Game, Sporting Dogs
The Welsh Terrier is descended directly from the Old
English Terrier, otherwise known as the Black and Tan Terrier
which was established in the late 1730s. Early sporting prints of
couples of rough coated black and tans, clearly show the likeness
to the present day Welsh Terrier. Then, he was use extensively in
his native land, Wales, for hunting otter, fox and badger, aptitudes
and hunting instincts he has never lost. Although he looks like
a miniature Airedale, the Welsh is definitely his own breed.
The name is often misspelled Welch Terrier.
A Welsh Terrier is a sturdy, compact, rugged dog, medium
size, and sports a wire-textured jacket, black and tan in color, or
grizzle, is also acceptable. They are very friendly, and outgoing
with people, always alert, aware, and spirited, but exhibiting self
control. Overly aggressive behavior, or shyness is not typical of
this breed. Welsh Terrier puppies are adorable, with their little
whiskered faces and frisky loving curiosity. Puppies are eager
to learn and please, and respond well to training. These dogs do
shed a bit, needing some weekly grooming. They are active
dogs needing lots of exercise at least three times a day.
Welsh Terriers are excellent family pets, good
with children and excellent watchdogs.
The Welsh Terrier
Dog: 15-15½ in. (38-39 cm) at withers.
Bitch: Proportionally smaller.
Weight: On average about 20 lb. (9.1 kg).
Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years.