Welsh Terrier Overview
Many of the English terriers of today have their roots with the Old English Terrier. These dogs were prized for their variety of hunting skills, including game such as otter, fox, and badgers. Welsh hunters wanted a dog with longer legs and larger body, to help with their unique environment. It wasn’t until the late 1800s when a dog named Dick Turpin became a show winner and started what is now known as the Welsh Terrier.
Welsh Terrier Characteristics
This dog breed features similar look and style to other larger terrier breeds. They have short triangular ears, a long and broad body and longer legs. Tails may be docked, however, their long, sturdy tail makes them ideal for pulling them out of the ground when in a burrow during hunting. They also feature the traditional black and tan coloration of curly hair and almost comical beard.
Welsh Terrier Temperament
While sturdy and calm as a hunter, this dog breed is also a sweet and loving pet who enjoys time with his family. They travel well and do great with adventurous owners who allow them to show off their curiosity and friendliness. Like all terriers, he will stand up to a challenge be it someone threatening his family, or another animal to be hunted.
Welsh Terrier Care
This dog breed lives on average 13 to 15 years, typical for a medium-sized dog. Some health concerns include epilepsy, skin issues, glaucoma and thyroid issues. Good care of the coat and treatment of any conditions as they arise will help ease symptoms and provide a long and happy life for the Welsh Terrier.
Welsh Terrier Coat
While the coat may look easy to maintain, it does require a deal of professional grooming. The coat should be trimmed and hand stripped by a groomer a few times per year to keep it from becoming shaggy and matted. Trimming of the beard and legs may also be needed if owners intend to keep their Welsh Terrier in a more show-style look.
Welsh Terrier Training
They are very smart, however, they can be independent and stubborn like many of their kind. Training sessions should focus on short and positive interactions that stop before the breed becomes bored or distracted. Socialization is also important if he is to have any interactions with other dogs or pets, due to his hunting instincts.
Welsh Terrier Activity
They do not need as much exercise as some other terriers and will do well having several short walks daily. However, allowing them to stretch their legs and explore terrain will keep them active both mentally and physically. They are happiest with their owners, so as long as they are part of the action, they will be happy to tag along.