Norfolk Terrier

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 9in - 0ft 10in
Weight: 11-12lbs
Lifespan: 11 - 15 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone5/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

Norfolk Terrier Information

Norfolk TerrierWeighing in at only 10-12 pounds, the Norfolk Terrier is a tiny little bundle of joy and attitude. This hardy breed was used by hunters and farmers in the field for its even temperament, fearless nature and adaptable attitude.

Affectionate and loyal, the Norfolk is more social than other Terriers and loves being part of a family. His folded-over ears, button nose, deep eyes and wiry fur (which can be black and tan, grizzle, red or wheaten) are hard to resist! Just make sure he gets lots of exercise and play time – this breed is active.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Norfolk Terriers be apartment dogs?

The Norfolk Terriers does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can Norfolk Terriers be left alone?

Norfolk Terriers are a very independent breed. They will typically do well when on their own for longer periods. Just be sure to avoid being neglectful.

Are Norfolk Terriers good with kids?

Norfolk Terriers do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Norfolk Terriers friendly with strangers?

Typically, Norfolk Terriers are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Norfolk Terriers get along with other dogs?

Although Norfolk Terriers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Norfolk Terriers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Norfolk Terriers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Norfolk Terriers shed a lot?

Norfolk Terriers shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Norfolk Terriers need a lot of grooming?

Norfolk Terriers don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Norfolk Terriers need a lot of exercise?

A Norfolk Terrier will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Norfolk Terriers easy to train?

Typically, Norfolk Terriers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Norfolk Terriers handle cold weather?

Norfolk Terriers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Norfolk Terriers handle hot weather?

Norfolk Terriers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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