Norfolk Terrier (Terrier Group)
The Norfolk Terrier is a true hunter at heart, always looking to chase small rabbits and fox. These dogs make up in boldness what they might not have in size. Being the smaller dog that he is, the Norfolk Terrier is quite scrappy and very strong-willed, making them excellent watchdogs.
One of the interesting aspects of the Norfolk’s personality is its friendliness towards other dogs and pets. The same goes for strangers. Most terriers have reservations around unknown people or animals but the Norfolk Terrier is always looking for a new friend to have fun with.
A Brief History Of The Norfolk Terrier
The Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier share the exact same history. As they were being developed, these dogs could be found with droopy ears (which became the Norfolk Terrier) and others with high-standing, prick ears (which became the Norwich Terrier). No one of the two dogs could be claimed as having been originally created first.
Both types of Terriers were seen in the show ring during the 1930s. Breeders tried to cross both types but the results were not promising. By crossing the droopy-eared breed with the prick-eared type, the offspring had uncertain ear carriage, so the practice was stopped.
Both types of terriers were alive and well but the prick-eared type had grown to be more popular. The droopy-eared version (Norfolk Terrier) was all by wiped out during World War II. The only reason why they survived was due the efforts of a woman named Miss Macfie.
During the 1940s Miss Macfie helped breeders recreate the droopy-eared version and soon their numbers rose to great popularity. In 1964, the dogs were officially changed to two separate breeds, with the United States following suite in 1979.
Upkeep Requirements For The Norfolk Terrier
Norfolk Terriers must have daily exercise to take care of its high energy levels. Due to its small stature these requirements can be met with a few brisk walks on the leash or some playtime in the yard. They especially love to investigate and hunt so having access to the outside during the day is ideal.
With tolerance to moderately hot or cool temperatures this is not the type of breed to have living outdoors. At night they should be inside with the rest of the family. They form tight bonds with their owners and very family oriented. Grooming requirements for the Norfolk Terrier call for a heavy brushing twice weekly due to the wiry coat.
The average lifespan of the Norfolk Terrier is between thirteen and fifteen years. The only major health concern in the breed is CHD. Minor health issues include allergies. Rarely seen is patellar luxation. Veterinarians suggest that these dogs get specifically tested for hip and knee problems.