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The Welsh Terrier is a medium sized, compact
and sturdy dog with a lively spirit. While
the coat is described as black and tan,
it really looks like a tan coat with a black
jacket. The dense and wiry top coat is waterproof
and the soft and thick undercoat provides
insulation. The Welsh Terrier is an old
breed dating back hundreds of years ago
and has barely changed at all during this
time making it one of the oldest pure bred
terriers. The purpose of the Welsh Terrier
was to hunt fox, otter and badger and to
In 1885, Welsh Terriers were first shown
in Caernarfon, Wales. And in 1888, the first
two Welsh Terriers were imported to the
United States by Lawrence Prescott - the
same year the American Kennel Club officially
recognized the breed in the Terrier Group.
The average height for a Welsh Terrier when
measured at the shoulder is 15½ inches
The ideal weight for a Welsh Terrier is
about 20 pounds (9 kg).
Type: The Welsh Terrier's
coat is hard, wiry and dense and lies flat.
The undercoat is soft and short. The coat
needs to be brushed regularly and clipped
or hand stripped every few months. Show
dogs require much more involved grooming
of the coat. The Welsh Terrier's coat sheds
The color of the Welsh
Terrier's coat is black and tan.
The Welsh Terrier is lively, active, outgoing
and friendly. They have a steady temperament
and are a bit calmer than most terriers.
Welsh Terriers are very loyal, affectionate
and patient with children - all characteristics
which make this breed a great family pet.
The Welsh Terrier is very intelligent and
happy to please its master. These type dogs
need to be properly raised which means they
need early and consistent socialization
and training -and- their owner must be able
to have strong leadership skills. Welsh
Terriers are independent and can be difficult
to housebreak; they love to dig and because
of their natural hunting instinct - love
to chase. They have a huge bundle of energy,
therefore, it's very important to incorporate
a lot of exercise and play into their daily
Concerns: The Welsh Terrier
is a healthy breed. Some health issues which
may affect a Welsh Terrier include: glaucoma,
skin conditions or problems (allergies),
thyroid abnormalities and epilepsy. The
average life span of a Welsh Terrier is
between 10 - 12 years.
• The Welsh Terrier was initially
known as Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier
and Old English Terrier.
AKC: Terrier Group
ANKC: Terriers Group 2
CKC: Terrier Group 4
FCI: Group 3 Section 1 Large & medium-sized