The Norfolk Terrier is a medium sized dog that is not is too heavy as it would not be able to move effectively to catch its prey. This breed is generally driven, and have a large gait to catch their prey. The average height for both males and bitch Norfolk Terriers is 10 to 12 inches, and the average weight is about 12 pounds.
The Norfolk Terriers are fearless, and are no aggressive towards people or other dogs, unless it is necessary and this is where their instincts kick in. The Norfolk Terrier is calm in its temperament, and is a good companion dog. It is excellent with children and they make great family pets. The dogs often had to work in packs, and therefore have a very soft temperament and can get along with lots of different species in different situations. The Norfolk Terrier loves human contact and is very loyal. If they are not given the appropriate amount of attention they will resort to bad behavior such as digging or barking to beat the boredom.
The Norfolk Terrier should not be left alone for long periods of time or their behavior can intensify. If brought up in the home as a puppy the dogs will have generally no behavioral problems. If brought in later they can be accustomed to their routine and find difficulty adjusting to the new rules. This breed is very confident and self important, they hold both their tails and their heads erect when they walk. The Norfolk Terrier is unique in the fact that it is not aggressive, it is very calm and will walk with its tail between its legs if it is not in a good mood. This breed does not show aggression to other dogs generally in most situations even if they are extraneous. The Norfolk Terrier will suffer the most if it is ignored by its owner that is the single greatest form of rejection that a Norfolk can withstand, it would crush their spirit tremendously.
This Norfolk Terrier was again like most terriers developed as a rodent killer in the late 1800’s. The top sportsmen trained theses dogs to be killing machines. It was also the enduring nature of the dog that made them excellent companions. The name of the Norfolk came about after names such as the Can tab Terrier, when it was in style for students at Cambridge University in England to have them as dorm mates. The Norfolk Terrier has lots of mix in its blood, as it has cousins in the Cairn Terrier, the Irish Terrier, and the Nordic Terrier. The crossing of these breeds resulted in the dropped ear of the Norfolk we see today.