Welsh Terriers -
They'll Steal Your Heart!
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
Personality and Traits of Welsh Terriers
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.
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.
Appearance, 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.
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
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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Welsh Terriers are a good breed for the elderly, being an alert watchdog and a faithful