The spry and compact Norfolk Terrier is admired for its terrier determination, intellect, and abundant charm. This English native was developed as a barnyard ratter but is also an accomplished subterranean hunter, once used to oust fox from their dens during hunts. Their small size and wiry, weather resistant coat are perfectly suited for this kind of work. The prick-eared Norwich Terrier and the drop-eared Norfolk were grouped together until 1979, when they became distinct breeds with their own sets of standards. They are jovial in nature and tend to enjoy the company of other animals and people. Their size and agreeability make them amenable to country or city living, as long they get to take regular walks with their beloved family. There coat is typical of many terrier in that it requires regular brushing and stripping to look its best.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.