Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier History/Evolution:

The Welsh Terrier originated in Wales in the 1700s, one of only two Terriers native to that country. The compact breed was renowned for its gameness and hunted otter, fox, and badger. Little has changed about the Welsh Terrier in appearance and spirit, and owners of today’s Welsh Terriers need to be mindful of the breed’s tendency to take off and chase. The breed was first brought to the United States in 1888.


Welsh Terrier Size:

Medium; 15 to 151/2 inches, 20 to 25 pounds.

Welsh Terrier Color:

Black and tan.

Welsh Terrier Temperament:

Spirited, alert, friendly, and mischievous; will create own fun if not provided with outlets. Good with considerate children, but not as much with strangers and other pets (cats beware!). Tends to dig and bark.

Welsh Terrier Energy level:

Medium to high.

Welsh Terrier Best owner:

Active family, including a “master” with training experience.

Welsh Terrier Needs:

Daily walk or play session, leash, fenced yard, obedience training and socialization, patient housetraining, combing two to three times a week plus shaping every three months.

Welsh Terrier Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.