Description: The Norfolk Terrier is a small, compact, hardy dog weighing between 11 and 16 pounds. This dog will be between 13 and 15 inches at the withers, and will weigh between 16 and 18 pounds for adulthood. The medium-sized Norfolk Terrier is very robust and is closest in appearance to the Scottish Terrier. The coat of the Norfolk Terrier reaches the thighs and is of medium length with a wavy look. The color of the coat is chestnut red to mahogany red, and can sometimes have a small black patch on the chest. The Norfolk Terrier will generally live to be about 15 years old. This dog is also known as the Norwich Terrier or thechair-leg terrier.
History: The Norfolk Terrier originated in Norfolk, England and was a gift to the Duke ofyles in 1742. This dog is an ancient breed of Terrier. The first Norfolk Terrier Club was established in 1885. During the 19th century, this breed was used as hunting dogs by the Duke of Noailles. This dog has been called thefour ears UTte des Bordeaux, having four sets of docking. The Norfolk Terrier breed is featured in a special reading following the breed standard.
Temperament: The Norfolk Terrier is a brave and passionate little dog. This little dog dislikes strangers and makes a good watchdog. This breed is affectionate and loves people. They are good with children and other pets. This dog has a free, Formal and obedient nature. This breed bonds strongly to its family and needs to be given lots of attention. Without this, the dog can be somewhat destructive. This breed is generally a barker and may be a problem to keep in the city.
Health Issues: While the Norfolk Terrier is a generally healthy dog, there are three things that it is susceptible to, especially as a puppy. This dog will have dry hair, which requires care in order to keep it from becoming matted. Its highly sensitive skin can be irritated by products. Another problem is an eye problem called entropion. Norfolk Terriers have a higher than average pretuckle ratio. This is determined by measuring the head from the distance of the base of the skull to the tip of the tail. This ratio has a bearing on moisture and debris being trapped between the eyebrows. Hair around the eyes and ears should also be checked daily for signs of fleas.
Grooming: The Norfolk Terrier sheds little to no hair and is a good choice for people with allergies. This breed can be bathed or not, depending on owner preferences. As this dog has a single coat, it does not benefit from frequent trimmings. The coat should be brushed twice a week.
Living Conditions: The Norfolk Terrier prefers a cool climate and can live outdoors if provided with a warm shelter or kennel. This dog will be comfortable in an apartment, provided it receives adequate exercise. The Norfolk Terrier is limited to walks of a few miles during the day. It is exclusively a companion dog and will not do well without a family. It enjoys attention and will work hard to please.
With attention, love, and proper care, the Norfolk Terrier can live for 14 to 16 years. It is better to feed it 3 or 4 small meals a day rather than one large meal. It should also have access to a dog house with sufficient shelter.