Welsh Terrier Puppy

Welsh Terrier

(aka: Old English Terrier)
[Nicknames: Welshie]

Welsh Terrier


Male: 15 - 15.5 inches; 18 - 21 lbs.
Female: 15 inches; 17 - 20 lbs.


Deep tan with black or grizzle jacket.

Living Area

These dogs are calm inside so they do well in an apartment, or ahouse with a yard. They do need plenty of outside exercise, and have plenty of energy when they are outdoors.



Energy Level


Life Span

12 - 14 years

Description | Temperment | Grooming | History | Training | Health Problems

Welsh Terrier Description

The Welsh Terrier is a distinctive looking dog, and is small in size but has a sturdy build. He has a distinctive beard, a long square-set muzzle, and small folded ears. The coat of the Welsh Terrier is close, hard and wiry.

Welsh Terrier Temperment

The Welsh Terrier is an active, playful dog with plenty of enthusiasm for everything he does. Spirited and alert, the Welsh Terrier has an outgoing personality, and is loyal and affectionate. These dogs are intelligent, with a high learning rate and an eagerness to please. However, they are also very independent and can be manipulative, which can make training a challenge. The Welsh Terrier needs an owner with confidence, assertiveness, and some experience in dog ownership and training. He is energetic and requires and fair amount of exercise. Play areas, where he is not on a leash, must be secured and safe, as he does have an inquisitive nature and could easily wander off. Early socialization is recommended with the Welsh Terrier to promote stability, and training should always be firm yet positive.

The Welsh Terrier is a born digger, and also loves the sound of his own voice, so he is not the right choice for those looking for a quiet life. He does make an effective watchdog, and is cautious around strangers. These dogs will be fine around gentle, older children, but do not take to rough handling. They tend to chase smaller animals unless properly socialized with them, and although some can be accepting of other dogs they are not afraid to rise to a challenge. Possessiveness is a trait to look out for with the Welsh Terrier, and some can be very protective of their belongings and food. The Welsh Terrier will make a good pet or companion for a confident owner, with an active lifestyle and time to dedicate to a pet.

Welsh Terrier Grooming

You will need to put a fair amount of work into the grooming of a Welsh Terrier. His coat needs to be brushed a couple of times a week to keep it in good condition. You will need to clean the beard on a daily basis for hygiene reasons, and also keep the hair around his bottom trimmed. Every few months you may want to get the coat clipped or trimmed, and for show dogs stripping of the dead coat will be required. The Welsh Terrier sheds more as a puppy than when he starts to grow up, and once the puppy coat has gone is a low shedder  he could therefore suit those with allergies.

Welsh Terrier History

The word terrier is from the Latin word "terra" meaning "earth." Welsh Terriers originated in Wales around the 1800s. They descended from the Old English Black and Tan terriers that have been in existence in England since the 13th century. The breed has been officially recognized since 1886. Prior to 1900, Welsh Terriers were referred to as Old English Terriers or Black and Tan Rough Haired Terriers.

Welsh Terriers were bred to be hunters of otter, fox and badgers on Welsh farms. To accomplish such tasks, they needed to be compact, brave and natural hunters. Over time, the Welsh bred their own version of the English black and tan, slowly breeding the features that appealed to their needs. They wanted a dog of good bone and muscle, with strong jaws and teeth. In addition, they needed the dog to have strength and stamina, but have a calm enough disposition that it could be trusted with their children or other dogs. Due to the weather, the dog needed a rugged, weather resistant coat. Appearance was less important than function.

Welsh Terrier Training

Welsh Terriers are brave and steady. Early training should include socialization to ensure that they don't become timid of strangers, though this tendency is uncommon. They are calmer than longer legged terriers, so they are typically not destructive dogs. Some can be diggers, so it's important to watch out for this trait and nip it in the bud with training techniques.

Welsh Terriers are very intelligent. They will quickly understand what you want from them, but they are also cunning enough to try and divert you to what they'd like to do. Variety in their activities and consistency in their training will keep them happy and more obedient.

Crate training works well for house breaking a Welsh Terrier. They can be a bit difficult to house train, so confining them to a crate when you are not actively engaged with them is a good idea until they are completely house trained. However, you must also give them regular opportunity to go to the bathroom in the appropriate spot in order for crate training to be successful.

Because Welsh Terriers like to swim, they may dig or splash in their water bowls or put their face completely underwater when drinking.

Some Welsh Terriers make a game out of escaping from their confines, so it's important to have a very secure fence if you plan to leave them outside alone. In spite of their size, many have jumped over fences of six feet tall or more, and like most terriers, they like to dig. Therefore, your fence must be secure at the bottom, too.

Welsh Terriers like to play fetch and retrieve. It's important to teach them which items are their toys and which are not, or you'll find your articles of clothing strewn about the house and yard.

Welsh Terriers are moderately territorial and only occasionally have dominance challenges. When the terrier does present a dominance challenge it will usually be through willful disobedience. For this reason, you should train your Welsh Terrier with a firm hand, and not show timidity toward him. However, physical punishment is not a good way to show dominance over this breed. This dog was bred not to tolerate being attacked by the prey they were hunting, so they are more likely than other breeds to growl or snap at you if you become too physical with them. You'll be far more successful by simply maintaining your place as master through your voice and consistent training. Once you've lost your dominance over a Welsh Terrier, it will be very difficult to win back.

Some Welsh terriers, particularly the females, are barkers, and can often have a nerve wracking, high pitched bark. If you leave your dog alone all day, he or she may have a tendency to bark and annoy the neighbors out of boredom. Train them early and train them consistently and you'll not find a better companion. They are eager to please and love blending into a family. But, like any other terrier, they are active and somewhat stubborn. If you provide regular activity for them and teach them who's master early one, you'll be very happy with your choice in pet.

Welsh Terrier Health Problems

There are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed, and this includes glaucoma, cataracts, lens luxation, luxating patella, seizures, allergies, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Welsh Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.

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