Norfolk terriers are at first sight small and particularly cute dogs. However, they are much more than that. Loyal, intelligent and fearless companions who love fun and games. They may be the right size, but they are not just lap dogs. Despite their playfulness, Norfolks are true terriers. In other words, these little four-legged friends are lively, confident and adventurous.
Norfolk Terriers have a relatively inconspicuous appearance. That is why they are often mistaken for mongrels. Their disposition is adorable, balanced and vivid. Biting and nervous Norfolkers are almost non-existent.
The Norfolk Terrier in itself has a robust and strong structure. Even though he is one of the smallest terriers. In fact, a Norfolk Terrier can be just 25 cm tall as soon as he is fully grown. Nevertheless, do not underestimate him, because he is not afraid to defend his territory.
He is a compact contemporary, who likes to free and independent moves. With its weather-resistant coat, it is a versatile and pleasant dog breed. Also unmistakable are the expressive Tilt ears of the Norfolks and the short legs.
The Fur of a Norfolk Terrier is hard, almost wiry and fall rather straight. Their close relatives are the Norwich Terriers. With them, accordingly, they share many features. Both species are most easily distinguished by the shape of the ears. The Norwich Terrier has erect, pointed ears. The ears of the Norfolk Terrier are folded.
Norfolk Terriers have been Work bred in packs. Due to this they are far more sociable than a typical terrier. Nevertheless, much of the terrier-ness still slumbers in them. However, they have a pleasant nature and no tendencies to scuffles.
Nowadays there are only a few Norfolk Terriers that are also used as working animals. In the past, they were trained to hunt rats and other unwanted rodents.
Generally they are ideal guard dogs. They sound the alarm when strangers enter their territory uninvited. So Norfolk Terriers are also fond of barking.
Norfolk Terriers do not weigh much. Therefore, you can easily carry them in your hands or in a bag. Because of this, Norfolk Terriers have the reputation of being good traveling companions to be. In fact they are extremely adaptable dogs. They are suitable for almost everything - of course, within the dog-friendly framework.
Basically, the Norfolk Terrier is a low-maintenance companion. Due to his size, he can stay well in small spaces. As long as the owners also provide enough exercise, he is a perfect pet dog. In particular, also because they are very vigilant animals.
A plus point of Norfolk Terriers is that they get along well with other dogs. Thus, they are ideal as a second dog. Furthermore, his behavior towards children is without problems. Nevertheless, children should be advised to give the Norfolk Terrier his space. Otherwise, he could react sensitively.
Nevertheless, the "little red one", as it is also often affectionately called, makes itself especially as a Family dog popular.
The right food
The Norfolk Terrier prefers high quality and varied dog food. Each chuck should follow the Age (puppy, adult or senior), Weight and Activity of a dog correspond. However, for all ages, the dog must be not only dry food should eat.
Some Norfolk Terriers have a clear tendency to overweight. So pay attention to calorie consumption and weight of your dog.
treats are training aids. But the same applies to Norfolk Terriers as to all dog breeds. Too many treats as well as snacking can lead to obesity.
Basically, it is important to always give your dog fresh and clean water to provide the water. Refill the water bowl regularly with fresh, clean water.
Otherwise, follow exactly the same dietary rules that apply to other breeds of dogs. For example, the diet of a dog should always include a high meat content have. Also, his food must not contain unnecessary additives. Also avoid products with sugar and too much grain.
Norfolk Terrier Care
A typical Norfolk terrier possesses a double fur coat. This consists of a harder outer layer and a soft undercoat. This sophisticated fur system protects the small dog's body from both heat and cold.
Norfolk Terriers develop excess undercoat. This excess material can easily be gently removed or plucked from your dog by hand, so that new fur can grow back well and healthy: this is called Trimming.
For this you can use a simple Dog comb take to the aid. Trimming the coat of the Norfolk Terrier keeps its beautiful shine and rich color. And your dog will feel comfortable and fresh.
Do not bathe your Norfolk Terrier. Especially not in the days before trimming. Norfolk Terrier is enough to shower them with water from time to time.
The Norfolk Terrier is easy to care for. It hardly sheds and you only have to trim the Norfolk Terrier's coat two or three times a year. Important: Do not use scissors or clippers.
Also you should use the ears and eyes regularly for dirt or deposits and clean them. This reduces the risk of infections.
The teeth of a Norfolk should be regularly cleaned with a toothpaste for dogs.
Norfolk terriers are generally healthy dogs. Nevertheless, some may develop Heart and eye problems or Patellar luxation come.
Regular veterinary examinations also ensure that your dog lives long and healthy.
Being very active by nature, when walking the Norfolk Terrier should be always be led on a leash. He has a hunting and can nimbly chase small animals. As long as he is fenced, the Norfolker can run around freely without any problems.
Make sure that the leash for your Norfolker no flexi leash is. Also use no chest harness. A leash with snap hook is ideal for Norfolk Terriers. On large area is worth drag leash.
Go to Trimming of the fur you need a stable Comb.
With its boundless energy, it is advantageous long Walks to undertake. Playing together is also important to him. So different toys should be in the standard repertoire.
For the basic equipment also includes: Food and water bowl, basket, transport box.
Origin & History
Previously Norwich Terriers and Norfolk Terrier considered as one breed. In England and in the USA, both dogs were first classified as Norwich Terriers.
Derived from the name of its breeder Frank "Roughrider" Jones, these dogs were sometimes called Jones Terrier denoted. Frank "Roughrider" Jones was an English dog breeder and horseman. At the beginning of the 20th century, he developed this small red-furred terrier breed. He used them to Rats and other rodents to hunt.
After long debates 1964 the Norfolk Terrier was awarded as an independent breed. Later, more entries of the Norfolk Terrier in the official dog breed lists followed. The Canadian Kennel Club officially separated both breeds in the year 1977. Two years later also joined the AKC to this decision and officially separated the Norwich and Norfolk Terriers.
The FCI recognized the Norfolk Terrier 1966 finally as a race.
But where does the name Norfolk come from? Norfolk as well as Norwich refer to their place of origin. The northern English city of Norwich in the county of Norfolk, north of London.