The Norfolk Terrier was developed in the 1880’s by British sportsmen who crossed Cairn Terriers, small, short-legged Irish Terriers, and small red terriers. Their primary duties were originally rodent and fox hunting. The breed was first accepted to the English Kennel Club in 1932 and by the American Kennel Club in 1936, although Norwich Terriers were classified as the same breed as the Norfolk Terrier at that time. In 1979, the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers were recognized independently. After many years, the two breeds had developed distinctive looks and characteristics; the Norfolk have round, dropped ears in contrast to the prick ears of the Norwich. Some suggest that they were always two distinct breeds and the error was made when they were classified as one.