Norfolk Terrier


For much of their early history in England, the Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier were believed to be different varieties of the same breed — the Norfolk with drop ears and the Norwich with prick ears. Not until the 1930s did breeders begin to separate the varieties. Though today’s Norfolk is not the ratter of its heyday, the breed still loves a good chase when out and about with its owner.

Small; 9 to 10 inches, 11 to 12 pounds.


Red, wheaten, black and tan, and grizzle.


Energetic, bold, and feisty. A Terrier at heart; curious, independent, stubborn, loves to hunt and dig. Affectionate and loyal. Good with children when raised with them.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner in a suburban or rural home.


Daily exercise (short to moderate walk, hike), leash, fenced yard, positive training methods, human companionship, combing once or twice a week plus hand stripping three or four times a week.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.