The Welsh Terrier dog breed is of the AKC Terrier Group. This small, rugged, non-shedding terrier is a happy, energetic, and loving dog that loves to play. They do well with active families with children and are very adaptable to different living conditions. Due to their curious personality, it is wise to keep these terriers (as most terrier breeds) on leash when outdoors in unfenced areas. Welsh Terriers are also known to be acceptional in agility trials.
Welsh Terrier Breed Facts:
Grooming: The non-shedding, harsh wiry coat of an Welsh Terrier will need weekly brushings and grooming every 3 months.
Social Skills: Tends to be timid if not socialized early. This small dog gets along with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Calmer than most long-legged terriers. Curious, playful, and active. Welsh Terriers are a happy and energetic breed which are loving and loyal to their owners.
Children: Very good with respectful children. Can withstand some rough play.
Housing: Very active indoors, but easily adapts to any indoor living conditions. Makes nice companions for active, young families with children.
Exercise: High. Romps in the yard, daily neighborhood walks are fine. Keep on leash when outdoors in unfenced areas as they love to chase and run after their curiosities.
Training: Intelligent. Begin early 'positive' training. Remain consistent and firm.
Health: Prone to skin and eye problems. More information on Welsh Terrier inherited health disorders.
History: Welsh Terriers have an origin from Wales around 1450 and were originally developed to hunt otter, fox, and badgers. First shown in England in 1884 and first imported to the United States in 1888. Although Welsh Terriers look like the Wire Fox Terrier, the Lakeland Terrier, and the Airdale Terrier, canine historians refer to the Welsh as Britain's first terrier. Today's Welsh Terrier is still recognized for its hunting abilities and does well with agility.