The Welsh Terrier: A Complete Guide

Bred to hunt independently, the happy and lively Welsh Terrier rarely gets tired. He wants to spend his days having fun.

The Welsh Terrier has a strong personality. Being a very smart dog, he also excels in obedience, earthdog, tracking, flyball, and agility competitions.

He’s also involved in therapy and search and rescue work.

The Welsh Terrier is a lot of dog for a medium-sized one. First-time dog owners would do better with a less independent breed.

He’s a breed that’s not for the weak-willed or faint of heart. If you’re looking for a quiet doggy companion, look elsewhere.

Obedience might take a while, but it will eventually, with repeated effort.

He needs intellectual stimulation. If you can provide that in his training, there’ll be no stopping him in competition.

The Welsh Terrier has a ton of energy and requires an hour of exercise every day.

Welsh Terrier
The Welsh Terrier is a cheerful and smart dog.

Although it’s not ideal, the Welsh Terrier can live in an apartment. He’s a born watchdog and will bark when he sees or hears something suspicious.

However, this can be a problem in buildings with noise restrictions. A house with a spacious and securely fenced yard is better for his noise and energy.

The Welsh Terrier can be a perfect, devoted companion for an active family who has the time to care for him and meet his exercise requirements.

He’s self-sufficient enough not to demand or desire excessive attention, but he’s sweet enough to enjoy cuddles on the couch.

He will fill your house with the sounds of life. He is proof that life can be lived to the fullest and that not all good things come in big packages.

Welsh Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

What Price are Welsh Terrier Puppies?

The price of Welsh Terrier puppies is anywhere between $800 to $1,200.

How to Find Reputable Welsh Terrier Breeders?

Looking online is an obvious and tempting place to start looking for breeders.

If they are not recommended personally or not affiliated with recognized kennel or breed clubs, you could just be wasting your time, energy, and money.

Consider asking your local vet instead. Visit a dog show. Attend a dog event.

Go online and check for breeder referrals. If you know someone with a gorgeous Welsh Terrier, ask them which breeder they used.

There are questions that you can ask breeders that can help you identify whether they have the best interests of their dogs at heart.

Most reputable breeders have been passionate about breeding for quite some time. An experienced breeder is always a knowledgeable breeder.

Ask them how long they have been breeding and you will know just how knowledgeable they are.

Their puppies should be raised in a regular household. This ensures that they get used to regular visitors, children, and other animals.

A puppy that is raised in a family environment is more likely to be friendly and relaxed.

Puppies that are isolated from humans can suffer from anxiety and may exhibit shy or aggressive behaviors.

Any good breeder will be happy to provide you with references of successfully homed pups. They may even go so far as to refer you to other breeders.

Responsible breeders will also have done the required health tests and treatments, including flea prevention treatments, worm treatments, and important vaccinations before letting them leave with their new owners.

3 Little-Known Facts About Welsh Terrier Puppies

  1. The Welsh Terrier was originally known as the Black and Tan Wirehaired Terrier or the Old English Terrier.
  2. Although associated with Wales, the Welsh Terrier also lived in many parts of England during the 19th century.
  3. He was commonly used to hunt foxes, otters, and badgers, and he excelled at eradicating vermin.

Physical Traits of the Welsh Terrier

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The Welsh Terrier is always sweet and affectionate.

The Welsh Terrier has a compact body and a wiry coat. The head is almost rectangular. He also wears a beard, mustache, and thick eyebrows.

The muzzle is square and strong, and the teeth may meet in a level or scissors bite.

The eyes are small, almond-shaped, and darkly colored. The coat usually comes in tan and black only, although the black may actually be grizzle.

Though the Welsh Terrier sheds only lightly, regular grooming is still required.

Brush his coat at least three times a week and strip it several times a year. Stripping can be done by hand or with a stripping knife.

Bathe him only when needed. Check his ears weekly. Cleanse regularly with a veterinarian-approved cleanser.

Brush his teeth at least once a week to prevent tartar buildup and fight gum disease.

How Big is a Full-Grown Welsh Terrier?

The Welsh Terrier can grow up to 15 inches in height and weigh 20 to 21 pounds.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Welsh Terrier?

The life expectancy of the Welsh Terrier is 10 to 14 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is very active and energetic. But he’s also a bit more sensible, with a different set of priorities than other terriers.

Welsh Terriers just want to have fun. They don’t see the sense in picking fights or barking constantly when they could be playing and having a good time.

They make good family dogs. They will romp with the kids in the yard and then ask for belly rubs come night time.

They are very easy to train once you get going. Welsh Terriers are smart, and if they think there is something to gain from a training session, they will participate wholeheartedly.

Start your training him early so that he will grow more responsive to the training process. Keep sessions short and vary the activity as much as possible. Be ready with a lot of treats.

Welsh Terriers don’t care much about pleasing you. Excited praise is good, but they will respond better with food as motivators.

They can assume they are the household leader and will make you earn your position as head of the household.

Always exhibit leadership, and never let your Welsh Terrier bend or break the rules.

Consistency is important when establishing your position because if you give a Welsh Terrier an inch, he will take a mile.

Welsh Terriers are excellent watchdogs who will alert you to any approaching strangers.

They will also alert you to every other sight or sound they take in. Welsh Terriers will not display an attitude toward other dogs for no reason. But if they are provoked, they will not back down.

Poorly socialized Welsh Terriers, however, can be dog aggressive.

In order for your Welsh Terrier to have the right attitude, you must socialize him early and consistently for him to understand that strange dogs are not always a threat.

The Welsh Terrier’s Diet

Welsh Terrier
The Welsh Terrier has an independent streak.

The Welsh Terrier is a very active dog that needs a diet of high-quality, dry kibble made specifically for active dogs.

Soft foods can cause different kinds of teeth and gum problems, as well as plaque buildup. This is why dry dog food is still the best for Welsh Terriers.

How Much Exercise Does a Welsh Terrier Need?

Welsh Terriers need a lot of exercise to maintain his good health and even temperament.

They should be walked several times a day and allowed to run as much as possible.

They are small enough to live in an apartment or condominium, but a commitment should be made to allow him to run as much as possible.

Welsh Terriers are highly intelligent and need to work their brains as much as their bodies.

They bore easily and will find ways to entertain themselves. This involves a great deal of destruction or mischief most of the time.

At home, playing games can keep him busy, as can problem-solving toys.

If possible, enroll him in flyball or agility. He will enjoy the extra exercise and the extra bonding time with you.

Welsh Terrier Health and Conditions

The Welsh Terrier is a relatively healthy breed. However, there are some health concerns associated with it.

Epilepsy and thyroid disease have been diagnosed in the breed.

Eye problems like glaucoma and lens luxation are also problems for the dogs. Welsh Terriers are prone to skin allergies as well.

My Final Thoughts on the Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is a cheerful and smart dog who loves nothing more than to have fun. He is always sweet and affectionate.

He has a playful nature. Loyal to his family, he can also be quite the social butterfly.

He loves to entertain himself and his family, and he’s not hot-tempered like other terrier breeds.

His energy and disposition make him a good family companion and playmate for children.

The Welsh Terrier has an independent streak, which can pose some difficulties when it comes to training, especially with inexperienced owners.

But this is usually offset by what most people love best about the Welsh Terrier: his happy nature and zest for life.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

5
Cost to Buy
10
Cuteness Level
9
Family Safety
8
Friendliness
7.5
Health Concerns
7
Life Span
4.5
Exercise Required
6.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.2 / 10

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