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    Welsh Terrier    by Janice Jones     |Published 12-1-2022

    Considering a Welsh Terrier? They are a breed above the rest when it comes to their intelligence, playfulness and high-spirited nature.

    Calmer than most terrier breeds, these dog’s are sensitive, if not independent, mild mannered, but with a mischievous streak, an uncanny ability to keep you entertained, and a great family dog for anyone with children.

    Welsh Terrier

    They are
    loyal and devoted to their family, a great watch dog, and enjoy water, digging, and a lively conversation.  Don’t however, expect these dogs to offer any sort of protection. 

    They may be somewhat wary of strangers, but they often forget this initial shyness and enjoy anyone who seems eager to make their acquaintance.

    Quick Facts

    Other Names Used:  Welshie

    Terrier Group with the AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC, NZKC, UKC


         Height:  15 inches, (39 centimeter)

         Weight:   20-21
    pounds, (9-9.5 kilograms)

    Coat Type:  Hard,
    Wiry, Dense or Broken Coat.  There is a
    short soft undercoat

    Colors:  Black
    and Tan,  Grizzle and Tan,  Black Grizzle and Tan

    Country of Origin: 

    Activity Level: 
    Moderately Active

    Life Expectancy:
    12-15 years

    Good with Children:  YES

    Good with other pets:  Not good with small pocket
    pets;  Maybe
    quarrelsome with other dogs


    Welsh Terrier

    The Welsh Terrier is only one
    of two terrier breeds native to Wales and
    was popular in Britain in the 18th and 19th
    centuries.  Though they look like
    miniature Airedale Terriers, they are a distinct breed. 

    While the Airedale was being developed in
    northern England from dogs known as the Old English Broken-Haired.  

    In Northern
    Wales, a different strain, know as the Ynysfor. 
    Though separated by geography, both could be indistinguishable from the other, both being developed to hunt
    otter, fox, and badger. 

    though, they were separated into different breeds and then further
    developed.  In many ways, the Welsh
    Terrier looks like a miniature Airedale Terrier.

    The breed
    was first shown to the country of England in 1884, and thanks to Prescott
    Lawrence, the breed was brought to America in 1888, which is the same year they
    were accepted into the American Kennel Club.   

    In 2015, they ranked 112 the in
    popularity with the AKC out of 184 listed breeds.

    The Breed’s Traits

    Dog Breed Ratings Got You a Little Confused?
    Here’s a little help in understanding them

    • Playfulness:   Most Playful = 5    Least Playful = 1
    • Affection:  Most Affectionate = 5   Least Affectionate = 1
    • Friendliness Towards Strangers: Most Friendly = 5  Least = 1
    • Good With Children:  Great= 5    Not Good with Children = 1
    • Good With Dogs:  Great = 5   Not Good Around Dogs = 1
    • Good With First Time Owners:  Fine=5  Not Appropriate = 1
    • Exercise Required:  Extensive Daily Exercise = 1  Minimal = 1
    • Ease of Training:  Very Easy = 5     Difficult = 1
    • Watch Dog:  Excellent Watchdog = 5  Minimal = 1
    • Grooming:  Time Consuming = 5   Minimal = 1
    • Shedding:  Heavy Shedder = 5     Minimal = 1
    • Cold Tolerance:  Well Tolerated = 5   Poor Tolerance = 1
    • Heat Tolerance:  Well Tolerated = 5  Poor Tolerance = 1


    Although the
    Welsh Terrier may look similar to the Airedale Terrier in physical appearance,
    do not let that fool you into thinking they have similar personalities.

    Many believe
    that this terrier is one of the easiest trained and docile of all the terrier
    breeds.  That doesn’t mean that you’ll
    have a couch potato willing to keep your lap warm.  They are still Terrier, through and

    requires an active, fun approach and consistency.  Like many small breed dogs, the Welsh Terrier
    can be difficult to house-train.  Food
    rewards and playtime work very well with these dogs.

    Welsh Terrier

    This is an
    independent breed that is not always sure that pleasing his owner is in his
    best interest. But, you can get around this.

    It may be a
    difficult breed for a first-time dog owner to take on, especially because they require
    a bit more maintenance than your average dog. 

    Experienced dog owners can find
    these dogs to be a fun challenge. 

    The Welsh
    Terrier is a very smart and independent dog because they were originally bred
    for independent hunting of small animals.

    Something unique to the Welsh, as
    they are often called, is that they crave challenges, never backing down if the
    need arises.   If people don’t provide the challenge, the
    Welsh Terrier will find one on their own, not always to the liking of the

    They love to
    run around and dig and they require an hour of vigorous exercise daily at the
    very least. This is not a breed of dog for someone who does not live a very
    active lifestyle.

    Without the proper time to get all their energy out, your
    Welshie may become bored and possibly even aggressive, which is not what you

    With proper
    training and exercise, you will have a friendly, spirited, canine friend
    life. They do best with an owner that uses a consistent, positive
    approach to training.  Socialization should begin the moment you
    bring your new puppy home.

    great thing about the Welsh Terrier is that they are good with children. While
    other breeds of dogs don’t particularly love being roughhoused by young children, Welshies absolutely love it and don’t
    mind it your kids are a little rough with them.  They are playful and affectionate and seem to
    crave the attention they receive from children.

    They also
    get along well with other dogs if socialized at a young age. It is important
    that this breed is trained and socialized very young to keep them in check as
    adults, especially considering their independent and stubborn nature.   

    Some pets
    such as pocket pets don’t do well at all with this breed due to the Welshies
    strong prey drive.  Their natural
    instinct to hunt will make it tough for them to get along with your small pets.

    They can
    live in apartments, but because they make excellent watch dogs, they may end up
    barking at every suspicious noise which close neighbors will find annoying. 

    Socialization is vital to all
    puppies, but these dogs will do very well if they are trained and socialized from an early age. They are active, so they
    require a daily walk on the leash. 

    dogs should not be left off leash and even an electronic fence may not
    adequately protect them if they happen to see something small that catches
    their attention.

    Welsh Terriers have performed
    well in a variety of dog sports such as earth dog trials, agility, and even obedience.

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    Had to share this video because it makes training a Welsh Terrier Look very easy.  What do you think?

    Grooming the Welsh Terrier

    Welsh Terrier

    The good
    news is that this is a light to the non-shedding dog, which is ideal for those
    who have allergies.

    They do
    require a fair amount of grooming and maintenance to maintain their beautiful
    coat. Brushing their hair every other day will keep it in good shape, and typical
    of most terriers, they should also be stripped or clipped about ever 3 to 4

    Not every
    terrier owner opts for hand-stripping because it is time-consuming to do
    yourself and expensive to hire a groomer. 

    Hand stripping is the process of grabbing the outer hairs by pulling
    them out you’re your fingers or a stripping knife.  First of all, don’t panic, most of the hair
    that are removed is dead which is not nearly as painful as you might
    think.  It helps to remove the excessive
    hair which works well in the summer when the temperature. 

    They also
    need regular baths to keep them looking clean and smelling fresh.  Their teeth should regularly be brushed and
    their ears checked and cleaned if needed.

    should also be clipped about every two to three weeks.  You will know when they are too long if you
    hear them click on a hard floor. 

    Using a
    nail grinder is also an option if your dog hates to have his nails
    clipped.  Using the grinder or a metal
    file after clipping will smooth them out so no one can get scratched from frayed
    nail ends.

    Health Concerns

    The Welsh
    Terrier is a healthy breed but like any other dog breed, they have been known
    to inherit certain genetic problems. 

    following problems have been identified in the breed.  These diseases are common to all dogs, large
    and small.  Just because they have been recognized
    in this breed does not mean your Welsh Terrier will have any. 

    It is still a good idea to know what health
    problems have been identified in this breed:

    and some minor eye and skin diseases

    Purchasing a
    Welsh Terrier from a reputable breeder who does some health screens on their
    adult dogs will assure you that you are getting a healthy dog.  Genetic testing has become more commonplace
    so ask the breeder what tests have been done.


    • Relative low shedding dogs
      that are good for allergy sufferers
    • Watchdog ability is excellent, but don’t expect to be
    • Entertaining, playful, fun
      family dog
    • Great with children
    • Relatively Healthy breed


    • Requires a patient owner to achieve obedience training
    • Fairly high maintenance in
      the form of grooming
    • Will need an owner willing to
      provide necessary exercise for his activity needs
    • May be hard to housebreak
    • Less common than other
      breeds;  may make finding one more

    Did You Know ?

    John F.
    Kennedy owned a Welsh Terrier named Charlie

    King Edward VIII owned a
    Welsh Terrier named Gwen 

    Photos of Welsh Terriers on a Pin Image

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