The Welsh Terrier is one of the oldest hunting terriers. It was created in cold planes of north Wales and was used to hunt foxes, otters and badgers, as well as a watchdog. The standard was issued somewhere in the middle of the 19th century. Crossing with other terriers in the past contributed to an excellent hunting qualities, nice exterior and courage of this breed. It was imported into the USA between the two World Wars, when it was established as a perfect working animal. The breed was registered by the AKC in 1888.
Dogs of this breed have compact and proportionate bodies, covered with short, thick and rough to a touch fur. Coloration occurs in combination of brown and black or gray. Height of a representatives is about 39 cm and the weight - 10 kg. Its head is elongated, with dark, small eyes, dropping ears and characteristic beard and mustache. Neck is strong, legs are long and tail is carried upwards.
Character and behavior
This Terrier is a exuberant, lively, easy to teach and obedient dog. This is a general-purpose breed, often trace-barker. If it doesn't hunt, it is relatively calm, obedient and friendly. During hunting it is always very concentrated on the game. This is a waterfowl dog that likes to retrieve, brave and strong when running after a wild boara. This Terrier possesses an exceptional sense of smell, often excels with traces older than 20 hours.
Training and education
The Welshy is an active, playful dog that does everything with great enthusiasm. It is witty, mentally alert and has an open character, loyal and devoted. Smart and able to learn quickly, it always wants to please. At the same time, it is manipulative and independent, making its dressage challenging. The Welsh Terrier needs an experienced owner who can take care of it with confidence and a firm hand. The dog is full of energy and needs a lot of games and exercises to be carried out on secure and safe places to avoid trauma or escape. Early socialization is a must to instill in its confidence, firmness and good discipline.
The Welsh Terrier is a big show-off and loves a sound of its own barking, so it is not the right choice for people who love peace and quiet. It can be a great companion for people with an active lifestyle and free time.
Welsh Terriers have good general health, but are prone to thyroid problems, epilepsy, allergies and eye issues. Average lifespan is 10 to 12 years.
Grooming and care
You will need to invest some work in maintaining the appearance of a Welsh terrier. Coat should be brushed almost daily and clipped every few months to keep it in good condition. Beard must be cleaned daily and coat on the bottom should be kept short and clean. Hair falls more when the Welsh Terrier is still a puppy, but not so much afterwards. That's why the dog is suitable for owners with allergies.
Children and other pets
This Welsh breed is an excellent watchdog and is quite cautious in front of strangers. It understands well with behaved and older children, but does not like rough hugs and touches. It loves to run after small animals, and although generally tolerate other dogs, it will not hesitate to challenge them. Possessiveness is a distinctive feature of these dogs and sometimes they act very aggressively to protect their territory and food.
A good news is that these dogs are not too expensive to raise. For a period of 10 years a cost will be around 12.000 dollars, or only 1.200 dollars per year. Another pretty good reason to look for puppies for sale of the breed.