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Welsh Terrier


General Information - Welsh Terrier


Group:
Terrier

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
12-14 years

Exercise:
Moderate

Grooming:
High

Trainability:
Very hard

Watchdog Ability:
Very high

Protection Ability:
Very low

Area of Origin:
Wales

Date of Origin:
1700s

Other Names:
None

Original Function:
Otter, fox, badger, and rat hunting



History

The Welsh Terrier was originally developed in Wales to hunt otter, fox and badger in their dens and also to hunt with hounds in packs. The breed was probably an offshoot of the old British Black and Tan Terrier, and one of only two terrier breeds native to Wales. For sometime it had existed as the old Reddish-Black Wirehaired Terrier. Today's Welsh Terrier is primarily a companion dog, but still retains its hunting ability. Some of the Welsh Terrier's talents include: hunting, tracking, watchdogging, agility and performing tricks.

Temperament

This curious and playful dog is also intelligent and affectionate. Welsh Terriers are patient and do well with children. They enjoy swimming, playing and digging. Happy and spunky, Welsh Terriers do best with a young active family whose activities matches its level of activeness.

Upkeep

The Welsh Terrier needs a moderate walk on leash every day or an invigorating play session. If allowed to run off leash, it should be in a safe area because it tends to hunt. The Welsh can live happily outdoors during nice weather, but it should sleep inside in cold weather. It does best when allowed access to house and yard. Its wiry jacket needs combing two to three times weekly, plus shaping every three months. Shaping for pets is by clipping, and for show dogs is by stripping. The ears of puppies may need to be trained in order to ensure proper adult shape.