The Welsh Terrier was originally bred in Wales for hunting otter, fox and badger.
Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier
Old English Terrier
Body: Short, straight, level back, deep chest, well-developed ribs, well laid back shoulders, well-muscled hindquarters.
Coat: Short, wiry, abundant top coat, soft undercoat.
Color: Black and tan, grey, black grizzle, or tan.
Ears: Small, high set, v-shaped and folded forward.
Eyes: Small, almond-shaped, deep set, wide apart, dark brown, and expressively intelligent.
Feet: Small, round, compact, and cat-like with thick, black pads and strong nails.
Head: Long and rectangular with a broad, flat skull, slight stop, very powerful jaws, rectangular muzzle, black nose and full beard.
Legs: Forelegs are straight and powerful and set into long, sloping shoulders. Hindquarters are well-muscled and strong with long thighs, and well let down, angled hocks.
Neck: Long, moderately thick, and slightly arched.
Weight: 20 – 22 pounds
Height: 14 – 15 inches
Tail: High set and docked.
Recommended for experienced dog handlers
Can be aggressive towards other dogs
Will consider cats and other small animals as prey
Good with children but toddlers should be supervised
Believed to be a descendant of the now extinct English Black and Tan Terrier, the Welsh Terrier is one of the oldest breeds with a physical resemblance to the Airedale Terrier. Though more laid back, well-mannered, and easier to handle than some terriers, he still has highly driven terrier instincts and will chase any animal in his path.
AKC Standard says, “The Welsh Terrier is a game dog-alert, aware, spirited-but at the same time, is friendly and shows self control. Intelligence and desire to please are evident in his attitude.”
He is recommended for an experienced dog handler who can control his independent, “why should I” attitude. Though he isn’t difficult to train he will want to know just what it is he will be getting in return for following your commands. Early obedience training, strong but controlled leadership, and an owner who loves outdoor activities will quickly gain his loyalty. Training should always be upbeat and positive, include reward-type treats, and offer encouragement for a job well done.
AKC Group: Terrier Group
Used with hound dogs in Wales for hunting otter, fox, and badgers.
Care and Grooming
Exercise: He is an active dog who needs vigorous daily walks and playtime in the yard.
Grooming: Brush every two to three days. His coat should be trimmed every three to four months but not cut.
Some owners will have the coat stripped (pulling out the dead hairs) by a professional groomer two to three times yearly.
Life Expectancy: 14 – 15 Years
Epilepsy Glaucoma Skin Allergies Hydrothyroidism – a deficiency of thyroid hormones. For more information you can visit The Welsh Terrier Club of America.
CERF – for the eyes
Country of Origin
United Kingdom (Wales) – 1700s