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Norfolk Terrier

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While the Norfolk Terrier numbers among the smallest of the Terriers, it would be a mistake to think that this breed is any less Terrier as a result.  Treasured in its homeland for its remarkable tenacity and "gameness" when facing down a fox or other wild animal in their den.  The Norfolk is an exceptional blend of charm, independence, intelligence, confidence and entertainment in a small package.  A home that recognizes and rejoices in this attitude will have a charming companion that is not the typical cloying small dog companion.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 9-12 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 11-12 pounds Longevity: 14-18 years
Colors: red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle, dark points are acceptable Coat type: harsh, straight, wiry 1-2inch long top coat and soft undercoat
Recognized Registries: UKC, NCA, AKC, FCI and others
Overall Appearance: One of the smallest of the game terriers and remarkably effective for it compact size. Short legs, typicaly Terrier coat, significant substance and alert expression with folded ears create a dog of remarkable charm and sturdiness.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: genial, prefers their people but not inherently suspicious
  with Children: varies with proper handling and introduction to well behaved children, ALWAYS supervise small children with any dog.
  with other pets: generally good but can be problematic with cats or rodents (because of their purpose and drive)
  with dogs: can be good but are often expected to spar so will often challenge other dogs
Socialization requirements: very high, the improperly reared Terrier is generally a hazard to be around
Ideal home characteristics: one that respects the unique personality inherent in a dog of such unique resourcefulness and loyalty
Temperament Notes: Unique in their independent drive plus loyalty and entertaining natures. Adore getting attention but often on their own terms.
Training requirement: Basic manners, housetraining, heavy socializing
Trainer notes:

A properly reared Norfolk Terrier will be charming and confident in a variety of social circles.  They will be assured of how universally adorable they are.  A wonderful gift, but one that can leave a trainer challenged as this dog's confidence and independence can often leave them assessing that it is easier to get love and attention than by performing as the trainer requests.  Nevertheless, the Norfolk (and its other Terrier cousins) are among the most extraordinary once they are appropriately and enthusiastically trained as they seem incapable of performing any endeavor without great enthusiasm and verve.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition: early-mid 1800s but defined as a breed much later
Country of Origin: England
Original Function: ratter
History: Appealing and effective ratters, the Norfolk was a common type of ratter noted in many prints of Terriers in the 1800s, it was only recognized and defined as a breed much later, perhaps even the early 1900s.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large, too small, soft coat
Health Notes: epilepsy, dysplasia
Health Testing: OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Norfolk Terriers?
  • What criteria do you hold for your breeding stock?
  • What health issues do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What do you consider ideal Norfolk Terrier temperament?
  • What would you consider an ideal Norfolk Terrier home?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their new homes?
  • What suggestions do you have for raising and training a Norfolk Terrier?
Web Sites: Rescue for the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers

Other Resources
Breed standard: Norfolk Terrier Breed Standard with the UKC

Breeder Ethics: Norfolk Terrier Code of Ethics

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