The pup is happy in the lap of its owner. – Welsh Proverb
As his name suggests, the Welsh Terrier originated in Wales. He was developed from the English Black and Tan Terrier, and some claim that he is the oldest existing dog breed in the United Kingdom.
Welsh Terriers have been on the job as hunters of otter, fox, and badger since the early 1700s.
The Welsh Terrier stands up to 15 inches (38 cm) tall at the shoulder. He has a hard, wiry, tight coat that is black and tan, or black/grizzle and tan markings. The coat should be hand stripped regularly to keep his fur looking its best. In appearance the Welsh Terrier strongly resembles a small Airedale Terrier.
Photos displayed courtesy of Jan Gran, Gran Reg’d, Saskatchewan
The Welsh Terrier has the outgoing nature common to terriers, but he is not as quick to anger as most other terriers. He is affectionate, playful and active and enjoys the company of children. A spirited family pet for the active household, Welsh Terriers are affectionate, energetic, and have a high activity level. Alert, bold, and loyal, they also make excellent watchdogs.
As with most terriers, he will stand his ground against other dogs, and will benefit from early training and socialization. Early training will also help curb his instinct to chase other household pets.
He is intelligent, responsive, and independent. A creative and quick thinker, the Welsh Terrier has a mind of his own and tends to make his own decisions, therefore constant reinforcement and variety in training is the key.
This is an active breed who needs lots of exercise and so is happiest in a home with a large fenced yard. If bored, he may get into mischief and become destructive. Welsh Terriers become easily excited so they may indulge in excessive barking. They love chasing toys, swimming, and like most terriers, digging!