Welsh Terrier

welsh terrier

Small, compact, sturdy-looking dogs, 'Welshies' are also smart and workmanlike. They have wiry, hard coats and stand squarely right up on their toes. Welsh Terriers are either black and tan, or black grizzle and tan. Adults are 39cm or under in height and weigh 9-9.5kg.

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  • Category size: Small
  • Grooming requirements: More than once a week
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  • Shedding: Little
  • Allergies: No
  • Noise: Not too noisy
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Terrier
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  • Alone: 1 to 3 hours
  • Other pets: Medium
  • Stability as a guard: Low


Some historians think that the Welsh Terrier dog breed is a direct link to the Old English Black and Tan (or the Broken-Coated Terrier) but there are lengthy Welsh pedigrees that would imply that the breed is not a descendant of the now extinct English breed. In 1737, residents in Carnarvonshire were said to pride themselves on the purity of their Welsh Terriers. Indeed, the breed was known as the Carnarvonshire Welsh Terrier. For over two and a half centuries this breed was used for pack hunting of otters and badgers and was given separate recognition in 1885 in England.


A Welsh Terrier is an active, cheerful dog that is intelligent and affectionate. They bond very closely with their families and are playful and fun, although they can be somewhat reserved with strangers. If introduced to cats when young, they will accept them willingly. If not, they will have a tendency to chase them. They are often happiest being the only dog in the household!


The Welsh Terrier can suffer from inherited eye conditions. Testing is available.


Welsh Terriers are full of energy! They appear untiring and always ready to gallop off and play. As they adore swimming, care must be taken when water is about. Yet, if you are unable to give them their normal exercise upon occasion, they will accept matters without a fuss. Adults will need at least an hour's daily exercise but will happily accept more.


Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.


Welsh Terriers need their coats plucked two or three times a year. Brushing and combing should be done two or three times a week.

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