|Country of origin
United Kingdom (Wales)
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 3 Section 1 #78
||Group 2 (Terriers)
||Group 4 - Terrier
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Welsh Terrier is a
dog, one of many
breeds. It is suited for hunting
fox, birds, and
badgers and for
being kept as a pet. The Welsh Terrier originates from
Wales and has
existed since the 1800s. Its origins lie in the
Old English Black and Tan terrier that existed in
early as the
century. It also existed in Wales and it was that sort that finally was
registered by The Kennel Club under the name Welsh Terrier. Until
1900, it was called
the "Old English Terrier" or "Black and Tan Rough Haired Terrier". The breed has
been recognised since
1886 and is more common than the
Airedale Terrier or the
This breed is coloured black and tan. They can grow up to 39cm (15 in.) with
a weight of 9 kg (20 lb).
The fur contains two layers, an
that insulates and an abrasive fur on top that protects against dirt, rain, and
wind. The colour is red-brown with black marks. White is allowed only as small
marks on the front of the breast.
The Welsh Terrier is a consummate terrier—a terrier in a nutshell—with a
typical terrier temper. It is not recommended as a first dog in general,
beceause it demands an owner who is steady and knowledgeable. In the right
hands, it is a happy, lively, and seldom shy or timid dog. Dogs of this breed
can be devoted and obedient friends and can function either as city dogs or as
country dogs. Some Welshies exhibit a typical hunting instinct. A Welsh Terrier
does not demand lots of physical exercise, but it hardly ever becomes tired and
is a true comrade for the one who likes open-air activities. It is active and
intrepid and not eager to fight, although it will hold its own when necessary.
The Welshie needs a lot of intellectual stimulation to stay agreeable. A small
yard to walk all day long, without any other activities, is not enough. These
dogs need interesting things to do each day.
Welsh Terriers get along well with children; they love to play and to follow
a child as it plays. These terriers love playing with children, but sometimes
the child gets tired before the dog, so adult supervision is required to prevent
This breed is a so-called trimming breed; it has abrasive hair that
has to be trimmed—not cut! However, it does not shed its fur as many other dog
breeds do. This dog does not need constant bathing. The fur must be trimmed
about every third month. A complete trimming takes three to four hours and the
breeder should give tip about where the dog can get trimmed by a professional
(in the correct way so that the fur is not destroyed).
The body of the Welsh Terrier is normal and healthy so that the physique is
durable and lasting. There are no known defects related to the breed. A healthy
Welsh Terrier lives about 15 years on average and stays active and alert up to a
high age if it is well taken care of and healthy.
Famous Welsh Terriers
- Charlie, pet of
John F. Kennedy
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