Welsh Terrier Dog Breed
- General Appearance:
- Welsh Terriers have a smart and compact appearance and are usually black and tan. Their coat has an undercoat to keep them warm and a harsh top coat that helps to repel the weather.The Welsh Terrier has a very short coat. Resembling the coat of the Airedale Terrier, it is short, dense, hard, and wiry. The coat should always be close and abundant on this breed. Small, compact, sturdy-looking dogs, Welshies are also smart and workmanlike.
- Other Names:Welshie
- Country Of Origin:Wales
- Dog Group Kennel Club:Terrier
- Black and tan or black grizzle and tan.
- Welsh Terriers are generally happy and friendly dogs who love play and don't tire although, unlike other examples in this group, they do not require excessive exercise. They are fearless but can be obedient if trained. Intelligent, sweet, lively, and eager to please, the Welsh Terrier does well in a family environment. He is generally good around children providing the children to not overly pester, and does well with other animals. They bond very closely with their families although they can be somewhat reserved with strangers. If introduced to cats and other household animals when young, they will accept them willingly. If not, they will have a tendency to chase them. They are happiest being the only dog in the household!
- Straight and free
- Care and training:
- The Welsh Terrier should have at least weekly brushing to remove loose or dead hair. Regular bathing is not necessary, however a wipe down with a damp or dry washcloth should remove most dirt, if any. The beard of this breed should be cleaned regularly. Welshies need their coats plucked 2 or 3 times a year.
The Welsh Terrier is bright enough to understand what is wanted of him but will be strong-willed and therefore needs firm, consistent handling. Being a terrier and of high energy, this breed should always have a variety of training methods. Given the proper training, this breed does very well in obedience, agility, and flyball.
- Overall Exercise:
- 60 - 80 minutes per day.
Welsh Terriers will go on for ever! They seem to be untiring, always ready to gallop off and play. As they adore swimming care must be taken when water is about.Yet, if you are unable to give them their normal exercise, they will accept matters without a fuss.
- Feeding Requirements:
- They are relatively easy dogs to feed as they are not too fussy about their food.
- Personal Protection:Low
- Suitability As Guard Dog:Low
- Level of Aggression:Medium
- Compatibility With Other Animals:Medium
- Suitability for Children:High
- Often Docked?Yes
- Average Litter Size:3-6
- Life Expectancy (yrs):10-12
- Health issues:
- Epilepsy, glaucoma, skin allergies and thyroid problems.
- 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.