Welsh Terrier

Type: Terrier

Height: 14 - 15.5 inches.

Weight: 19 - 22 lbs.

Life Span: 10 - 12 years.

Litter Size: 3 - 6 puppies.

Country of Origin: Wales

Activity: Very High. This breed requires a lot of exercise.

Watch-dog: Very High. Welsh Terriers are very inquisitive and intelligent.

Guard-dog: Low


Description: Bold and spirited, the Welsh Terrier is similar to the Airedale Terrier and Lakeland Terrier in appearance. A true terrier at heart, they are not as hot-headed as some of the other terriers. They are affectionate dogs who have outgoing natures making them ideal family pets. Welsh Terriers are reserved around strangers, and make brave watchdogs. Welsh Terriers are a game, alert, aware, and spirited breed. But at the same time, Welsh Terriers are friendly and show self control. Welsh Terriers are intelligent and have a desire to please which is evident in their attitude. Being of smaller size than their relatives the Airedale Terriers, they are of good size with small drop ears and docked tails. Welsh Terriers are sometimes referred to as "Welshies", and usually have black and tan colorations. They have wiry, abundant fur that is hard to the touch. With somewhat of a beard and a fringe on their legs, the Welshie is an interesting looking breed with a curious personality.

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Colors: Black and tan as well as black, grizzle and tan. It is free of black penciling on the toes and black below the hocks is undesirable.

Coat: Their double coat is abundant, wiry, dense, hard and close.

Temperament: Welsh Terriers are active and playful. They are very curious, sometimes too much for their own good. They are an intelligent and game breed, ready for any kind of fun. They are friendly and outgoing with all kinds of people. Welsh Terriers are spirited, courageous and bold dogs.

With Children: Yes, they are usually patient with children.

With Pets: Yes, if socialized from a young age not to chase.

Special Skills: Hunting dog and family pet

Care and Training: Brush the Welsh Terrier three times per week, bathe when necessary. Regular trimming of their coat is needed if they are being shown, preferably by hand-stripping. Their coats need to be stripped twice a year. Clipping the dog's coat is a popular alternative. Regular daily exercise is also needed, on or off the leash. They enjoy their exercise. Welsh Terriers enjoy a game of ball or a run in the countryside. They also enjoy swimming. Welsh Terriers need basic obedience training to make them an enjoyable companion. Give them a constant variety and remain consistent as they will try to divert you from your intentions.

Learning Rate: High. Obedience - Low. Problem Solving - Medium.

Special Needs: Exercise, firm but positive training, grooming and socialization.

Living Environment: An apartment is adequate if daily exercise is provided for the Welshie. They are an adaptable breed. The best owner for this breed would be a dog-experienced owner living the city or country, as long as it has enough activity.

Health Issues: Epilepsy, glaucoma, skin allergies and thyroid problems.

History: Developed in North Wales and the north of England they were used to hunt otter, foxes and badgers. Their direct ancestors are two from strains: The Celtic strain using the coarse-haired Black and Tan Terrier and the English strain using the Airedale and Fox Terrier. They only appeared as a separate breed in the 18th late century. It is thought that the English strain has run dry presently. In 1885 the Celtic version was shown and a year later the Welsh Terrier Club was formed in England. They were recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1887. In 1901 the breed made its way to America, and they were originally popular for hunting badger, fox and otter. They are often compared to the Airedale terrier, in which the Welsh is smaller. They are also compared to the Wire Fox Terrier, in which the Welshie has a broader head.

First Registered by the AKC: 1888

AKC Group: Terrier Group

Class: Terrier

Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC (GB), UKC