Norfolk Terrier

Terrier Group

Two Norfolk Terrier dogs sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

9-10 in

Weight

11-12 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-16 yrs

History

The Norfolk Terrier was developed in Norfolk County, England during the 20th century. They were bred by a man who went by Frank "Roughrider" Jones to hunt rats and fox. It is believed that the Norfolk Terrier and their close cousins, the Norwich Terriers, are crosses of local terrier-like dogs, Irish terriers, and small red terriers used by Romani ratters. The Norfolk Terrier can be distinguished from the Norwich Terrier because Norfolks' ears flop over whereas Norwichs' ears are pricked.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Norfolk Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★☆

★☆

★☆

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Affectionate, lively, and make friends with everyone (except for small animals- those they will see as prey)

Bond intensely with their caretaker(s) and can become jealous over their attention

Known to be the most easy-going breed in the Terrier Group, and one of the quieter ones

Love to dig, especially when bored

Make for good travel companions as they are very adaptable and go-with-the-flow