Welsh Terrier

It resembles the smaller version of Airdale Terrier with a head that has a rectangular shape. It has almond shaped eyes, set relatively wide apart and dark brown. It has small cat-like feet and front legs that are round and straight. The leveled back forms a straight line. It also has dew claws that can be removed. Otherwise, all puppies are born black in color and the marking on their jackets continue to remain black as the coats lighten over time.

History and Health :

  • History :

Actually, the Welsh terrier name is not the original name of the breed; the original names are Old English Terrier, Old Reddish Black Wirehaired Terrier and Black and Tan wirehaired terrier. Otherwise, it originated from Wales where hunters bred it for hunting reasons and in this particular case; it hunted the otter, fox and badgers. The trick was to have the Welsh Terrier dog drive out the animals as the hunter waited for them to come out.

The first time the breed had an appearance was in 1884 in England. It went to America for the first time in 1888, courtesy of Prescott Lawrence. Otherwise, the breed deserved recognition in respect to its ability to track, hunt, and acting as a watchdog and doing tricks.

  • Health :

The breed is prone to a couple of health issues, although it is a healthy dog in general. It is susceptible to allergies that range from food allergies to allergies caused by airborne allergens. So depending on the allergy then the treatment will vary and advisable to see a veterinarian. It is also prone to epilepsy making it crucial to take the pet to the vet in case you observe seizures. It is also prone to glaucoma and hypothyroidism. All of these diseases are treatable.


Temperament and Personality :

  • Personality :

It has an amazing personality comprising of cheerfulness, active in what they do, quite intelligent, alert and agile. It is quite social with children and patient even with rough play. It is a curious animal, very energetic, can dare and best left with an active family. It can be timid and unsure, hence needs directions of what to do. It can be conniving when it needs to divert a person’s attention to something else.

  • Activity Requirements :

As mentioned, it will flourish in an active family and considering it is playful it will need a lot of other things to do besides chasing after a ball. This also means you need to have a handful of activities it can do to make sure it doesn’t result in destructive behavior. Otherwise, it can be tough keeping them indoors.

  • Trainability :

It is detrimental that they know their roles in the homestead. They need leadership that is quite firm but not too harsh as they respond quite poorly to harsh disciplinary actions. So as an owner you need to have an air of authority but calm while at it. Similarly, they can be aggressive and rude hence the need to train them well when they are still young.

  • Behavioral Traits :

Considering they are quite intelligent they can be high headed when they sense the owner is not completely in charge. On the other hand, the dog needs to socialize with other people, dogs, places and even other animals. It loves digging and swimming. In order to manage manipulative behavioral traits, you have to possess pack leadership characteristics.

Appearance and Grooming :

  • Appearance :

It has a brown head and lower torso. The hair is naturally black and sometimes white and gray. It is medium sized with a strong, compact body and legs with rough bristles.

  • Size and Weight :

It has a height of 15.5 inches/ 39 cm and weighs 20-22 lbs/ 9.1 -10 kg

  • Coat and Color :

It has a coat color variation of grizzle and Tan as well as Black and Tan. Otherwise, it has thick, hard and dense outer coat but a soft and short lower coat.

  • Grooming :

Depending on the Welsh terrier’s coat it is usually advisable to have the coat plucked twice or more times in a year. Consider brushing its coat with a comb and brush a couple of times a week. Otherwise, it sheds little or no hair.

  • Body Type :

The medium sized breed has a tan color on its legs, head, and underbelly. There are times it will have a grizzly or black saddle. It grows to a height of 15.5 inches/ 39 cm and weigh from 20-22lbs/ 9.1 - 10.0 kg.

Characteristics :

  • It is quite good with goods
  • It is not very friendly to cats
  • It has poor relations with other dogs
  • It is fairly trainable
  • It is a poor shedder
  • A great watchdog
  • Very intelligent
  • Has good grooming
  • It is not that popular
  • Great adaptability
  • It is hypoallergenic

Tasty Tidbits :

It is one of the few small dog breeds than can outwit you if you are not cautious. Therefore, you need to be on the lookout most of the time. Actually, wherever you choose to play with a Welsh Terrier it will become comfortable to do whatever it wants with that place especially when you are not around. Otherwise, it is a playful pet.

Care :

It will need extra care as far as allergies are concerned as it can develop skin and eye irritations. Consider visiting a vet in case you are not sure of what to do.

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Feeding :

A Welsh terrier will need a balanced diet comprising of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids and carbohydrates. For better health, foods closer to the natural source of all these nutrients are the ideal for the dog breed as compared to processed pet food.

Information and Facts of Welsh Terrier :

  1. It is called Welsh Terrier
  2. Its other name is Welshie or WT
  3. It originates from Wales, United Kingdom
  4. It falls under the small dog breeds size types
  5. Classified under the Terrier dog breeds according to AKC and UKC
  6. It has a lifespan of 12 - 15 years
  7. Its height is about 15.5 inches or 39cm
  8. It weighs between 20-22lbs or 9.1-10.0 kg
  9. It can come in two colors grizzle and tan or black and tan
  10. The puppy prices range from $ 500 to $800 USD
  11. The adult breed sleeps twice as long as human adults
  12. It has no lower classifications