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Welsh Terrier

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The Welsh Terrier is an energetic and active dog that by appearance is similar to the larger Airedale Terrier. The Welsh Terrier is a hardy medium-sized dog that is friendly towards people and other dogs. It has the typical Terrier temperament that is independent, confident and stubborn by nature. The Welsh Terrier rarely barks.

Character and behavior
The Welsh Terrier is a great family dog for the active family as it requires quite a lot of exercise to be happy and balanced. It can be a challenge to train the Welsh Terrier because of its independent and stubborn nature. The Welsh Terrier needs firm but gentle leadership or it will make up its own rules.

The Welsh Terrier gets along well with kids and loves playing outside digging holes or swimming. The Welsh Terrier is known to stray if left outside alone or not within a fence.

History of the breed
The Welsh Terrier originated in Wales and is one of the oldest Terrier breeds. It was originally bred for hunting fox, otter, badger and other animals. Because of its small size the Welsh Terrier was capable of entering the lairs of these animals and scare them out so that the hunter could shoot them.

The Welsh Terrier was also used to kill rats and other vermin. Today the Welsh Terrier is competitive in Agility. The Welsh Terrier is believed to be a direct descendant of the now extinct Black-and-tan Terrier.

Appearance, grooming and health
The Welsh Terrier is a medium-sized dog with a square head and small v-shaped ears that folds over. The muzzle is black and the back is short and straight. The Legs are muscular and the eyes are small dark and deep set. The square look is characteristic for the breed.

The compact little Terrier can grow up to 16 inches and weigh 20-22 pounds. The coat has two layers and the outer layer is water repellent and coarse. The coat needs a trim a few times a year and regular brushing. The Welsh Terrier only sheds very little. The Welsh Terrier is in general a healthy breed that can be expected to live 10-14 years.

What you should know about the Welsh Terrier dog breed:

  • A friendly, energetic and loyal family dog for the active family
  • As a true Terrier they love to tunnel and dig and can be possessive of their food and toys
  • Needs lots of exercise
  • Needs a confident and consistent owner as the Welsh Terrier has an independent streak and will take advantage if indulged
  • Good with children

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