but sturdy
• Needs regular exercise to prevent chewing, digging, and other problems stemming from boredom
• Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership
• Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy
• Likely to attack other small animals, including cats
• Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
• Likes to dig
Whether you are considering adding a new Norfolk Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Norfolk Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Norfolk Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Norfolk Terrier could encounter:
The Norfolk Terrier originated in Great Britain. The Norfolk Terrier and Norwich Terrier were considered one breed until 1960. The Norfolk Terrier can be distinguished from the Norwich by their ears: Norfolk ears are folded over.
Norfolks were bred as ratters and fox hunters and display the typical terrier character. They are happy and spirited companions with plenty of energy. Norfolks are known for their stable temperament and charming demeanor. They are one of the smallest of the terriers in size, but not in personality.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Norfolk Terrier shows signs of the following:
• Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating
• Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest
• Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or "bunny hopping"
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
• Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy
• Bumping into objects, startles easily
• Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth