The Welsh Terrier is a playful and adventurous member of the Terrier group and is always on the lookout for fun games and entertainment. They are not quite as temperamental or feisty as most terriers are, which makes them reliable house dogs. They can be boisterous when running around outside, yet calm and mild-mannered indoors – making these dogs a joy to have around the home.
Welsh Terriers are also wonderful around children but may be a bit territorial when it comes to other pets in the house. They are weary and reserved when it comes to strange people, making them excellent watchdogs. Some Welsh Terriers can be a little stubborn and head-strong when it comes to training. They also tend to bark and dig when given the chance.
A Brief History of the Welsh Terrier
The history of the Welsh Terrier goes back to the 1700s in Whales. They are one of only two breeds of terriers that are native to Whales. It is said that the Welsh Terrier is a descendant from the Black and Tan Rough Terrier, which was a popular breed in Britain around the late 18th century.
During that time, North Whales had produced a terrier strain known as the “Ynysfor”. At the exact same time period, Northern England had produced a breed that looked identical to the Ynysfor, known as the “Old English Broken Haired Terrier”. The two strains looked so much alike that when both were entered into the show ring many people mistook them for one another.
They eventually were grouped together and both became known as Welsh Terriers. The Welsh Terrier was officially recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1886. Breeders wanted to further improve the breed and so crossed them with the Wire Fox Terrier. Today they can be found as loving companions and a regular contender in earthdog trials.
Upkeep Requirements for the Welsh Terrier
A fairly active dog breed, the Welsh Terrier needs a moderate amount of daily exercise. These requirements can be met with a few brisk walks on the leash and some time to run around the yard. These dogs quickly tire after vigorous exercise and enjoy relaxing just as much as they do playing. Welsh Terriers also tend to hunt so be sure to have them confined to a safe, fenced-in yard at all times when off-leash.
Welsh Terriers can tolerate moderately cool or warm temperatures, but should not live completely outside. Sleeping indoors with the family at night is ideal as they form very tight bonds with their owners and need as much human contact as possible. Grooming requirements for the breed’s wiry coat calls for a thorough brushing every two to three days. A professional shaping should also be done every few months to keep the coat neat.
Welsh Terrier Health Concerns
The average lifespan of the Welsh Terrier is between twelve and fourteen years. There are no major health concerns in the breed. Minor health issues include glaucoma and lens luxation. Rarely seen are seizures and allergies. Veterinarians suggest that Welsh Terriers get specifically tested for eye problems.
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