The Welsh Terrier is a vigilant, active, cheerful and uncomplicated
dog. It is loving, loyal and hardy. The Welsh Terrier is generally
brave. This is a happy, curious, playful, energetic and spunky dog.
It is usually patient with children and can withstand a bit of rough
play. Socialization at an early age is a must. The Welsh Terrier
is a little calmer than other terriers. Some are very combative
with other animals and some are not quarrelsome at all. It may be
difficult to housebreak, especially bitches. It likes to swim and
some like to dig. This dog needs a firm, consistent, but gentle
hand. Early obedience training is important. Give this dog constant
variety in its training. The Welsh Terrier is untiring, it is always
ready to play with a ball and to run and gambol off the leash in
the open countryside. This breed likes to chase after things, so
don't let it off the lead except in an enclosed area, unless the
dog is very well trained.
The Welsh Terrier's coat is hard, wiry, and dense with a close-fitting
thick jacket and a short soft undercoat. The undercoat provides
insulation, while the wiry topcoat protects from dirt, rain and
wind. Furnishings on muzzle, legs, and quarters are dense and wiry,
as well. Welsh Terriers are typically red/brown with black marks.
Welsh Terrier History
The Welsh Terrier is derived from the broken-coated Old English
Black-and-Tan Terrier. It is one of the oldest terrier breeds and
is known to date back to the middle of the eighteenth century.
The body of the Welsh Terrier is normal and healthy so that the
physique is durable and lasting. Some studies have suggested a genetic
predisposition to Glaucoma. A healthy Welsh Terrier lives about
12-13 years on average and stays active and alert up to a high age
if it is well taken care of and healthy.