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The Norfolk Terrier, game and hardy, with expressive dropped ears, is one of the smallest of the working terriers. It is active and compact, free-moving, with good substance and bone. One of the smallest of the working terriers, Norfolks are known to be "demons for their size." This observation is reinforced by the feverish activity of the Norfolk, a tiny dynamo who seizes every opportunity to tackle the seemingly impossible. Although an outgoing, energetic terrier, the Norfolk is not quarrelsome, is a sensitive dog, and can become stubborn without an under-standing owner. A natural ratter and spunky hunter, he displays courage so awesome that "honorable scars from fair wear and tear shall not count against" him in the show ring.
British sportsmen developed the breed around 1880, using the small red tykes favored by the Norfolk gypsies, and crossing these with Yorkshire, Cairn and small Irish stock. These sturdy red or black and tan ratting terriers were known to be congenial, fearless and uncommonly intelligent! The most serious genetic disease in Norfolk Terriers is a life threatening heart abnormality know as mitral valve disease (MVD).
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