Welsh Terrier breed information

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The Welsh Terrier is colored tan on the head, legs and underbelly while having a black or sometimes grizzle saddle. The breed is a sturdy and compact dog of about medium size that can grow up to 15.5 in. (39.5 cm) with a weight of 20-22 lbs (9-10 kg). The tail is usually docked and is more preferred in order to complete the image of a square dog that is as tall as it is long. The body shape is rectangular, with elongated, "brick-like" face. This shape is formed by the whiskers and beard.

The hair contains two layers, an undercoat that insulates and an abrasive fur on top that protects against dirt, rain, and wind. Welsh Terriers are born mostly all black and during the first year they change the color to standard black and tan grizzle.

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

Temperament:
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.

Coat:
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.

Health
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.

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