Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

INTRODUCTION

The Welsh Terrier dog breed’s zest for life is infectious and always has the most fun. Bred to hunt independently, with all the self-determination and intelligence that goes with it, the happy, lively Welshie rarely tires and wants to spend his days having fun, fun, fun. Although these are purebred dogs, you can find them in the care of shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt. The Welshi’s joy, attitude and brains make a wonderful package: They are a true Terrier. Affectionate with the whole family, even children and other dogs, these high-energy pups will be playmates with just about anyone. However, all that energy needs somewhere to go, so make sure you can keep up with plenty of exercise and mentally stimulating play. If you do, you’ll have a best friend for life who will keep you moving.

HIGHLIGHTS

A Welsh Terrier can do well in flats if properly exercised, but ideally a home with a fenced yard.As a low to nohedder, the Welshie can make a great companion for people with allergies.Expect a good amount of grooming. Welshies need to have their coats brushed regularly and also need to have their fur removed approximately every eight weeks.Welsh Terriers can be difficult to train and require a consistent and fun training programme. The Welsh Terrier is an independent breed that is not prone to separation anxiety. It will need toys and activities to keep it entertained, as a bored Welsh Terrier can become destructive.Welshies love children.They like to be in high places and will climb on tables and other tall furniture.Like many terriers, the Welshie has a strong prey drive. Welsh Terriers can be combative with other dogs and need to be properly socialised from an early age.Barking and digging are common traits.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill or pet shop. Look for a reputable breeder who tests their breeding dogs to make sure they are free of genetic diseases that can be passed on to puppies and that they have a sound temperament.

HISTORY

Although the history of the Welsh Terrier is not entirely clear, we can determine from paintings and prints that the breed is quite old and may have been one of the earliest Terriers. It was originally known as the Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier or the Old English Terrier. Although associated with Wales, it lived in many parts of England during the 19th century. It was commonly used to hunt foxes, otters, and badgers, and it excelled at eradicating vermin. It was commonly shown and categorized as an Old English Terrier, a category into which many Terrier breeds were classified. It wasn’t until 1885 that it was classified as a Welsh Terrier by the Kennel Club of England. Welsh Terriers began arriving in the United States in 1888, although their importation was erratic. In 1901, however, the Welsh Terrier finally established itself in the United States and its popularity grew steadily.

Breed Characteristics:
Adaptability:
3/5
All Around Friendliness:
5/5
Health And Grooming Needs:
3/5
Trainability:
3/5
Physical Needs:
4/5
Vital Stats:
Dog Breed Group: Terrier Dogs
Height: 14 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: Up to 20 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 14 years

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