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Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier dogs are medium sized dogs that are high spirited and playful in temperament. In earlier times, these active and intelligent dogs were primarily used for the purpose of hunting games like fox, otter and badger.

Nowadays, these dogs are used for tasks like tracking, agility and for performing watchdog duties. Welsh Terrier dogs are supposed to be one of the oldest pure bred terriers that were originally developed in Wales. They are believed to have descended from wire haired Black and Tan Terriers and are closely related to Irish Terriers as well.

Physical Appearance

Appearance wise, Welsh Terrier dogs are quite similar to Airedale Terriers, though smaller in size. They are sturdy and athletic in build. The almond shaped small are dark in color.

The small, V-shaped ears are set high and tend to fold forwards slightly to the side of the head. The tail is customarily docked. Although, one should be aware of the fact that tail docking is considered illegal in certain countries.

Color: Black and tan
Height: Welsh Terrier dog breed generally grows to about 15 inches in height.
Weight: The average weight of both male as female Welsh Terriers is usually 20-21 pounds.

Health Problems

Welsh Terriers are relatively healthy dogs with fewer number of health issues. Though, they can be susceptible to eye problems like lens luxation, glaucoma, cataract and other such conditions. Some dogs may also be vulnerable to allergies, skin issues and common dog diseases.

Life Expectancy: Welsh Terrier life expectancy is usually 10 to 12 years.
Litter Size: The average litter size of this breed of dogs is about 3 to 6 puppies.

Grooming Requirements

The coarse and wire textured hair coat of a Welsh Terrier requires regular grooming several times in a week to remove dead skin and loose hair. The short and dense double hair coat is close fitted and needs to be plucked at least two to three times in a year.

Besides, the weather resistant hair coat can be wiped down with a dry or damp washcloth from time to time to remove dirt. Therefore, the dog does not need to be bathed on a regular basis.

However, regularly carry out other Welsh Terrier grooming activities like cleaning the eyes, ears, beard, trimming the toenails, trimming the hair around paw pads, belly and face, brushing the teeth etc. The hair coat shed almost little to no hair.


Welsh Terrier personality can be described as active, outgoing, bold, alert, intelligent, inquisitive, loyal, friendly, affectionate yet tenacious and moderately territorial at times.

Males are more easy going and even tempered as compared to the females. Bitches, on the other hand, are more alert and serve as excellent hunting companions.

These sensible dogs are friendly with children and get along well with other pets in the house. However, due to their natural prey drive, Welsh Terrier breed dogs cannot be trusted around small animals. Plus, these dogs can be reserved with strangers.

Besides, Welsh Terrier puppies need to be socialized early in life to avoid overly timid behavior. As these dogs love to engage in digging, barking and other destructive behaviors, it is essential to train them properly right from the beginning.

Key Points

Welsh Terrier breed dogs do best with active and assertive, owners, preferably experienced dog owners. In addition, to remain physically fit, these quick\k and agile dogs require plenty of physical exercise.

Thus, they should be taken for daily walks and given enough opportunity for play in open area. They particularly enjoy chasing games. Swimming also serves as a good means of physical as well as mental stimulation for these dogs.

These cheerful dogs do well in apartment situation with sufficient space in at least a small sized yard. However, some Welsh Terriers may be difficult to housetrain.