Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier
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I’ve just been to the groomer to get my beard seen to. It’s looking rather fine, don’t you think? – SQUIRREL! I’m sorry I thought I just saw a squirrel…

I’ve been learning some tricks today. If I just do this… and this…. And a raise of my eyebrows! Shazzam! Good ay? Now where did I put my ball? And what did I do with my pipe? You know, the squeaky one?? I’m sure I put it down around here somewhere. SQUIRREL! I bet that pesky squirrel took it! You! Squirrel! Come back here! Have you got my pipe!? I bet you’ve got my pipe! Give me my pipe back!

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Information essential about the Welsh Terrier


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Large: Weight 19 -20 lb (8.5 – 10 kg)

Height Male 14 – 15.5” (35 – 39cm)



Popular with families. One of the easiest terrier breeds to manage and train.

Breed History:


The Welsh Terrier apparently originated in Wales several hundred years ago, although some historians claim they are descendants of the Old English Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terriers. They were used to hunt otters, badgers and foxes. Known for their tenacity for hunting and gentleness at home, they became popular dogs. The breed was given separate recognition in England in 1885.  They have earned many fans since appearing in Westminster in 1900s.


Welsh Terriers have a typical terrier temperament, but they are recognised as one of the calmest of the terrier breeds. They are very energetic, zippy and feisty and love running, playing and digging. They will chase anything, so must be watched and kept in safe fenced in areas. This loveable fun little dog will need an active family to keep him happy, busy and entertained. He is always on the look out for some action.



As with all dogs they will need firm training and socialisation as puppies but may need to have this reinforced from time to time. However they are bright, intelligent and affectionate. Welshies are very playful and get along well with children. They can be bold with other dogs and small animals, but if they are introduced to them while young will accept them. They are usually happiest being the only dog in the household. They are not aggressive but are strong-willed and when challenged will not usually back down.



Welsh Terriers have medium-sized frames covered in wiry, bristly coats. They have long, narrow almost brick-like shaped heads with characterful whiskers and are groomed to have bushy little ‘beards’. Their V-shaped ears fold over and forward. They have strong necks of a moderate length and thickness, deep chests and short backs. The tail is customarily docked. Their coats are usually black and reddish tan.



Black and reddish tan or grizzle on their jackets with tan on their legs quarters and heads.


Welsh Terriers are moderately easy to train. They learn new commands at an average rate. They do well in agility, earthdog, obedience, rally, and tracking trials. Occasionally they can be difficult to housetrain



The Welsh Terrier sheds practically no hair. Their hard wiry coats will need regular grooming to maintain their distinctive look. A show coat will need more work. It will need to be stripped every six months and brushed daily. If he is being shown he will require more regular grooming.



The average life span of a Welshie is 12 to 15 years. They are a hardy breed, but can develop skin and eye problems. Regular grooming can prevent skin complications. Particular attention must be paid to the ears to prevent infections. Their waterproof coats are resistant to regular sprays so they will need flea dips. Cotton bedding is recommended as manmade fibres can cause ear and chest infections. They are prone to skin allergies. They can suffer from Glaucoma and in rare cases, seizures.

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The following grid gives a fast track review, which covers all breeds. You can apply it to help you decide if a Welsh Terrier is suitable for you, the environment where you live, your personality and your lifestyle. On the grid, 1= strongly disagree, and 5= strongly agree. For example, if you are looking for a dog that likes to swim, look down the list under Activities, and you will see that Welsh Terriers love swimming, scoring 5. If you want a playful companion, look down the same list, and you will see that Welsh Terriers love to learn tricks, and score 5. You might like to save or print off this section and keep it for reference while you check some other breeds before making your final choice.

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Good jogging companion5/5
Good walking companion5/5
Likes water/swimming5/5
Likes learning new tricks5/5
Likes to hunt5/5
Likes to fetch5/5
Good gundog/retriever5/5
Barks a lot3/5
Gets easily jealous3/5
Friendly with strangers4/5
Expensive to insure3/5
Expensive to feed3/5
Happy to sleep outside2/5
Prefers countryside5/5
Suits urban environment4/5
Prefers temperate climate4/5
Prefers hot climate3/5
Prefers cold climate4/5
Moults a lot1/5
Requires lots of grooming3/5
Role and Suitability
Ideal for elderly4/5
Ideal for singles4/5
Ideal for couples with no children5/5
Ideal for family with children5/5
Good watch dog1/5
Good guard dog1/5
Good with other pets3/5
Good with other dogs3/5
Time and Energy
Happy being left alone for 4hrs3/5
Happy being left alone for 2hrs4/5
Requires lots of exercise4/5
Training and Obedience
Good for first time owners4/5
Good for experienced owners5/5
Good recall5/5
Easy to train5/5
Good jogging companion0/5
Good walking companion0/5
Likes water/swimming0/5
Likes learning new tricks0/5
Likes to hunt0/5
Likes to fetch0/5
Good gundog/retriever0/5
Barks a lot0/5
Gets easily jealous0/5
Friendly with strangers0/5
Expensive to insure0/5
Expensive to feed0/5
Happy to sleep outside0/5
Prefers countryside0/5
Suits urban environment0/5
Prefers temperate climate0/5
Prefers hot climate0/5
Prefers cold climate0/5
Moults a lot0/5
Requires lots of grooming0/5
Role and Suitability
Ideal for elderly0/5
Ideal for singles0/5
Ideal for couples with no children0/5
Ideal for family with children0/5
Good watch dog0/5
Good guard dog0/5
Good with other pets0/5
Good with other dogs0/5
Time and Energy
Happy being left alone for 4hrs0/5
Happy being left alone for 2hrs0/5
Requires lots of exercise0/5
Training and Obedience
Good for first time owners0/5
Good for experienced owners0/5
Good recall0/5
Easy to train0/5

*PLEASE NOTE: All our breed profiles are general, and all dogs are individuals. Always talk to the breeders and meet the owners you are buying from. Try to meet the dog and its parents if it is a puppy in their home environment.

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