Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is a medium-sized, compact, square-shaped dog with a thick, harsh and wiry outer coat. The Welsh Terrier has a prolific covering of facial hair that forms a rectangular shape, often creating a stern or quizzical expression. The Welsh Terrier is sadly rarely seen in the UK and is now considered a vulnerable breed. It forms part of the popular terrier group of dogs.

Welsh Terrier breed group

Terrier

Size of the Welsh Terrier

Medium

Colour Varieties of the Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier comes in 2 colour variations which include:

  • Black & tan
  • Black grizzle & tan

Country of origin

Wales

The Welsh Terrier through History

The exact date of origin of the Welsh Terrier is unknown, but it is believed to be the oldest breed of dog in the UK. However, it was not recognised as a breed with the Kennel Club until the 19th century. The Welsh Terrier is a capable and skillful worker and was originally used to hunt rodents, badgers and foxes.

Welsh Terrier introduction and overview

The Welsh Terrier is a compact, square-shaped dog with a thick, harsh, wiry outer coat. The Welsh Terrier has a distinctive covering of facial hair that forms a rectangle.

The Welsh Terrier is currently ‘At Watch’ on the Vulnerable Native Breed list. This list, with figures produced by the Kennel Club highlights the dogs with fewer than 300 registrations in a year. There were 389 new Welsh Terrier’s registered during 2015, and numbers are starting to look better.

Size and weight of the Welsh Terrier

Height bitch up to 39cms at the shoulders.

Height dog up to 39cms at the shoulders.

Weight (kilos) bitch 9-9.5kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 9-9.5kgs

Exercise requirements of the Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is an energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. It can live in a town, and even adapt to living in an apartment if it receives the physical and mental stimulation it requires.

Welsh Terrier temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Welsh Terrier is an energetic, enthusiastic, friendly dog and confident. It forms a strong bond with his owner and family unit. The Welsh Terrier can be very wary of strangers, and threatening situations, and unlikely to back down.

Early socialisation and regular training should be be introduced at an early age to prevent herding and to encourage good social skills. Welsh Terrier’s are normally good with children, but care should be taken around cats and other small pets.

Is the Welsh Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The Welsh Terrier  is fairly easy to train, so suited to a novice owner, but prospective new owners should ensure regular training and socialisation sessions are in place, and maintained.

New owners should be aware of the grooming costs involved for this particular breed.

Welsh Terrier coat length and grooming

Medium.The Welsh Terrier is double-coated. It has a soft undercoat, with a harsh, wirey top coat. The breed has distinctive brick-shaped muzzle hair.

The Welsh Terrier requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove mud, twigs etc. The coat requires professional hand stripping or clipping 2-3 times per year.

Ears need to be plucked, cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.

Hypoallergenic?

No. This breed sheds throughout the year, so is an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded in the breed and consult their breeder:

  • Glaucoma

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Welsh Terrier

A healthy Welsh Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-13 years.

Approximate Welsh Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £800 for a pedigree Welsh Terrier puppy. Litters are rarely available, so be prepared to wait for available litters.

There are generally 4-6 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Welsh Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 9kgs requires 175gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog weighing 9kgs requires 175gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 9kgs bitch is around £4.50

The weekly cost of feeding a 9kgs dog is around £4.50

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the terrier group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment