Learn about the temperament and personality of the Norfolk Terrier. Discover what he’s like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of Norfolk Terrier photos.
Norfolk Terrier Temperament
The Norfolk Terrier is alert, active, energetic, fearless, feisty, sociable and charming. They are assertive without being aggressive, and unlike many terrier breeds, usually get along with other dogs. However, they shouldn’t be trusted in a home with gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, birds, and other small pets. This breed was created to hunt small animals and their prey-drive is high. The Norfolk Terrier needs daily exercise and enjoys walking and jogging. He will take as much exercise as you can give. They also enjoy agility, earthdog tests, tracking and obedience. They should always be on lead or in a fenced area, as they are the opposite of road smart. They will take off after a squirrel and run right into traffic. The fence must be secure, as they are talented escapologists. They love children and are well-behaved with respectful kids. Many are good with cats, especially if brought up around them. Most are not yappy, but they will bark if someone is at the door or walking by. They do make good watchdogs, but once someone is inside your house — the Norfolk Terrier loves everyone! They will bark and/or dig if they are bored, lonely, or unexercised. They are trainable but learn slowly. They are willing to please, but always independent-minded. They are usually quick to housetrain. They are loyal, devoted, and loving, and will want to be included in family life and activities.
Norfolk Terrier Training
The Norfolk Terrier is harder to train than most other dog breeds. He learns new commands more slowly than the majority of other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.
Norfolk Terrier Shedding
The Norfolk Terrier sheds practically no hair at all. You’ll virtually never find a hair in your home!
Norfolk Terrier Grooming
Pet coat (less work): Cut his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
Show coat (more work): Strip his coat every six months and brush it daily.