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Welsh Terrier Dog Breed Profile

Welsh Terrier

Other Names
Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification
Welsh Terriers belong to the terrier group and are used as companions and seen in the show-ring. 
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
< £4 per week
Feeding Requirements
They are relatively easy dogs to feed as they are not too fussy about their food. 
Other Expenses
The price of a puppy is around £500 to £600. Welshies are not an expensive breed to keep. They are hardy dogs and so there should not be excessive veterinary bills. They will, however, need to be plucked 2 or 3 times a year and so this will add to their cost. 
9 - 15 years
Welsh Terriers will live until they are 13 years old. 
Average Litter Size
The average size litter is between 4 to 6 puppies; the record is 10. 
General Physical Description
Small, compact, sturdy-looking dogs, Welshies are also smart and workmanlike. They have wiry, hard coats and stand squarely right up on their toes.

Height Min Max
Bitch 36cm (14") 39cm (15")
Dog 36cm (14") 39cm (15")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 9kg (20lbs) 10kg (22lbs)
Dog 9kg (20lbs) 10kg (22lbs)
Size Category
Weight Height Range
Both dogs and bitches measure between 36 to 39cms and weigh between 9 and 10kgs. 
Welshies are a very hardy breed with few breed-specific problems. They do, however, need flea dips, since their waterproof coats are resistant to regular sprays. Regular grooming will prevent skin complications and particular attention must be paid to around their ears and eyes to prevent excess hair developing infections. Manmade fibre can cause ear and chest infections, therefore it is best to use cotton bedding. 
Common Ailments

Irritations around eyes and ears
Skin allergies  
Susceptibility To Illness
Some historians think that these Terriers are a direct link to the Old English Black and Tan (or the Broken-Coated Terrier) but there are lengthy Welsh pedigrees which would imply that the breed is not a descendant of the now extinct English breed. In 1737, residents in Carnarvonshire were said to pride themselves on the purity of their Welsh Terriers. Indeed, the breed was known as the Carnarvonshire Welsh Terrier. For over two and a half centuries this breed was used for pack hunting of otters and badgers and the breed was given separate recognition in 1885 in England. However, in America, the breed was still grouped as Old English Terrier until 1901. 
The Welsh Terrier is bright enough to understand what is wanted of him but will be strong-willed and therefore needs firm, consistent handling.< 
Show Characteristics
The head should be flat with powerful jaws and a rather undefined stop. The eyes should be small, well-set in and dark. The ears are small and v-shaped, set on fairly high and carried forward. The neck should be a moderate length and thickness and slightly arched, adjoining long, sloping shoulders. The body should be short and well-ribbed up. The forelegs should be straight and muscular with ample bone; the hindlegs of a good length with strong, muscular thighs and again ample bone. The feet are small, round and cat-like. The tail is customarily docked and well-set on but should not be carried too gaily. 
Country Of Origin
Famous Examples
Records Held
Overall Exercise
60 - 80 minutes per day.
Welsh Terriers will go on for ever! They seem to be untiring, always ready to gallop off and play. As they adore swimming care must be taken when water is about. Yet, if you are unable to give them their normal exercise, they will accept matters without a fuss. 
Distress if Left Alone
Personal Protection
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children


General Character And Temperament
Welshies are active, cheerful dogs that are intelligent and affectionate. They bond very closely with their families although they can be somewhat reserved with strangers. They enjoy playing games and, as such, are ideal for children, taking some rough and tumble. If introduced to cats and other household animals when young, they will accept them willingly. If not, they will have a tendency to chase them. They are happiest being the only dog in the household! They are brave dogs who will hold their own fearlessly, although they are not normally aggressive. 
Coat Length
Grooming Requirement
> Once a week 
Requires Professional Groomer
Welshies need their coats plucked 2 or 3 times a year. Brushing and combing should be done 2 or 3 times a week. If being shown, more regular attention is necessary. 
Welshies are either black or grizzle on their jackets with tan on their legs, quarters and heads. 
Suffers From Allergies

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