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Welsh Terrier

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Affectionate, energetic and determined, the Welsh Terrier is best described as a fun filled ball of energy. They’re avid climbers, always keen to play and adoring of their dotting families.

Where I'm From

The backstory of the Welsh Terrier is unclear. Some believe it’s directly related to the Old English Terrier but others aren’t so sure. The breed has an obvious association with Wales but it also called parts of England home during the 19th century. In 1885, the Kennel Club of England official classified the breed with its current name. Back then they were used to hunt otters and badgers.

What I Look Like

The Welshie is a medium sized dog that grows to about 15 inches in height. These cute pooches proudly wear two coats to waterproof themselves. Their outer coat is hard and wiry while their undercoat is soft and short. Bear in mind, the wiry outer coat will need to be stripped several times a year.

Hopefully you’re partial to black and tan because that’s the only combination these guys come in.

How I Act

The Welshie is one determined dog, which can be viewed as an endearing or frustrating quality depending on how you look at it. It’s actually the reason they’re not considered great pets for first time dog owners as they can be difficult to train.

If you have some doggy experience under your belt, you should approach training with a positive attitude and plenty of patience. Know that if you’re consistent and calm you will end up getting through to this independent-thinking canine.

This charming character likes to be in high places and may climb furniture to get where he wants to be. You can probably tell he’s not only energetic but also creative. You’ll need to keep him entertained with plenty of games because a bored Welshie can be a destructive Welshie.

Fans of this breed adore the Welsh Terrier’s lively and affectionate nature. Some of the breed’s biggest fans are young children whose boundless energy can easily be matched by these pooches. Adults will be taken by this dog’s devotion and loyalty. They truly are an exceptional companion!

You will need to be careful if you’re planning to introduce your Welshie to small pets. If it views your pet rat or rabbit as prey, that might be the end of it! Also plan your dog’s introduction to any cats or other dogs. They will be adaptable and accepting if they’ve been socialised from an early age.

Looking After Me

This playful pooch won’t mind apartment life if you ensure they get plenty of exercise. Welsh Terriers are ideally suited to a house with a fenced yard but thankfully they’re adaptable. They’d prefer to have company but these dogs aren’t too fussed if they have to spend some alone time.

As touched on earlier, the Welshie’s coat will keep you occupied. It needs to be stripped every couple of months and brushed weekly. Their teeth require a little TLC too and should be cleaned two or three times a week.

Early socialisation is very important because they can be combative when crossing paths with other dogs.

You should aim to get them out and about walking for 30 to 60 minutes a day. Running around the backyard is a start, but will need to be combined with other exercise as well. If you do end up leaving the yard, make sure your Welsh Terrier is on a leash to prevent them chasing unsuspecting animals.

This breed is prone to allergies, epilepsy, glaucoma and hypothyroidism. Keep an eye out for symptoms and ask your breeder about your puppy’s bloodline if possible.

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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.