Country of Origin: Wales
Size: 39 cm or 15-15.5 inches at the withers with bitches slightly smaller
Weight: 9-9.5kg or 20-21-pounds with bitches usually a little lighter
Grooming Requirements: High Maintenance
Exercise Requirements: High
Popularity in Australia: Becoming rare with less than 300 pups registered each year
Dog Type: Terrier
Most Suited As: Hunting dog or pet for an active family
Also Known As: Black/ Tan Wire-haired Terrier, Reddish Black Wire-haired Terrier, Old English Terrier
Expected Life Span: 10-12 years
The Welsh Terrier was bred in Wales for the sport of hunting, driving badger, otter and fox from their dens. They were shown in England for the first time in 1884, and were welcomed by Americans in 1888 when Prescott Lawrence brought them across the Atlantic.
A loving, cheerful, playful dog describes this breed. They are very energetic and strong enough to not be easily hurt which makes them excellent companions for children. They require lots of exercise, so an active family that enjoys playing, running, swimming, or hiking outdoors would be the best fit for this dog. Welch Terriers are not as hyper or excitable as most terrier breeds, but they are still very active and need frequent attention.
This terrier will quickly become dominant in the household unless the owner understands the breed and becomes the “pack leader”. They can be stubborn and difficult to train without an excellent rapport with the trainer. They must be met with calm authority during training or discipline.
Being born hunters they may stalk, hunt, and attack others animals if nor trained and socialized properly. Barking can be a problem as they will feel the need to alert you to any threat, real or imagined.
Have no fear – a Welch Terrier will alert you to anything amiss!
Fencing/ Backyard Requirements
The Welch Terrier can prove to be an escape artist. They can climb a chain-link fence like a ladder, or dig under it in record time. You may have to implant the fencing deep in the ground to discourage digging under, and it should be taller than normal for a dog of this size. Make sure the dog has plenty of running room, and be prepared for lots of digging. Don’t try to fight it, it’s just part of their nature.
Size/ Weight and Color
This terrier looks a lot like the Airedale Terries, but smaller. Their color is reddish brown and black, usually with the saddle across their back being black. They are a smaller dog, reaching a weight of about 15 inches or 39 cm. (wither height), but are sturdy and well-proportioned with a weight of about 9kg (20 pounds)
This breed requires several sessions of combing and brushing each week. In addition hand plucking is recommended 3-4 times a year to remove dead hair since they don’t shed on their own. Show dogs require an even more rigorous grooming schedule. Their distinctive appearance is given from the wiry overcoat that is longer at the eyebrows, muzzle, and feet.
This dog is generally healthy and sturdy, not easily injured, but as with all breeds they do have tendencies for certain disorders. The most notable health problems particular to this dog is occasional eye problems and skin conditions if the coat is not groomed properly. The Welch Terrier is prone to Glaucoma and Cataracts even as pups. Many have allergies that cause most of the skin problems. More rarely owners have to contend with Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, and loose knees syndrome.
Welsh Terrier Organisations in Australia
West Australian Terrier Club Inc
Welsh Terrier Organisations in the UK
Welsh Terrier Club
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