Breeds 101

Welsh Terrier


The Welsh Terrier was originated in north Wales in the 1760’s; The old paintings and prints of the first known terriers telling us that the Welsh Terrier is a very old breed; This dog is probably the direct descendent of the previously common but now-extinct black-and-tan Old English Broken-haired Terrier.

Developed in Wales, the Welsh Terrier was bred for its hunting abilities, particularly with badger, fox and otter; The dogs would go down into the dens to drive out the prey for the hunter and would commonly be taken out with packs of hounds.

This lively and stubborn terrier thrives on mental and physical activity. Some of the Welsh Terrier’s talents include: hunting, tracking, watchdog, agility and performing tricks.

More popular in North America than in Great Britain, the Welsh terrier is a compact dog, suitable as a companion but still exceedingly effective as a rural vermin catcher. Coming from a working background, the Welsh Terrier is not very difficult to obedience train, but it does not back down from dog fights; During the last century the Welsh Terrier mainly been bred for showing.

Sturdy, compact, and rugged, with a tight-fitting black-and-tan coat and rectangular head featuring folded ears and jaunty beard, Wels Terriers are constructed along the classic lines of Britain’s long-legged-terriers.


Small: 15 inches, 20 to 22 pounds.


Black and Tan and Grizzle with a black jacket marking over the back


Alert, vigilant, active, cheerful, affectionate and intelligent; loving, devoted, playful; it is usually patient with children; curious, courageous, hardy, energetic.

Energy level:


Best owners:

Active and patient owner.


It needs to be taken for a daily walk or jog; it is always ready to play with a ball and run and gambol off the leash in the open countryside; they will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised; they are very active indoors and a small yard is sufficient; Needs to have its coat plucked two, three or more times a year, depending upon the condition of the coat; it requires grooming with a brush and comb a number of times each week.

Life Expectancy:

About 10 to 12 years.