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
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.
Am I the pet for you?
- Energetic and playful
- Perfect companion for kids
- Suited to an active family or individual
- Can be destructive when bored
- Can’t be trusted with small animals
- Needs its coat stripped every two months
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