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Sensible advice for raising your Norfolk Terrier puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Norfolk Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Norfolk Terrier puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Norfolk Terrier dog breed

Norfolk Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Norfolk Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Norfolk Terriers:

Allergies are a problem in all terrier breeds, including Norfolks. Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Cataracts can appear in middle age in the Norfolk Terrier, and usually progress to blindness. Glaucoma is another eye disease of concern in Norfolks.

Heart disease (mitral valve disease) is a serious concern in this breed.

Orthopedic diseases include luxating patella (loose knees), and also hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 146 Norfolks and found 31% dysplastic – the 16th worst rate of 142 breeds. Among small breeds, only the Pug has a worse rate. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Compare to the Australian Terrier's hip dysplasia rate of only 2%.

Intervertebral disk disease occurs occasionally in the Norfolk Terrier.

Other health issues reported in Norfolk Terriers include collapsing trachea, urinary stones, hypothyroidism, and liver shunt.

A rare inherited skin disease called ichthyosis has been reported in Norfolks. Symptoms include dark, dandruffy, smelly skin, and tiny blisters on the ears or footpads. A simple DNA test can disclose whether your Norfolk has inherited the gene for this disease.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Norfolk Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Norfolk Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Norfolk Terrier puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Norfolk Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Norfolk Terrier puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Norfolk Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Norfolk Terrier
The best diet for feeding your Norfolk Terrier is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Norfolk Terrier. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Norfolk Terrier
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Norfolk Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Norfolk Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Norfolk Terrier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Norfolk Terrier. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Norfolk Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Norfolk Terrier.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.