At around 10 inches tall, the Norfolk Terrier is the smallest of the working terriers and was developed from the Norwich Terrier. The Norfolk Terrier sports “drop ears,” while it’s forefathers are known as “prick-eared.” They were bred as barn dogs
and excelled at keeping their owners’ properties free of rats and other vermin.
Today, Norfolk Terriers are mostly bred to be companion animals here in the United States, and they thrive with human contact. They are best suited to a mostly indoor life, and enjoy the company of children as well. Norfolk Terriers, like other terriers, are fearless and spirited, so obedience training is important. Truly a happy dog, they seem to permanently have a smile on their fuzzy faces.
(both mental and physical) is important, but Norfolk terriers are generally easy keepers, as grooming is needed only occasionally.
But despite their sunny dispositions, Norfolk Terriers are also known for being predisposed to hereditary and congenital conditions
that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances
. Some of the conditions and illnesses Norfolk Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts
; heart conditions
like mitral valve disease; and joint conditions such as medial patellar luxation
and hip dysplasia
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance
covers all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of your pet
as standard. Which means if your Norfolk Terrier inherits his dad’s weak heart or his mom’s bad hips, your pocketbook will be protected