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How long do Norfolk Terriers live? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Nesbitt   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 20:58

12 to 15 years is an average lifespan.

 
Do Norfolk Terriers require a lot of grooming? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Nesbitt   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 20:58

Norfolk terriers require regular maintenance to keep a consistently groomed coat.  They should be brushed and combed weekly.  These terriers are usually "stripped" every three to six months.  "Stripping" involves pulling out the dead outer coat by hand or with the help of a stripping tool. 

 

Some owners choose to maintain a natural, all weather coat by hand stripping. Doing nothing to the coat except brushing it will result in a long, scruffy coat that will shed more as it ages. 

 

A few pet owners opt to have their pets clipped.  Clipping is not a recommended method of grooming since it does not remove the dead hair, but merely shortens it, softening the texture and lightening the colour.

 
Do Norfolk Terriers Shed? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Nesbitt   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 20:57

Norfolk terriers have a double coat; a soft, downy undercoat and a hard top coat.  Any double-coated dog sheds, but Norfolk are low shedders. Shedding can be minimized with proper grooming. 

 
Should we crate train? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Nesbitt   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 20:57

 

Yes, crating is not cruel; most dogs see their crate as their "den" (doggy condo).  Not only is a crate a useful housebreaking tool, but it gives your Norfolk ( both young and old) a place to call home and get away from it all.  Young puppies often need a break from zealous young owners, and as long as you do not use the crate for punishment, crating your dog for brief periods gives you a break as well. 

 

Additionally, a crate provides a safe environment for a Norfolk in the house, car, hotel and even airplanes.  An open crate in the house gives the dog a safe den.  Even very young children can learn to respect the dog's bedroom.

 
Are Norfolk terriers easy to housebreak? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Nesbitt   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 20:56

Norfolk terriers are very willing breeds who wish to please, making basic housebreaking usually easy to train but growing up takes awhile.  As with any puppy, frequent trips outdoors are in order, and puppies should always be crated or confined in a safe area when unattended. 

 

Consistency and a routine are extremely important in housebreaking.  Your puppy should be taken out frequently especially after eating, drinking, playing and sleeping.   Accompanying your dog outside will assure that he has done what you expected and hasn't gotten distracted by a leaf or some other object in the surroundings. 

 

Often, if a puppy is left out alone, he will be so anxious to come in again, that he will try to finish quickly and not completely empty his bladder causing an accident shortly after returning inside.

 


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