Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How are Norfolk Terriers supposed to be groomed?
A: Norfolk Terriers should be brushed and hand or knive stripped. In order to keep the coat harsh, it should not be cut or shaved. Both, of which, will result in the coat changing to white or yellow and becoming soft instead of harsh. Once the coat is soft, it will no longer repel water, dirt, or smells and will need to be bathed.

Q: How are Norfolk terriers with person who have allergies?
A: Norfolk terriers have dander which some people are allergic to. We have worked with families in using certain shampoos on the dog to help keep the dander down. Let us know if you have concerns. We will be glad to give you references of families who will be glad to share how they made having a Norfolk terrier successful with a child with allergies.

Q: Are Norfolk terriers good with children?
A: Norfolks must be socialized with children in order to be used to them. (Loud voices, stomping feet can scare a young puppy) If your Norfolk will encounter children, inform the breeder and they can make sure the puppy is socialized around children as well.

Q: Do Norfolk terriers need exercise?
A: Norfolk terriers do need exercise in the form of walks, playing ball in a fenced in yard, or any exercise where they can strengthen their muscles. Exercise is also very important to maintain weight and their overall health.

Q: Do Norfolk terriers dig?
A: Digging is a common love of the Norfolk terrier. Norfolks were bred to hunt and kill vermin. As a result, they will dig if there are moles or voles in your yard. They are great hunters and a joy to watch when they are doing what they love. You can limit their digging area by training as a puppy.

Q: How hard are Norfolks to housetrain?
A: Norfolk terriers can take a while to house train. It is important to be very consistent with their training. Letting them out every 2 hours or if they look like they are trying to find a place. This puts a large responsibility for success on the new owner. The goal is to help them be successful. Once they have the idea, they are very good. They are very smart and as long as it is rewarding for them, by praise and stroking, they will learn fast.