FCI Group

The Norfolk Terrier belongs to the Terriers in the FCI grouping.

AKC Group

The Norfolk Terrier is classified under the Terrier group in the AKC grouping.

Is the Norfolk Terrier allowed as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



England, 1800s.

Original Purpose

Ratting; farm dog.

Behaviour and Temperament

Lively, spunky, amiable, alert, game,. Norfolk Terriers are feisty and tenacious, whether they're chasing down a squirrel in the yard or demanding playtime with their human. They are gregarious and outgoing, happy to meet new people and even other dogs.

Breed Characteristics

Energetic. Very playful. Excellent watchdog but not protective. Requires attention. Not reliable off leash. A digger and barker. For the most part, difficult behaviours such as digging and barking only crop up when their owners don't keep them busy enough. When active and engaged, Norfolks are always good company.

What are some Physical Features of the Norfolk Terrier?

28 to 30.5cm; 3.5 to 4.5kg. Colours are various shades of red, wheaten, black-and-tan, or grizzle.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Short and wiry. High maintenance; requires a comb-out every week and stripping of dead hair a few times a year. Clipping a Norfolk's coat will alter its texture, making it lighter and softer than the standard. Professional grooming is very desirable, especially for a show coat. Moderate shedding.

Life Expectancy

12 to 15 years.

We are embarking on a task to find the oldest living Norfolk Terrier in Singapore, and we need your help. If you have at least one Norfolk Terrier, join the community now!

The Oldest Norfolk Terrier in the community

No pups found

Health Concerns

Allergic dermatitis, collapsing trachea, mitral valve insufficiency.




Well suited to apartment life and urban areas.


Bonds to whole family. Norfolk Terriers play well with kids and are robust enough to handle a little roughhousing. However, they are small dogs and young kids may accidentally hurt them with overzealous hugs and play. Always keep a close watch, especially with toddlers. Good with other dogs and cats, not to be trusted with other smaller animals.


Low to Moderate. Norfolk Terriers are eager to please, but can be somewhat stubborn when it comes to training. Some can be slow to housetrain, but will learn control when taken outside on a routine. Basic obedience commands can be picked up in a jiffy, in a positive reinforcement setting packed with rewards.

Recommended Activities

Earthdog trials, agility.