The wiry coat requires diligent brushing and some professional grooming to look its best.
Energetic and spry, the Norfolk Terrier does well with other animals and families. They are known for their ability to adapt to different situations, making the breed ideal for either the city or country lifestyle. They make affectionate and loyal companions and enjoy walks and spending time with their owners. The Norfolk's coat requires regular grooming, including brushing and stripping.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Norfolk Terrier is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Created to hunt in packs, Norfolks are geared to be more gregarious than the typically independent terrier. Norfolks are among the smallest terriers but have plenty of the old pepper-and-vinegar attitude expected in earthdogs. Few Norfolks these days earn their living hunting rodents, but a good one will fearlessly do so if given a chance. Norfolks bond closely, sometimes jealously, with their owners and make nice little watchdogs. They have a reputation as a pet that travels well: portable, adaptable, and up for anything.
Norfolk Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like congenital cardiac disease, patellar luxation, and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Norfolk Terrier are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Norfolk Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.