Description: True to breeding, these dogs are intelligent, vigilant, active, cheerful, uncomplicated and affectionate, but can be strong-willed and opinionated. Welsh Terriers are very brave, courageous and tenacious. They bond very closely with their family/owners/handlers but will be wary of strangers. Welsh Terriers are very independent thinkers and will dominate upon spotting the slightest weakness.
Height: 14 - 15.5 inches
Weight: 20 - 21 lbs.
Colors: Black and tan; also black, grizzle and tan.
Coat: Abundant, wiry, hard and close.
Temperament: Active, playful
With Children: Yes, usually patient with children.
With Pets: Yes, if socialized from a young age not to chase.
Special Skills: Hunting dog and family pet
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: Brush three times per week, bathe when necessary. Regularly trimming of his coat is needed if showing, preferably by hand-stripping. Regular daily exercise, on or off the leash. Enjoys a game of ball or a run in the countryside.
Training: Needs basic obedience training to make him an enjoyable companion. Give him a constant variety and remain consistent as he will try to divert you from your intentions.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - Medium
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: An apartment is adequate if daily exercise is provided.
Health Issues: Free of major hereditary health problems.
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 3 - 6
Country of Origin: Celtic
History: Developed in North Wales and the north of England he was used to hunt otter, fox and badgers. His direct ancestors are two strains. The Celtic strain using the coarse-haired Black and Tan Terrier and the English strain using the Airedale and Fox Terrier.
First Registered by the AKC: 1888
AKC Group: Terrier