Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk Terrier is small, short-legged dog with a harsh and wiry outer coat with longer fur around the neck, shoulders and legs. The Norfolk Terrier has ears that lay forwards compared to the Norwich Terrier that has erect or prick ears. The Norfolk Terrier was originally bred to hunt vermin.

Norfolk Terrier breed group


Size of the Norfolk Terrier


Colour varieties of the Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk Terrier comes in a variety of colours including:

  • Black & Tan
  • Grizzle
  • Red
  • Red Grizzle
  • Red Wheaten
  • Wheaten

Country of origin

Great Britain

Size and weight of the Norfolk Terrier

Height bitch 23-25cms

Height dog 23-25cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 5-5.4kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 5-5.4kgs

Exercise requirements of the Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk Terrier is a lively and energetic dog that requires an hour of exercise off the lead daily. It’s a small dog, making it practical and adaptable to most living spaces. The Norfolk Terrier can happily live in a city or apartment as long as it receives an adequate amount of exercise and stimulation.

Norfolk Terrier temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Norfolk Terrier is an energetic, enthusiastic, friendly dog with a confident attitude. It is a dog that loves the company of people, and children too. It is generally sociable and friendly with other dogs, but socialisation and training should be introduced from an early age.

Care should be taken around cats, and contact with other smaller pets in the family should be avoided, due to the strong and instinctive hunting nature of this breed.

Is the Norfolk Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The Norfolk Terrier is easy to train and a practical size for most family homes.

Norfolk Terrier coat length

Medium.The Norfolk Terrier has a harsh and wiry outer coat with longer fur around the neck, shoulders and legs.

Grooming requirements of the Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk Terrier requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove mud, twigs, tangles and matts. The coarse coat requires professional hand stripping by a professional dog groomer 2-3 times per year. Clipping and cutting the harsh outer coat will harm the coarse coat, and should be avoided. Expect to pay from £30 upwards for a full grooming session for your Norfolk Terrier.

Ears need to be plucked, cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


No. This breed sheds so is an unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk Terrier is a fairly healthy and hardy dog with few inherited health issues, but owners should consult their breeder about the following known issues in the breed:

  • Luxating patellas
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Dental problems

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Norfolk Terrier

A healthy Norfolk Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 8-14 years.

Approximate Norfolk Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £500-£1,000 for a pedigree Norfolk Terrier. Litters are frequently available. 575 pedigree puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 2-5 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Norfolk Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 5kgs requires 123gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will cost around £3.00 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the terrier group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment