The Norfolk Terrier is a small compact dog with an average weight of 11 to 12 pounds. Its body is slightly longer than tall with an average height of 23 to 25 centimetres. It has a muzzle that resembles a fox with well-defined whiskers, rounded dropped ears, dark eyes that are oval-shaped, and topped with bushy eyebrows. Norfolk Terriers also have short legs and high-set, docked tails.
Norfolk Terries have a harsh and wiry coat. They come in different colours including red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle. The whiskers, eyebrows, ears, neck, and throat have longer and thicker hair compared to the rest of the body. Grooming-wise, they are moderately high maintenance with their coats needing to be brushed several times a week to prevent matts and knots from forming. Most owners would hire a professional groomer to hand strip the Norfolk Terrier at least 2 to 3 times a year. Shedding is also an issue since they shed all throughout the year especially during spring and autumn, which means frequent grooming is compulsory.
On top of the necessary coat care, other basic dog grooming is also required. It's important to check the Norfolks ears for excess wax that may potentially lead to infection. Clean the ears with a moist cotton ball using a dog ear solution. Brush the teeth at least twice a week to avoid periodontal disease and bad breath. Also, long nails must regularly be trimmed, so they don’t cause discomfort.