The Norfolk Terrier is the smallest of the terrier group. It is short, sturdy and strong. Originally the Norfolk and the Norwich Terriers were considered the same breed and were distinguished by their ears with the Norfolk terrier having drop ears, and the Norwich having pricked. The head is roundish with a wedge-shaped muzzle. The eyes are small, dark and oval. The wiry, shaggy, straight coat can be red, wheaten, grizzle, tan, and black and tan.
The Norfolk Terrier was developed in Anglica, England. The Norfolk and Norwich Terriers used to be the same breed with two different ear types with both being referred to as the Norwich Terrier.They were employed as ratters in stables and also would flush foxes out of their dens during hunts due to their small size.
The Norfolk Terrier is considered to have the mildest of the terrier breeds along with the Norwich and Border Terriers. They are active, courageous, affectionate. As they are patient and easy to get along with, they make excellent companions for children and other dogs. Should be socialized and supervised with non-canine pets. As ratters, they love to chase toss toys. They do tend to bark and are very social.
Breed Club Links: Norfolk Terrier Club
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