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norfolk terrier

norfolk terrier

The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest terriers around today. They have a wiry, hard, straight, weatherproof coat that comes in all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle. Ideally these terriers should measure 25cm at the withers and they weigh about 4-5kg.

norfolk terrier
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  • Stability as a guard

Overview

The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest terriers around today. They have a wiry, hard, straight, weatherproof coat that comes in all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle. Ideally these terriers should measure 25cm at the withers and they weigh about 4-5kg.

Origin

The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest terriers around today. They have a wiry, hard, straight, weatherproof coat that comes in all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle. Ideally these terriers should measure 25cm at the withers and they weigh about 4-5kg.

Personality

The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest terriers around today. They have a wiry, hard, straight, weatherproof coat that comes in all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle. Ideally these terriers should measure 25cm at the withers and they weigh about 4-5kg.

Health

Like many small breeds, they can suffer from kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place (luxating patellas), but generally the Norfolk Terrier is a hardy breed.

Exercise

This little terrier will adapt to life in the city but does prefer the country life. They love the outdoors and like nothing better than to be allowed to dig for hours – a dog-digging pit in the garden would be most appreciated! An adult will require about an hour's exercise a day.

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The hard, wiry coat is relatively easy to keep in good condition with a good brush through once or twice a week. The coat will also need to be hand plucked twice a year. A professional groomer or the breeder will be able to give advice on this.