Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier information

The Welsh Terrier is a hunting dog. In the past, he was used to hunt foxes, badgers and otters. We believe the breed is the result from the cross breeding of the Old English Terrier with the Fox Terrier.

Nowadays, the Welsh Terrier is most commonly known as a good companion. He is a good natured dog even though a little bit shy.

Welsh Terrier characteristics

The Welsh Terrier measures between 13 to 15 inches and weighs between 9 to 10 Kilos. He has a long-haired wiry coat. The colour of the coat is black and tanned.

Welsh Terrier grooming

The Welsh Terrier’s wiry coat will need to be brushed and combed regularly. It is important to trim the hair from the dog’s paws regularly to avoid tangles happening. As for most other dogs, Welsh Terrier should not be bathed to often to avoid dry skin.

The Welsh Terrier does not shed many hair also, the coat will need to be plucked every 2 to 3 months to allow new hair growth. If you do not have experience in hand stripping a dog, it is best to bring your dog to a professional dog groomer. Professional grooming is usually required every 6 months.

Welsh Terrier temperament

The Welsh Terrier is a very lively dog. He is very affectionate with his owners. Endowed with a strong character, he will need a firm but gentle training. When given the appropriate training and level of exercise, he is a very obedient dog.

He can be wary of strangers but should not show signs of aggression with them. He is, therefore, be a good watch dog.

Welsh Terrier training

Welsh Terriers tend to be dominant and, therefore, require consistent training. Giving an early obedience training to the Welsh Terrier puppy should help owners in establishing themselves as the pack leader. The training sessions of the puppy should not last more than 10 to 15 minutes. Exercises should be entertaining as young dogs get bored very easily. To make the training more enjoyable for your puppy it is recommended to use rewards. Welsh Terriers particularly enjoy playing with their owners and receiving treats and will learn faster when getting a reward.

Due to their strong hunting instinct, it is safer to keep your dog on the lead when going on a walk.

Welsh Terrier food habits

Welsh Terriers require a healthy diet to remain healthy. An unsuitable diet can be source of skin conditions such as allergies and hair loss.

Welsh Terrier health

The average life expectancy of the Welsh Terrier varies from 12 to 15 years. Generally, he is a healthy dog.

However there are a few common genetic diseases such as: