In 1964 the two types were separated
into Norwich Terriers (prick ears) and Norfolk Terriers (drop ears).
The Norfolk Terrier was originally bred as a farm dog and hunter of small
vermin such as rats.
His weather-resistant coat is hard and wiry
and comes in all shades of red, red-wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle. Lying close to the
body, the coat is
generally longer and rougher on the head and shoulders. Although
he stands just 10 inches high at the shoulder, he is a fearless little dog and makes
a good watchdog, always announcing the presence of strangers.
Active and compact, Norfolk Terriers have the feisty
personality of all terriers. They are alert, curious, and hardy little dogs who love being
outdoors. Like their cousins, Norfolk Terriers have lovable dispositions and get
along well with other dogs and children. They are affectionate, playful, and outgoing dogs
with the terrier passion for digging!
Norfolk Terriers are clever and learn quickly. Early
obedience and socialization is a good idea. Although their size makes them suited for almost
any accommodation, they are busy, active, little dogs, who need regular exercise. They are
wonderful companions, perfect for the active hiker.