The Welsh Terrier is an alert and playful breed. They are outgoing, good with children and require average grooming, making them a good family pet.
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Finding a Welsh Terrier
- Medium-size, compact build
- Small dark eyes, black nose
- V-shaped ears fold forward
- Distinctive beard
- Coat: Wiry dense hair with soft undercoat; color is a deep red with a black saddle over the back
- Height: 14-15.5 inches
- Weight: 20-22 pounds
- Average lifespan: 14 years
- Affectionate, energetic, smart, curious, devoted, spirited, robust, stubborn
- Interaction with people: Good with children
- Interaction with animals: Good with other dogs when well socialized
- Training: Working terrier breed - enjoys mental tasks
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Adaptable to any living environment
- Must have adequate exercise - daily walks and lots of playtime
- Low shedder
- Needs coat plucked throughout the year or regular trimming by a professional
- Needs brushing and combing several times a week
- All puppies are born black
- Also known as the "Old English Terrier" or "Black-and-Tan Wirehaired Terrier"
- A Welsh named "Charlie" was the childhood pet of Caroline Kennedy
- Originated in the 1700s in Great Britain
- Originally used to hunt rats, otter, fox and badger
- Most likely descended from the now extinct Old English broken black and tan terrier
- Brought to the U.S. in the late 1800s