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Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

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Breed Organization
The Norfolk Terrier Club
Native Country
Great Britain
Other Names
Life Expectancy
Approximately 10-14 Years
Litter Size
Average 2-4 Puppies
Breed Group
AKC Terrier
Breed Appearance
The Norfolk Terrier is a strong, sturdy, short, little dog. The head is slightly rounded, and wide with a good amount of space between the ears. The wedge-shaped muzzle is strong, with a well-defined stop. The small, oval shaped eyes are dark in color. The ears are small, hanging tight to the cheeks. The legs are straight and the feet are round with black toenails. The medium-sized tail is set high, level with the topline and is usually docked by half. Note: it is illegal to dock tails in most of Europe. The wiry, straight coat is about one and a half to two inches long. Coat colors include red, wheaten, tan, black and tan, or grizzle with or without dark points and occasionally with white markings.

Breed Description
Head: Round, broad, slightly domed skull. Distinct stop. Strong wedge-shape muzzle. Strong jaws, tight lips.
Ears: Medium size, V-shaped, slightly rounded tips, falling forward against the cheeks.
Eyes: Oval. Dark chestnut or dark color.
Body: Compact, strong neck. Horizontal topline. Ribs well sprung. Short back.
Tail: Medium docked, carried erect. Medium length, thick at the root and tapering to the tip. Carried straight and proudly.
Hair: Hard, wiry, straight, lying close to the skin. Longer and bushier on the neck and shoulders.
Coat: All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White markings or patches are not permissible.
Size: 25 to 26 cm (9,8 to 10,2 in).
Weight: Approximately 5kg (11lb).

This breed was developed in the county of Norfolk. It was originally considered a variety of the Norwich Terrier from which it is descended, since it differed only in the carriage of its ears. In 1932, The Kennel Club recognized the Norwich Terrier. The Norfolk Terrier was not recognized until 1964.

This rustic, hardy, alert, bold dog is essentially calm, friendly, and gentle with children. He is an ardent hunter that forces prey from burrows, hunts vermin, and is capable of hunting in a pack. The Norfolk is also an excellent guard dog. Firm training is required.

Norfolks do have incidences of mitral valve disease, luxating patellas, and incorrect bites (where the teeth do not align with the breed standard, i.e. overshot or undershot). Norfolks most often have shallow hip sockets and many breedlines are dysplastic. There has never been a Norfolk Terrier recognized by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) as having "excellent" rated hips. Therefore responsible breeders are testing for hip dysplasia. Breeders that do not radiograph hips and have them evaluated by either OFA or PennHip, cannot answer questions regarding hip dysplasia in their breeding program.

The Norfolk can live in a city if he gets out often to burn off excess energy. Daily brushing is required. This breed should be professionally groomed two to four times per year.

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