Appearance Of The Norfolk Terrier
The Norfolk Terrier is a small breed of dog that is characterized by its wire-haired cost. This coat, according to kennel club standards, can be any shade of red, wheaten, black, tan, or grizzled. The Norfolk Terrier is the smallest of the working terrier breeds. These little balls of energy are quite active and love a good run around your yard or outdoor adventure.
The Norfolk Terrier is a strong and sturdy little dog with a head that is slightly round. They have a wedge-shaped muzzle with small oval-shaped eyes. Their eyes are usually dark in color. They have small ears that cling tightly to their face; giving them a very cute and cuddly appearance.
Their wiry double coat keeps them well protected from debris that they encounter in their environment. Their coat is usually around two inches long, however, it is a bit longer around the neck and shoulder region. Like other dog breeds, their hair is also a bit longer on the back of their legs and on their face in the eyebrow region.
Personality Of The Norfolk Terrier
These dogs are very playful and can sometimes be a bit mischievous. You may find that they steal your shoes and then want you to chase them around the house until you catch them and retrieve your shoes from their small grip. However, if he wants to keep them for himself, you may find that he finds a spot to bury them to hide them from you!
The Norfolk Terrier is a fearless breed of dog that does not let its small size stop him. They love to interact with their owners and love to play with children, making them a great family pet. The Norfolk Terrier enjoys consent attention from its human counterparts. They do not like to be left alone for extended periods of time; if they are left alone for too long, they are known to develop separation anxiety and other subsequent behavior issues.
This breed of dog is not particularly vocal compared to other dog breeds. However, they will bark to alert you when they feel like something is worthy of your attention. Due to their social nature, they also get along well with other dogs and animals. So, if you have other dogs in your house, the Norfolk Terrier will fit right in!
You may notice that when you are out for a walk with your Norfolk Terrier, they need to meet every person that they walk by. They are always eager to meet new people and love getting attention from everyone. They are very curious little dogs, so it is not surprising that they love to explore.
History And Origin Of The Norfolk Terrier
There are two terrier breeds that descended from a common ancestor. These two breeds are the Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier. Even though their early history is identical, they are now recognized as two separate breeds by the Kennel Club.
In the early 20th century, Frank “Roughrider” Jones first developed a breed of working terrier that he claimed was fearless and a wonderful companion. Early on in its creation, the dogs came in a variety of sizes, types, colors, and personalities. As this type of dog rose in popularity, breeders began to selectively breed to descendants of this breed. They noticed a difference between prick-eared dogs and drop-eared dogs.
Leading up to the classification, there was a lot of debate about the breed standard. In 1964 the English Kennel Club officially identified the dog as two separate breeds. They classified the drop-eared variety as the Norfolk Terrier and the prick-eared breed as the Norwich Terrier. Soon after, the American Kennel Club also made this distinction based on ear type.
Common Health Conditions Of The Norfolk Terrier
Every dog has the potential to develop genetic health problems as well as inherit specific diseases from its parents. This is why it is important to work with a reputable breeder that keeps the health of the dogs in mind while breeding. It is important that dogs are genetically tested for certain diseases and provided with the proper vaccinations before adoption.
The Norfolk Terrier is a relatively healthy breed of dog that has an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. However, there are some cases in which this dog has lived much longer than 14 years.
Like all other small dogs, the kneecaps of the Norfolk Terrier can pop out of place very easily, this is referred to as luxating patellas. Some other common issues and genetic diseases with this small breed are:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Heart Disease
- Eye Disease
- Knee Disease
- Patellar Luxation
As the owner, it is important that you take your dog to the vet on a regular schedule to prevent the formation of preventable diseases and keep your dog in optimal health. This helps to guarantee a happy and healthy existence with your canine companion for years to come.
Adopting A Norfolk Terrier
If you are looking to adopt a Norfolk Terrier, you should get in contact with your local breed association or contact your local animal shelter as they may have Norfolk Terriers available for adoption.
The Norfolk terrier has a lot to offer, but there are relatively few litters born and registered each year compared to some of the most popular American Kennel Club dog breeds. This means you will have to be patient if you want to get a Norfolk Terrier puppy from a quality breeder.
As with all purebred dog breeds, seeking a professional breeder is important. The work and passion that breeders put into their animals and their offspring are decisive for the success of the breeding and the physical and mental health of the animals. A responsible breeder places importance on the mother being able to recover after each birth. This reduces the number of litters per year and the profits made on the brood, but the health and balance of the dog are what is most important to him.
Good breeders do not sell their puppies before 8 weeks, as the imprinting phase of the first weeks is vital for the health and development of the psyche. This ensures that your dog will grow up to be social and able to interact positively with other members of your household as well as other dogs.
The breeder must also be a member of a dog breeding association. Only a central association can issue the pedigree that officially makes your dog an official purebred. This role may seem unnecessary when you only care to give a home to a dog of your favorite breed. However, dog breeding clubs have a reason for existing; they check the breeding conditions of the dogs, the breed of the parents, and make sure that your dog is a real purebred.
Mating is done with the knowledge of possible inherited diseases and the compatibility of the parents. A good breeder also supervises her dogs during pregnancy. After delivery, the puppies are also examined by a veterinarian and, until they are relocated, they receive everything they need for proper development; good quality food, vaccines, deworming, and social contact with their siblings, other dogs, and humans.
Of course, all this costs money. That’s why dog breeding is often more of an expensive hobby than a business. Professionally bred dogs tend to be more expensive than other pet stores, offering low-priced, non-pedigree dogs. Alternatively, you can find many purebred dogs in animal shelters that are happy to find a new home.
We always encourage people to check out their local animal shelters, as there are always dogs there that are looking for a loving family to adopt them. You may even get lucky and discover that your animal shelter has a Norfolk Terrier that is looking to be adopted. If you don’t want to pay a lot for the dog of your dreams, you should consider visiting a local animal shelter.
Caring For And Training Your Norfolk Terrier
You should begin training your Norfolk Terrier as soon as you bring it into your home to ensure a happy and healthy existence as the dog grows and matures. You should introduce them to other animals and people to prevent them from becoming timid later on. This breed is known for being rather stubborn as they are a very smart breed of dog and will only do something if they feel like doing it. However, if proper training and positive reinforcement, your Norfolk Terrier will make a perfect addition to your family.
Additionally, you should make sure your Norfolk Terrier receives daily exercise to keep them both happy and healthy. They love to explore their outdoor environment as well as meet new people.
The Norfolk Terrier has a straight, wiry coat that needs to be hand-stripped at least twice a year. This is a rather time-consuming process and involves taking a stripping knife to pull out loose hair. If you do not strip the dog’s coat, then your Norfolk Terrier will have a very scruffy appearance. Additionally, a stripped coat is more resistant to the accumulation of debris, meaning they need fewer baths.
The dog’s wire coat needs to be brushed at least once a week to remove any dead and debris that may have accumulated over time. In addition to coat care, you should also trim your dog’s nails once a week as well as brush its teeth at least three to four times a week. This will help to prevent dental issues from forming and keep your dog both happy and healthy!