Known as closes cousin to Norwich terrier, the Norfolk terrier originated in East Anglia, England. An Englishman created a hybridization of Glen of Imaal Terriers and a dark brindle Cairn type bitch to a working dog from Norwich named Rags. With working terriers of Cambridge, Norwich and Market Harborough he crossed the offspring to create a fearless and sturdy breed later considered as Norwich terrier by the Kennel Club (England) in 1932. This breed is a quintessential terrier, which is fierce and feisty at the same time. As a faithful companion and as well as an accomplished ratter, it delights its guardian.
This dog has an energetic and lively temperament while having a natural love for children. Although the character is generally right to the standard for lovable disposition and not quarrelsome, this breed has a habit of digging, catching rats and mice and for dispatching birds or two. Among the terrier group, this breed along with Norwich Terriers, have the softest temperament. They must get along with other dogs and work in packs. Their activity level is generally reflective of their environment. To activate the minds, these dogs need toys. It is not safe to leave them alone for too long since they start to bark, dig and chew other items in the house.
With harder outercoat and soft undercoat, this terrier has a double coat, which insulates the body from heat and cold.
These dogs are generally healthy. But checking of heart, eye and patellar luxation is necessary. They are prone to epilepsy. Brushing of teeth with toothpaste formulated for dogs is often required. To ensure that the dog has a healthy and long life, a regular visit to the vet for checkups and parasite control is necessary.
To stay healthy and happy, this dog needs a moderate amount of exercise. The boundless energy of this dog will get expend with socialization, long walks and games of fetch with the owner. While on an outing, they should be on a leash and when it is free, it is to be kept in the fenced yard due to the active nature and extremely high prey drive. They are fit for an apartment, due to the size.
Norfolks are geared to be more gregarious than the typical independent terrier, and they hunt in packs. If done in a right manner, they are easy to train. By reward system, these beautiful canines give best results. It is not appropriate to think that it will understand, whatever you ask of him. He must be shown what you mean by the word.
The breeder will give a feeding schedule for the Norfolk Terrier. Feeding the same puppy food is essential. Otherwise, it can create tummy upset. Changing of diet can be a gradual process, and that will need time. Adult Norflocks can be fussy eaters and two times meals are given to them. The requirement of fresh water is a must for these dogs every time.