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Welsh Terrier

WelshTerrier

Affectionate and Intelligent

Independent, Mischievous, Playful

Welsh Terriers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Welsh Terriers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Welsh Terrier and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:Male: 15-15.5"; Female: smaller Weight:20 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
1

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
1

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Welsh Terriers have high exercise requirements, and should be in a fenced enclosure if exercised off leash. They also high prey drive, so need to be leashed when walking.

Grooming: Brush coat as needed, at least weekly. Hand stripping is also required.

Dental: Welsh Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


The Welsh Terrier is known to be happy and cheerful, a great friend on a rainy day. Their intelligence does require a variety of stimulating activities – hiking and swimming are two of their favorites.

Positive Traits:

Lively, with a friendly personality

Good with people and other pets

Eager to please and responsive to training

Gregarious, extroverted personality

Gentle-mannered and easy to get along with

Friendly and eager to please

Negative Traits:

Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children

Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly

Can be difficult to housetrain

Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

Likes to dig



Whether you are considering adding a new Welsh Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Welsh Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Welsh Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Welsh Terrier could encounter:

Eye Problems

Glaucoma

Cataracts

Distichiasis

Allergies

Thyroid Disease

Welsh Terriers were developed in Wales, and brought to the United States in 1888. She was bred to hunt badger, fox, and otter. They have always been excellent vermin control dogs. Today Welsh Terriers are also enjoyable companion dogs – well-mannered and outgoing. Because of their high intelligence and activity level, they require vigorous exercise. Without it she may become bored and resort to digging and other naughty behaviors. They shed minimally, have moderate grooming needs, and have an average life span of 10-14 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Welsh Terrier shows signs of the following:

Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

Cloudiness to eye lens

Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

General reluctance to run or play

Any new or changing lumps or bumps

  • Care

    Routine Care: Welsh Terriers have high exercise requirements, and should be in a fenced enclosure if exercised off leash. They also high prey drive, so need to be leashed when walking.

    Grooming: Brush coat as needed, at least weekly. Hand stripping is also required.

    Dental: Welsh Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    The Welsh Terrier is known to be happy and cheerful, a great friend on a rainy day. Their intelligence does require a variety of stimulating activities – hiking and swimming are two of their favorites.

    Positive Traits:

    Lively, with a friendly personality

    Good with people and other pets

    Eager to please and responsive to training

    Gregarious, extroverted personality

    Gentle-mannered and easy to get along with

    Friendly and eager to please

    Negative Traits:

    Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children

    Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly

    Can be difficult to housetrain

    Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

    Likes to dig



  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Welsh Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Welsh Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Welsh Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Welsh Terrier could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Glaucoma

    Cataracts

    Distichiasis

    Allergies

    Thyroid Disease

  • History

    Welsh Terriers were developed in Wales, and brought to the United States in 1888. She was bred to hunt badger, fox, and otter. They have always been excellent vermin control dogs. Today Welsh Terriers are also enjoyable companion dogs – well-mannered and outgoing. Because of their high intelligence and activity level, they require vigorous exercise. Without it she may become bored and resort to digging and other naughty behaviors. They shed minimally, have moderate grooming needs, and have an average life span of 10-14 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Welsh Terrier shows signs of the following:

    Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

    Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

    Cloudiness to eye lens

    Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    General reluctance to run or play

    Any new or changing lumps or bumps

Welsh Terrier Discussions

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To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

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