The Welsh Terrier originated, as their name gives a clue, in Wales some few hundred years ago and so are one of the oldest terrier breeds. When the hidden valleys Wales opened up to the rest of Britain in the 19th century the value of this dog was immediately realised. A dog that will go to ground or into caves after game, work well with packs of hounds which drove the quarry to a spot where the terrier could corner and seize it, or force it once more into the open for the chase. Welsh Terriers were bred for courage and strength in a compact size with a good ability to scent game.
Sometimes referred to as “miniature Airedales” this is far from the truth, their similarity ends at coat and colour. They are a small compact dog but don’t think that it is in any way a “lap dog”. The Welsh has all the gaiety, fire and courage of a true terrier combined with common sense and dignity; this happy blend of temperaments makes them ideal family companions. Always up for a game and always wants to be the winner! Early, firm and consistent training is a must as otherwise they will become the boss. Secure gardens are another must as they can easily go over or under fencing. They are happy to sit by the fire or go for long walks. However, if you want to let them off-lead make sure that you do so in a secure area and not near roads and also that you are confident in your recall training!
Their adaptability and size makes them an ideal breed for today’s modern way of life. Although they are lively, quick, feisty and single minded, of all the smaller terriers they are probably the most level headed.
A wiry coat, black and tan in colour which needs regular daily grooming plus hand trimming or clipping every few months.
Welsh Terriers are generally one of the healthiest breeds. Skin irritation/allergies (e.g. Eczema) can become a problem but regular grooming and correct diet should help to avoid this.