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Norfolk Terrier

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Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terriers have a wiry, weather-resistant double coat. The hair on the neck should be longer forming a mane. The undercoat should be straight and thick. When showing this breed, desirable coat colors are tan and black, red, wheaten, and grizzle. Norfolk Terriers should not have white markings. The head is slightly rounded and the skull is wide. The muzzle tapers into a wedge-shape and the stop is well-defined. The small, expressive eyes should be oval in shape and dark in color. The V-shaped, wide set ears are medium in size and should drop forward close to the cheek. The nose is black and the jaw strong. The teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The long muscular neck merges into a short, stocky body. The chest is deep and the topline level. The forelegs should be straight and muscular while the hindlegs are broad and strong. The feet are rounded with thick pads. The high set tail is carried high and is customarily docked by half.

Temperament Norfolk Terriers are affectionate, balanced, alert, devoted and friendly. However, they can also have a mind of their own and be willful. They get along well with older more respectful children and with the elderly. Some may prefer one family member over the other and may suffer from jealousy. However, they love to be included in all manner of family life. This charming breed may become destructive if left alone for long periods of time. Norfolk Terriers can be feisty and should not be let off a lead in unsecure areas.
Height, Weight Height: 10" ; Weight: 10-12 lbs.
Health Problems Norfolk Terriers are generally a healthy, hardy breed however common ailments include skin issues, heart murmurs, and genetic eye problems.
Living Conditions Norfolks can live okay in an apartment if they are given sufficient exercise. They are pretty active indoors and will do fine without a yard.
Exercise This energetic dog was bred to work and thrive on an active life. They are pretty even-tempered if you miss a day of exercise.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This breed needs daily brushing because of their medium-length weatherproof coat. Only a little clipping is necessary. Shampoo when necessary. This breed is a light shedder.
Origin The Norfolk Terrier originated in the 1800s and were breed to catch vermin. They were developed from the Border Terrier, the Cairn Terrier and a red terrier from Ireland. Eventually this little dog was used in fox hunts to lure them out of their hiding places. This terrier breed is fairly sociable since they were bred to hunt in packs. In the late 1800s this breed became popular with the students at Cambridge University and quickly became their mascot. The breed was first recognized in the United Kingdom in 1932; however, in 1964 the breed was separated between the Norfolk and the Norwich Terriers. The AKC and the UKC recognized this separation in 1979. The reason for the distinction of breeds was due to the primary characteristic of each breed. The Norwich Terrier has erect ears, rounded bodies, and enjoy urban lifestyles. The Norfolk Terriers ears drop close to the head, have narrower bodies, tend to become jealous and love to hunt or race.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier