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Welsh Terrier: Key Characteristics of Welsh Terrier Dog Breed

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About Welsh Terrier

Country of Origin, History of Welsh Terriers

The Welsh Terrier was developed for use in the Wales to hunt otter, fox and badger. He also worked with hounds in packs. He may be an offshoot of the old British Black and Tan Terrier.

Most of today’s Welsh Terriers are companion dogs, but there are still working dogs. They are excellent at competitive obedience and agility as well as hunting, tracking, and watch dog duties.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Welsh Terrier is a very rectangular dog with a boxy head. He looks like a small Airedale Terrier. The back is very straight and level, parallel to the floor. The Welsh has v-shaped ears which fold forward on each side of the head. The head and muzzle are wide and flat like a three-dimensional rectangle.

The Welsh nose is black and the eyes are dark. The docked tail of the Welsh Terrier is carried high. If the tail is not docked, the dog carries it gaily but not curled over the back. Males have a mustache.

The Welsh Terrier is a very sturdy-looking dog, strong and muscular with a very alert expression.

Coat Color

The jacket is black, spreading up onto the neck, down onto the tail and into the upper thighs. The legs, quarters, and head are clear tan. The tan is a deep reddish color, with slightly lighter shades acceptable. A grizzle jacket is also acceptable.

Coat Type

The Welsh Terrier has a harsh wiry coat all over his body. Its hair is bristly and resistant to dampness. The wiry coat has a soft undercoat. This coat is not shed so needs to be ‘stripped’ by a professional groomer every 6-8 weeks.

Height: Maximum of 15.5 inches

Weight: Average weight of 20 – 21 lbs

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Welsh Terrier Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

The Welsh Terrier if very energetic and active. He loves to play with children and can handle rough play. He is curious, happy, and spunky. An active family suits him well.

By socializing the Welsh Terrier well, you can avoid problems with timidity or aggressiveness. They can show dominance with other pets so should be introduced early.

Welsh Terriers often enjoy swimming. Most like to dig. Some are hard to housebreak (especially females).

A very intelligent and clever breed, the Welsh Terrier is smart enough to know what you want and outsmart you to divert you from your intentions.

They need variety but firmness and consistency in their training.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

The Welsh Terrier can live indoors as long as he gets plenty of outdoor play and work time. He could also live outdoors as long as the weather is not too hot or too cold and he gets plenty of time with his family.

Welsh Terriers are not recommended for apartment living as they are very active indoors and do not settle down as they age.

At least an average-sized, securely fenced yard is necessary for the Welsh.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Welsh Terriers are great for homes with children as they have an endless amount of energy and love the rough and tumble of an active family.

Welsh Terrier Activity Level

How Active is the Breed?

This is a very high energy dog.

The Welsh Terrier is extremely active, but will get plenty of exercise inside playing ball and other games. He loves outdoor exercise but must do it within a fenced area or will chase anything that moves.

Walking, and perhaps jogging, can help him get enough exercise.

How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?

Puppies, up to two years old or a bit older, often are very rambunctious. After two years, he settles down a bit but is still very active even in the house. He needs both mental and physical stimulation.

Do not take your Welsh running or jogging until he is at least one year old so that his bones and muscles are fully developed.

They love competition such as obedience or agility – and training for it.


Frequent brushing is needed to keep mats from forming. Watch for burrs and debris. Bathing and brushing can be done at home on a regular basis but a complete grooming should be done professionally 4-6 times a year to keep the coat in proper shape. Owners can keep hair around eyes plucked so as to eliminate irritation or invite infection. Regular (daily) washing of the beard is advised to keep bacteria from food reduced that can promote gum disease and tooth loss. Trim hair on the feet between the pads.

Use a monthly flea and tick preventive.

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Health and Care

Genetic Problems

A variety of eye and skin problems plague the Welsh. A very breed-specific issue is dry skin and many skin allergies. If this affects your Welsh, try an adjusted omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid ratio in the diet.

Litter Size: Average of 9 puppies

Life Span: 10 – 12 years

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs

British – Welsh Terrier Association – www.welshterrierassociation.co.uk
Welsh Terrier Club – www.welshterrierclub.co.uk
US – The Welsh Terrier Club of America, Inc. - http://clubs.akc.org/wfca


Rescue Link:  www.wtcares.org/

Group: Terrier Group.

AKC Popularity Ranking: 107

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