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.
Daily exercise (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 and glaucoma; 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 chronic conditions 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.