The Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier were once considered the same breed. When breeders disagreed about whether the dog should have prick ears or drop ears, they decided to have two breeds: those with drop ears became the Norfolk Terrier.
Norfolks are known for their spunky, sparky personalities. They may be small, but they have endless energy and love to romp and play with children. They are outgoing and inquisitive. Being part of the family makes them happiest, and they get along nicely with all family members, including other dogs. Their wiry coats can be red, black and tan, wheaten or grizzle (grayish).
Excerpts from the Standard
General Appearance: Ready for action, active, a "perfect demon" in field competitions, agreeable, works well with other dogs.
Size, Proportion, and Substance: Height--9 to 10 inches at the withers; females are smaller than males. Weight--11 to 12 pounds.
Though most Norfolks today are companions for people, they are natural rodent and vermin hunters. They fearlessly go after foxes, rabbits, and rats, not caring if they're the smaller one. They learn these skills from their mothers, who carefully and patiently teach them what to do.
Excerpted from The Complete Dog Book For Kids © 1996, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.