The Norfolk Terrier is the smallest of the working Terriers. Prior to 1960, when it gained recognition as an independent breed, it was a variety of the Norwich Terrier, distinguished from the Norwich by its
All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle. Some may have limited white mixed within these colors.
This breed has a double coat – a harsh, wiry topcoat and a soft, warm undercoat. Ideally the coat should be combed and brushed daily. The coat is also considered to be shaggy and waterproof, as well as of medium-length. Norfolks are light shedders, although extra care should be taken when it sheds seasonally. Bathing should be limited and dry shampooing is more advisable; but only when necessary. The coat should be occasionally trimmed.
They are generally considered as a long-lived, hardy and healthy breed. Their long life expectancy can vouch for this fact. They have a low susceptibility to illness.
A Norfolk’s typical breed temperament is happy, self-confident and spirited. Norfolks have the softest temperaments of the Terrier Group. They are described as fearless, but should not be aggressive despite being capable of defending themselves if need be.
As companions in the home they love people and children and make great family pets. Norfolks are self confident, brave, affectionate and carry themselves with presence and importance, holding their heads and tails erect and high. A Norfolk that is shy, or carries its tail between its legs is untypical as is a dog that is hot tempered and aggressive with other dogs.
The greatest punishment to a Norfolk is his human companion ignoring him. They may also get jealous. It has been known before. Their love for the family is unquestionable though.
Their activity level is generally reflective of the pace of their environment. They have a medium energy level. This breed should not be kept to live outside since they thrive on human contact. If, however they live outdoors, they are natural hunters with a strong instinct to hunt for small vermin.
They do well in an apartment, if they get sufficient exercise. They are fairly active indoors, but it is not a problem if there is no yard, as long as they are taken on daily walks.