Dog Breeds

Welsh terrier

A small, square silhouette, black and red terrier with hard, “wire”, slightly curly hair. Active and full of life, excellent hunting dog, a bit stubborn, but not very dominant, it is relatively easy to get along with him. With the Welsh terrier, you will certainly not be bored, but you must also ensure that he is not bored with you – otherwise, you will be terrorized. It is a cheerful, lively and open dog. Relations with children and strangers depend heavily on upbringing.


Welsh Terrier is a stubborn and tenacious dog, but very hardworking and energetic. He likes the company of man, but strives to get his way. Therefore, he needs firm but gentle guidance.

It is a cheerful, lively and open dog. He is rarely shy or shy. Of course, you can’t neglect socialization, hoping those good genes will do the trick. You must also remember that he has a loud voice and his barking can be bothersome.

Relations with children and strangers depend heavily on upbringing. Usually, there is no problem in dealing with children, but the Welsh can not be fed – without embarrassing the pursuit of a small intruder, if he is too aggressive. As for the relationship with the dogs, he is usually peaceful until he is provoked – then he will probably not let go again, even if the opponent is five times larger.


It is worth remembering that Welsh has a strongly developed hunting instinct, he is a great wild boar, he can be found at hunting competitions and hunting. As a fast and agile dog, he does well in agility if the handler tames his specific character.

Welsh terrier. Training and education

She learns quickly and willingly, but requires enormous consistency and a lot of work from early childhood. Even with the hundredth repetition of command, he may suddenly find that he will do it his way, because he just wants it. Left alone, without training and work opportunities, it can terrorize the owner. Run out, sleeps at home and collects energy for further activity. If there is no activity, he finds it himself, i.e. he destroys an apartment.

Welsh terrier

However, it must be admitted that there are individuals who are satisfied with a smaller dose of classes. It can be assumed that the Welsh terrier does not have to hunt or play sports, but it should be provided with longer walks and, for example, playing retrieving the ball.

Who is this race for?

Due to the rather difficult nature, Welsh is unlikely to be suitable for people who have not had a dog before. They are also not recommended for older people – they usually do not cope with them and it happens that they are returned to breeders. It is best for the Welsh terrier to get to a young, energetic person who is ready to devote a lot of time to him and at the same time is strong enough to not let himself get on his head.

Welsh terrier. Advantages and disadvantages


  • sometimes nervous
  • very, sometimes even too independent
  • can be impetuous


  • confident
  • loyal
  • inquisitive
  • active and full of energy
  • easily adaptable to the environment
  • friendly
  • alert


Although small in height, the Welsh terrier does not look like a delicate miniature at all. It is a quadruped with a robust and compact structure covered with a rough, two-layer coat. The soft undercoat performs insulation functions, and the cover coat forms a protective layer. The Welsh does not molt, although, of course, it changes the hair a bit – but if you trim it regularly, you will hardly find hair at home.

Welsh terrier

Welsh terriers are resistant dogs with occasional health problems. They usually live a dozen or so years and are active until old age, if their health allows them. Mentally, however, as their owners claim, they never grow old.


If the Welsh terrier does not hunt, then its weight should be controlled, because it absorbs karma very well. In this situation, Welsh is a very economical dog in nutrition. A dog that stays a lot in the open air, running, of course, needs more energy, and an active hunter’s helper may require up to twice as much energy as a sandwich.

Welsh terrier


Welsh terrier care is not too complicated – it is enough to brush it every few days, especially if he ran on the brush and clogged leaves or Velcro on the fur. Trimming is needed a few times a year. Haircut impairs the structure and color of the coat.


Welsh Terrier is one of the old breeds of British terriers, originally bred for hunting fox, badger, otter and hare, and for exterminating rodents. He is a descendant of two now non-existent breeds: a black and tan rough-haired terrier and an Old English terrier – known in England and Wales as early as the 13th century.

In the eighteenth century it was found that both types of dogs are so similar to each other that they actually constitute one breed. At the beginning of the 19th century, they were classified as Welsh terriers. They were bred for a long time as working dogs, but when in 1886 the British Kennel Club recognized the breed, attention was also paid to the appearance. In the image of the Welsh terrier (welsh terrier) there have been changes – to make him a more elegant dog, he was crossed with a rough-haired fox terrier.

Currently, Welsh are kept mainly as show and companion dogs. Compared to other terriers, they are slightly milder, but they still have a strong character and strong hunting instinct.

When it comes to appearance, it is worth mentioning breeds that may be confused with Welsh terriers. The Lakeland Terrier reminds him the most, although it has a much brighter fawn arson – in Welsh, the ore color is vivid and saturated. In addition, lakeland may be all fawn. This breed is much less popular, but it is also occasionally found here.

It is believed that they have common ancestors from the time of Roman invasion of Britain. In turn, the airedale terrier is much larger than the Welsh terrier. Sometimes, however, airedale’s puppy is sometimes mistaken for adult windfall.


Welsh Terrier – group III FCI, section 1, model number 78

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Character: smart dog, willing to work, cheerful, full of temperament, independent, but at the same time closely associated with man, alert, excellent guardian, endowed with strong hunting instinct, sometimes barking, usually gentle towards other dogs, unless provoked
  • Size: not more than 39 cm
  • Weight: 9-9.5 kg
  • Coat: rough, hard, close-fitting, abundant, undesirable coat
  • Color: black and tan and gray-black and tan without black lines on the fingers; in newborn puppies, arson is limited (as in the case of a rottweiler) and increases with age; the adult dog has a saddle padding
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Vulnerability to training: average, they are smart dogs that learn quickly, but like to have their own opinion
  • Activity: needs a lot of movement and activity
  • Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: very resistant, genetic problems occur sporadically
  • Possibility to buy a puppy: no problem

Interesting facts

It’s difficult to talk about the great popularity of Welsh terriers, but they have a group of fans everywhere. He belonged to them, among others President John F. Kennedy, accompanied by a Welsh man named Charlie.

Interestingly, the breed is on the endangered list, prepared by the British Kennel Club, because about 300 puppies are born there every year, while popular breeds – tens of thousands.

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