Welsh Terrier

Welshies are small and compact dogs with wiry, hard coats and a confident, square stance. Don't be deceived by their sturdy appearance, Welsh Terriers are also intelligent and workmanlike!

Other Names
Welshie
Country of Origin
Wales
Colour
Black or grizzly in a cute, jacket-like shape on their back with a tan colour on their legs, quarters and heads.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
Both dogs and bitches measure 36 to 39cms and weigh between 9 and 10kgs.
Health
Welshies are fortunately a hardy breed that doesn't have many breed-specific problems. The downside of their hardiness is their coats are waterproof and will resist spraying so just be sure to take them for regular flea dips.
Life Span
12-13 years
Intelligence
The Welsh Terrier is an intelligent dog but strong willed, if you don't stay firm with them they'll give you a run around! Don't worry though if you're consistent and firm they are smart enough to understand and learn what you need them to.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

They are relatively easy dogs to feed, Welshies aren't too fussy about their meals!

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Welshies are full of beans! They are energetic and always happy to go for a run and play. They love swimming and will race off if you're not careful so make sure to be careful when there's water nearby. If you have trouble with taking them for exercise though they should accept matters without a fuss.
Ailments
Welshies are fortunately a hardy breed that doesn't have many breed-specific problems. The downside of their hardiness is their coats are waterproof and will resist spraying so just be sure to take them for regular flea dips.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

Welshies will need a good plucking 2-3 times a year! Brushing and combing should happen 2-3 times a week and more frequently if there are signs skin irritation is occurring.

Grooming Frequency
2 or 3 times a week.
Trimming
Occassional
Remember the Ol' English Black and Tan (or Broken Coated Terrier)? Neither do we, but there's some lengthy Welsh pedigrees which imply that despite a common belief they are related, the Welshie is not a descendent of that now extinct breed. In fact for two and a half centuries the breed was known as the Carnarvonshire Welsh Terrier, the pride of the town of Carnarvonshire which bred them. Welshies were used to hunt otters and badgers in packs. The Welshie was finally given separate recognition of their unique breed in England in 1885 but it was still known as an Old English Terrier until 1901 in America.


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