AKC PuppyFinder: Norfolk Terrier Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Alert, fearless, fun-loving, and more sociable than the usual terrier
- Energy Level: Very Active; Brisk walks, socializing, and games of fetch will expend some of their boundless energy
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 9-10 inches
- Weight: 11-12 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
The Norfolk Terrier is as affectionate and fun-loving at home as he is fearless and determined in the field. This energetic breed is highly adaptable, happy in the city or the country or as a traveling companion, as long as they get lots of daily exercise. Your Norfolk Terrier puppy is energetic and sociable, charming you with his cute ears and expressive face. He gets along with other animals, except very small animals, which he may see as prey. As a family member, he's charming, loyal and up for anything, as long as he can do it with you.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1979
Breed History & Job Description: Frank “Roughrider” Jones, an English horseman of the early 20th century, developed little red terriers as ratters and fox bolters. In the beginning, the Norwich (ears up) and Norfolk (ears down) were considered one breed. In England and North America both dogs were first classified as Norwich Terriers, sometimes called Jones Terriers. Over time, the two types diverged. In 1964 the English recognized the Norfolk as a distinct breed, as did the AKC in 1979.
Norfolk Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like congenital cardiac disease, patellar luxation, and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Norfolk Terriers are healthy dogs.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Patella Evaluation
- Cardiac Exam
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Breed Club