Welsh Terrier

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Welsh Terrier History

The Welsh Terrier is a breed of small terrier. The Welsh Terrier originated in Wales, where it was used as a farm and hunter dog. The Welsh Terrier was recognized by the Kennel Club in 1935. The origin of the name “Welsh” in the name “Welsh Terrier” is unclear. Some theories suggest that the name was derived either from “the land of the Britons” or from the fact that many early breeders were from Wales. Other sources suggest the name is a corruption of “The Wolf”, referring to the “Teddy Bear” appearance of the dogs, or from the Welsh word “Cymru” meaning “country” or “homeland”.

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Black and Tan Terrier

Welsh Terrier Physical Characteristics

The Welsh Terrier is a small, medium-to-large-sized breed that typically stands between 14 and 16 inches at the shoulders and weighs between 20 and 40 pounds. They have a long, thick, and wiry body with a flat skull, bushy eyebrows, and a triangular shaped head. The ears are erect, hanging, and stand upright when the dog is alert. Their muzzle is pointed and they have a long tail that curls over their back. They have a flat, short, and coarse double-coat that is red, white, or any combination of these colors. They are a determined, headstrong, and clever dog that is protective and territorial.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 13 – 15 inches

Female Height Range: 12 – 15 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 17 – 22 lbs

Female Weight Range: 15 – 20 lbs

Welsh Terrier Health

Description of breed health.


10-14 yrs

Welsh Terrier Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Lens Luxation, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca

Welsh Terrier Temperament and Behaviour

The Welsh Terrier is a lively, determined and intelligent breed of dog. They are independent and stubborn, but are also very loyal and devoted to their owners. They are lively, playful and energetic, and can be very protective of their owners. They get along well with older children, but should be supervised with younger children due to their high level of energy.

Welsh Terrier Activity Requirements

Welsh Terriers are small, compact, and energetic. They were originally bred to hunt badgers and rats, so they do well in homes with small yards, but will need regular walks. Most Welsh Terriers will do well with at least an hour a day of exercise and will enjoy a long run or a game of fetch. If you are looking for a companion who likes to play, the Welsh Terrier may be a good fit for you. While they do like to run, Welsh Terriers are not high-energy dogs. They will do okay in an apartment, but they will need a walk or a play session to keep them healthy. If you live in an apartment, be sure your Welsh Terrier gets enough exercise and attention.

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Daily Food

1.8 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Welsh Terrier is part of the Terrier group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Welsh Terrier is part of the Terrier group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Welsh Terrier is part of the Terrier group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Welsh Terrier is part of the Terrier group.

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