Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dogs
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 5-5.5, Female: 4.5-5
Height: Male: 9-10, Female: 8.5-9
Origin of Name: The Norfolk Terrier is a British breed of dog.
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Frank ""Rufferider"" Jones, an English dog breeder and horseman of the early 20th century, developed small red twigs as ratters and fox bolts. In the beginning, Norwich (ear up) and Norfolk (ear down) were considered to be the same breed. Both dogs in England and North America were previously classified as Norwich Terriers, sometimes called Jones Terriers.
Over time, the two variants diverged. In 1964, after much debate among the hardliners, the Kennel Club (England) recognized Norfolk as a separate breed. But, as one British authority at the time explained, ""In fact, there is nothing new about the Norfolk Terrier, but only the name under which it is registered."" Eastern counties have always produced these predominantly wheat, red, and otherwise black-and-tan or grizzled good-ribbed short-legged terriers. … The Canadian Kennel Club officially accepted Norfolk and Norwich as separate breeds in 1977, as did AKC two years later.
Both breeds have their place of origin in the city of East Anglia in Norwich, Norfolk County, which is located north of London. Older terrier breeds thought to develop the bold and fun-loving Norfolk include the Border, Cairn, and the Glen of Imal Terriers.