Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

Group: Terrier Group

Origin: Great Britain

Height: Height at the withers ranges from 9 to 12 inches for a mature male with the ideal being 10 inches. The female tends to be smaller.

Weight: The average weight is about 11 to 12 lbs.

Norfolk Terrier
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Breed Profile

Until 1963, when The Kennel Club (U.K.) granted the breed its name of Norfolk Terrier, the breed was simply known as the drop-eared version of the Norwich Terrier. It is believed that that the breed was developed from the crossing of small Irish Terriers and other Terrier breeds, including the Border and Cairn.

He is an alert and fearless little dog with a wonderful disposition. A good watchdog, loyal, devoted, never aggressive, and a delightful companion, he adapts well to city or country living. The Norfolk is versatile, agreeable, hardy and one of the smallest of the working Terriers. He was originally used to go to ground to chase fox and other small vermin, either alone or in a pack.

The Norfolk has a hard, wiry coat that lies close to the body. His colours are all shades of red, red wheaten, black and tan or grizzle.


Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Norfolk Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main General Information page.)

Additional Health Resources:

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.


Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.


Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Breed Listing

*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit:

*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.

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