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Welsh Terriers -
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welsh terrier

Background And Description:

Welsh Terriers are a very old pure breed originating several centuries ago in Wales. Many authorities believe they are descended from the Old English Black and Tan Wired Haired Terrier.

The Welshie is a game and hardy breed that had the stamina and enthusiasm to run with the pack hounds during long hunting days in pursuit of otter, fox or badger. They worked in very difficult, often cold conditions and rocky terrain, in the mountainous regions of North Wales, proving their toughness and courage over and again. You have to admire the grit of this small dog!

Although they no longer work in their previous occupation, they still retain the spirit for it. If an unfortunate varmit should happen to stop by your property, they'll be sorry they did.

This is a handsome little dog, compact and sturdy looking, with a very alert expression. They bear a strong resemblance to the Airedale - albeit half the size, and Lakeland terriers, though they are a distinctly different breed.




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Appearance:

Height: 15-15.5 inches
Weight: 20-21 lbs
Color variations: Black/Tan preferred, and Grizzle





Coat and Care:

The low odor double coat is harsh and wiry on top while soft and fine underneath. Weekly brushing will keep it tangle free and in smart condition.

Stripping is necessary for show dogs, or if you want to keep the coat at its very best. Low shedding makes it a good candidate for allergy sufferers to consider.

Dental care should also be a regular part of grooming because serious health problems can develop as a result of gum disease. Brushing should be started early in a pet's life.

Additionally, you will also want to inspect his paws, nails, and ears for any attention they might need.

A head to toe check of vital signs is also a good habit - you can learn how do that here.

Personality and Traits:

Welsh Terriers are very easy and fun to live with, being very affectionate, feisty - yet obedient, and always ready to play.

This dog is a party animal and loves to be around people and go everywhere. He doesn't like being left alone, but does not make a fuss or bark about it to the neighbors. When a Welshie barks, it's for a valid reason, not just to hear his own voice! At least that has been my observation.

Always inquisitive and playful, as well as intelligent, he can be drawn into training sessions if presented in a fun or gamelike manner.

However, as an owner, you do need to let him know who is the boss or he will happily rule the roost. He is smart enough to take advantage of any loopholes you've overlooked.

Speaking of loopholes, if he accidentally gets out of your property, he's hard to catch. Even though he may see you lip-syncing words at him, for some uncanny reason he suddenly becomes totally deaf! Go figure.happy face

Although he likes meeting other dogs and is not aggressive, the Welsh Terrier has a high degree of courage and will not back down from a confrontation.

  
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Health:

Welsh Terriers are hardy little canines and generally enjoy not only good health throughtout their lifetime, but also a prolonged youthfulness well into senior years. With good care, they can easily live up to 13 or more years.

However, it is good to be aware of health issues that may affect the breed, even though in many cases your Welshie may never be affected by them.

Some disorders associated with this breed include eye conditions such as glaucoma and inherited lens luxation which can also lead to glaucoma, but in the latter, DNA testing is available and should be done in breeding stock. Dry eye may also be a related issue.

Other diseases to note are epilepsy, cushing's disease, and hypothyroidism.

Those seeking to acquire a Welsh Terrier should be sure to ask breeders about these health matters.

Activity Level:

Welshies can be very active and busy for periods of time indoors and then become complete couch potatoes. But if they haven't been given a walk, that's a different story and they will find a way to let you know its time to go!

Space Needs:

This breed is very adaptable to any accommodations, although they do like to be outside quite often and expect to get one, or hopefully two, decent walks a day.

Children:

They really light up around children and enjoy playing games with them. They are tough enough to handle boisterous activity. The caution still remains that interactions between children and dogs should always be watched.

Elderly:

Welsh Terriers are a good breed for the elderly, being an alert watchdog and a faithful companion.





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