norfolk terrier breed information

common health issues

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Glaucoma is characterized by an elevation of pressure inside the eye. High pressure in the eye causes extreme discomfort and may lead to an enlarged, bulging eye and result in blindness. Treatment for glaucoma consists of life-long medical therapy, and often requires surgical removal of the affected eye. Long term prognosis for vision in the affected eye is poor.

In Mitral Valve Disease, a defect in the mitral valve causes an insufficient seal in the heart. The leaky valve allows the blood to back flow into the heart rather than flow out to the body, in turn causing the heart to work harder. Over time, mitral valve disease can lead to congestive heart failure.

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)