The Welsh terrier deriving its origin from the Wales region of the United Kingdom is a high-spirited alert breed, primarily developed to hunt rodents, fox, and badger. Sturdy, robust and compact like most terrier breeds, their significant body features include a rectangular head, brown, almond-shaped eyes, V-shaped ears folded above the skull, strong, square muzzle, and a high set tail. Having a free and effortless gait, they are versatile dogs good for the city as well as country-side life.
|Common nicknames||Welshie, WT|
|Color||Black and tan; black grizzle and tan; grizzle and tan|
|Average lifespan/ life expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Size (How big do they get)||Medium|
|Height||Approximately 15 inches|
|Weight||14 to 20 pounds|
|Litter size||4 to 6 puppies|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Happy, lively, energetic, intelligent, playful, loyal, devoted|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Prefers cold climate|
|Do they bark||Comparatively less than other terrier breeds, only to alert|
|Shedding (Does it shed)||Minimal|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||AKC, FCI, ANKC, NZKC, UKC, CKC, KC (UK)|
Though the actual time of their development is unknown, paintings and several depictions mention their period of origin to be in the 17th century. Because of its flexible nature, it was employed to hunt badgers, otters, and foxes. It had the tenacity and courage to dig into the badger’s den and kill it instantly. Speculated to derive its ancestry from the Black and Tan Terrier (with a broken coat), Lakeland Terrier, Airedale Terrier and the Irish Terrier, these dogs were initially known by several names like Black and Tan, Old English or Wire-Haired terrier. However, after 1885 they were classified in the group of Welsh Terrier by the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom. The Welsh Terrier Association formed in 1923 is the only club in the U.K. developed for the wellbeing of this breed. The foundation sire of the present day Welsh Terrier is Dick Turpin, who rose to popularity in 1888 after winning a lot of shows. Their popularity in the United States started spreading by the beginning of the 20th century. The WTCA (Welsh Terrier Club of America) was established in 1900 as AKC’s member club to support the betterment of this breed.
Woodle – Welsh Terrier x Poodle
Wirelsh Terrier – Welsh Terrier x Wire Fox Terrier
Weltador – Welsh Terrier x Labrador Retriever
Hava-Welsh – Welsh Terrier x Havanese
Welshund – Welsh Terrier x Dachshund
Wel-Chon – Welsh Terrier x Bichon Frise
Cheerful and energetic, fun loving and affectionate… these traits define the Welshie as a perfect family pet devoted towards its family, loving to dwell happily with its kith and kin.
They do get along well with children, being their perfect playmates, though supervision could be required when your Welshie is interacting with the little ones.
Being alert in nature like all other Terrier breeds, they serve as great watchdogs, intimating their masters about the arrival of an intruder into their domain or even of any unusual sight or sound they see or hear.
However, because of their Terrier descent, your WT might have a mind of its own and also be quick enough in deciding about a particular action.
Though they may be a little mellow than other Terrier breeds, their equation with other dogs may not be pleasant enough unless they are brought up with them. Keeping smaller pets with them could be risky since these hunting dogs could pounce upon the little creatures in no time.
Since they have a broken coat, it needs to be stripped twice or thrice a year with your hand or a stripping knife. You can even appoint a professional groomer to do this task for you. This would help in maintaining the overall coat health and also minimize chances of matt and tangle formation. You can also clip their coat occasionally, but in such cases, the old hair would remain within the skin follicles and not be removed entirely.
Bathe your Welshie only when the need arises for the same. Trimming its nails on a monthly basis is essential as they are prone to suffer from onychodystrophy (a disorder in the growth of nails) leading to brittle and weak nails. Brushing its teeth alongside cleaning its eyes and ears are other grooming instructions to be followed to keep infections at bay.
These breeds have average intelligence, ranking 53rd in the Intelligence of Dogs by Stanley Coren. However, they are apt in taking commands as well as following instructions, thus needing a skilled taskmaster to groom them properly.
Good quality dry dog food is essential to keep your Welsh Terrier in good health. If you desire to add human food simultaneously to their diet make sure it is devoid of nuts, ice-cream, chocolates and junk stuff.