Welsh Terrier

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Wales
AKC Group:Terrier Group
UKC Group:Terrier
Use today:Earthdog
Life Span:12 to 15 years
Color:Black and tan.
Coat:Harsh, dense wire outer coat, soft undercoat.
Grooming:Brush weekly. Clip three to four a year or hand strip.
Size:Small Dog Breed
Height:15 to 15.5 inches at the shoulder
Weight:20 pounds

"Let's get busy" is the rallying cry of this game but well-mannered terrier, whose temperament is described as friendly and smart, with a desire to please. That pleasing personality has long made the breed a favorite in its native country. In the 1700s, the breed was well established with several hunts in North Wales. The dogs of that era were higher on leg and thus able to keep up with the hounds. A true working terrier, the Welsh was bred to hunt badger, fox and otter as well as rats and other vermin. Physically tough and sturdy, males measure 15 inches at the shoulder and weigh about 20 pounds; females slightly less. The dog has a dense, hard and wiry waterproof outer coat over a soft, insulating undercoat. The head and legs are tan, and the jacket is black or black grizzle. Hand stripping is needed for the show ring, but pets are more often clipped. The Welsh is sensible, intelligent and quiet. Young dogs make good pets for children with similar traits, while older dogs are fine companions for senior citizens. The Welsh Terrier is happiest with its people. It enjoys daily exercise and is at home in city or country.

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