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Adopt a Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier Dog Breed

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Area of origin:


Original function:

ratting, fox bolting

Average size of male:

Ht: 9-10, Wt: 11-12

Average size of female:

Ht: 9-10, Wt: 11-12

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    Cold tolerance

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    Heat tolerance

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Norfolk Terrier Dog Temperament

Feisty, bold, inquisitive, game, scrappy, stubborn and independent, the Norfolk is all terrier. She has been called a "demon" in the field, and she loves to hunt, dig and investigate. She must be exercised in a safe area. SHe is clever and amiable but strong-willed.

Norfolk Terrier Dog Care

The Norfolk terrier needs an exercise outing every day, either a short to moderate walk or a lively and boisterous play session. She especially likes to hunt and investigate, but she must do so in a safe area. She is such a family-oriented dog that she is emotionally unsuited for outdoor living. She does best as a house dog with access to a yard. Her wire coat needs combing once or twice weekly, plus stripping of dead hairs three to four times yearly.

Norfolk Terrier Dog Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: none
Occasionally seen: cardiomyopathy, patellar luxation
Suggested tests: (cardiac), (knee)
Life span: 13-15 years

Interested in the history of the Norfolk Terrier dog breed?

The Norfolk terrier shares an identical early history with the Norwich terrier. During the development of these breeds, both prick and drop ears were seen, and neither could lay claim to being more authentic or original than the other. In the 1930s, soon after their entry into the show rings, breeders found that crossing the two types of ear carriage resulted in uncertain ear carriage in the offspring, so they began avoiding crossing the two ear types. The prick-eared type were more numerous; in fact, the drop-eared type almost vanished during World War II. The drop-eared strain owes her existence to the single-handed and determined efforts of Miss Macfie of the Colansays. In the 1940s, breeders came to her to renew breeding the drop-eared type of Norwich, and they soon caught up with the prick-eared type in popularity, although not in show awards. Eventually, amid some controversy, the breed was officially changed from one breed with two varieties to two separate breeds. This happened in 1964 in England and in 1979 in the United States.

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