Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: England
Group: Gun dog, Terrier
Height: 15 1/2 in.
Weight: 20-22 lbs.
Life span: 10-12 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes, with early socialization
Good with other pets: okay with other dogs, but due to high
prey drive, not trustworthy with small animals

What is the origin of the Welsh Terrier?

The Welsh Terrier may be the oldest dog breed stil in existence in the United Kingdom. The Welsh Terrier’s forbears, the Black and Tan Rough Terrier and the Old English Terrier, no longer exist. The first Welsh Terriers were brought to the U.S. in the late 1880s and used as show dogs. Charlie, the Welsh Terrier, was President John F. Kennedy’s beloved pet.

What does the Welsh Terrier look like?

The Welsh Terrier is a sturdy dog that resembles a square. Height is 15 1/2 in., weight is 20-22 lbs. The v-shaped ears fold over. The tail is docked where this practice is allowed. The face is square looking because of its whiskers and beard. The undercoat is soft, but the outercoat is wiry and hard. Colors are black and tan and grizzle with a black saddle. The Welsh Terrier barely sheds but needs stripping 3-4 times a year.

What is the temperament of the Welsh Terrier?

The Welsh Terrier is a lively, happy dog, typical terrier-type. They should have eary obedience training and socialization as with all dogs. They are good with children as they love to play. Welsh Terriers are very energetic and need lots of exercise to avoid behavior problems. They love to swim and do best with an active family. They can live in an apartment as long as they have enough exercise.

What is the Welsh Terrier used for?

Welsh Terriers were bred to hunt rodents, fox, badger and otter. They do very well in agility and tracking trials and make excellent watchdogs. They are high energy, lively companions.


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