|Area of Origin:
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||Otter, fox, badger,
and rat hunting
Welsh Terrier was originally developed in Wales to hunt otter,
fox and badger in their dens and also to hunt with hounds in
packs. The breed was probably an offshoot of the old British
Black & Tan Terrier, and one of only two terrier breeds
native to Wales. For sometime it had existed as the old Reddish-Black
Wirehaired Terrier. Today's Welsh Terrier is primarily a companion
dog, but still retains his hunting ability. Some of the Welsh
Terriers talents include: hunting, tracking, watchdogging,
agility, and performing tricks.
curious and playful dog is also intelligent and affectionate.
Welsh Terriers are patient and do well with children. They enjoy
swimming, playing and digging. Happy and spunky, Welsh Terriers
do best with a young active family whose activities matches
its level of activeness.
Welsh Terrier needs a moderate walk on leash every day or an
invigorating play session. If allowed to run off leash, it should
be in a safe area because it tends to hunt. The Welsh can live
happily outdoors during nice weather, but it should sleep inside
in cold weather. It does best when allowed access to house and
yard. Its wiry jacket needs combing two to three times weekly,
plus shaping every three months. Shaping for pets is by clipping,
and for show dogs is by stripping. The ears of puppies may need
to be trained in order to ensure proper adult shape.
Official Breed Standard
The Welsh Terrier is of a gay, volatile disposition
and is rarely of a shy nature. He is affectionate, obedient and
easily controlled, thus making him an eminently suitable dog for
town life. His size and colour render him ideal as a house dog,
as the former point is in his favour where accommodation is limited,
whilst the latter feature precludes the necessity for frequent washing
as in the case of a white terrier. He is game and fearless, but
definitely not of a pugnacious disposition, although at all times
able to hold his own when necessary. He is ideally constituted to
be a perfect town or country companion. Welsh Terriers are normally
hardy and of robust constitution and need no pampering, whilst as
working terriers they are second to none, being easily trained to
all sorts of game and vermin to work with gun or ferrets and are
generally found to be capital water dogs.
Head and Skull:
The skull should be flat and rather wider
between the ears than the Wire-Haired Fox Terrier. The jaw should
be powerful, clean cut, rather deeper and more punishing - giving
the head a more masculine appearance than that usually seen on a
Fox Terrier. Stop not too defined, fair length from stop to end
of nose, the latter being of a black colour.
Should be small, well set in, of a dark colour,
expressive and indicating abundant keenness. A round full eye is
Should be V-shaped, small, not too thin,
set on fairly high, carried forward and close to the cheek.
Should be level with strong teeth.
The neck should be of moderate length and
thickness, slightly arched and sloping gracefully into the shoulders.
The shoulders should be long, sloping and
well set back. The legs should be straight and muscular, possessing
ample bone, with upright and powerful pasterns.
The back should be short and well-ribbed
up, the loin strong, good depth and moderate width of chest.
Should be strong, thighs muscular and of
good length, with the hocks well bent, well let down and with ample
The feet should be small, round and cat-like.
The tail should be well set on, but not too
Should be wiry, hard, very close and abundant.
A single coat is undesirable.
The colour should be black and tan for preference,
or black grizzle and tan, free from black pencilling on toes. Black
below the hocks is a fault.
Weight and Size:
The height at shoulder should not exceed
39.3 cm (15.5 in), 9 to 9.5 kg (20 to 21 lb) shall be considered
a fair average weight in working condition.
A white, cherry or spotted nose. Prick, tulip
or rose ears. An appreciable amount of black below the hocks.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.