The Welsh Terrier originates from northern Wales. It is probably a direct descendant from the old English Broken-Haired Black-and-Tan Terrier, before a common breed, but now extinct.
Originally bred for hunting fox, rodents, otters, marten and badgers, but during the last century it has mainly been bred for showing. Despite this, it has retained its terrier characteristics. Some claim its the oldest existing breed in the UK.
Welsh Terrier characteristics
The Welsh Terrier look like a miniature Airedale, it is steady, sensible and full of energy. As a low- to nonshedder, the breed can also be great for people with allergies. Their long head is rectangular and sports a beard, mustache and some bushy eyebrows.
Welsh Terrier personality
The more exercise the better, the energetic and intelligent breed is always ready for fun and games. The Welsh Terrier goes best along active owners.
They have a high prey drive and will chase anything, but friendly and outgoing towards humans. They love to swim and they love to dig. The Welshie can also be quite possessive of their toys and their food.
Welsh Terrier size and weight
The Welsh Terrier is a medium sized dog that can grow up to 39 cm (15 inches), with a weight of 9-10 kg (20-22 lbs), males a bit larger.
Welsh Terrier Temperament
The Welsh Terrier has a typical terrier temperament, and they can have a bit of an attitude. Normally friendly towards other dogs, but when challenged, it will not back down.
Welsh Terrier health issues
The Welsh Terrier is a rather healthy breed, but some lines can be prone to eye problems and skin irritations.