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Welsh Terrier

Group: Terriers (Group 2)
Club: Sporting Terrier Club of Victoria Inc (Group 2)
Contact: Kerry Hellsten
Phone: 0432 764 470

About the Welsh Terrier


Background Originating in Wales, this black and tan terrier is recorded in early history and poetry. In the 18th century small terriers such as Welsh Terriers were carried in small saddle bags in front of the horse rider to be put on the ground when the hounds had run the fox to earth. The terrier’s job was to enter the den and bolt the fox. The function of the Welsh, common to all terriers is that of an "earth stopper", or dog that will go to ground or into caves after game. Welsh Terriers have a surprisingly good ability to scent game or small vermin and have strength, courage and stamina. At first glance, the Welsh Terrier might be mistaken for a black and tan wire fox terrier or miniature Airedale, but they are neither of these breeds.

Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that Welsh Terriers live up to 10-15 years of age.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament On seeing a Welsh Terrier for the first time one is immediately attracted by its keen, intelligent expression. They are curious, playful, spontaneous, energetic and easily trained. The Welsh Terrier is a natural born clown and loves the centre of attention. Positive reinforcement winning their attention during early training is most effective. It is an even-tempered stable breed with an independent nature and a loving personality.

Compatibility with other pets As a companion dog the Welsh Terrier should be familiarised with other household pets at an early age; it will then live happily, reliably and in harmony. Cats, birds, guinea pigs and such may be a problem if they are nervous and the dog gives chase. The Welsh Terrier can have a dominant nature and likes to be "top dog" that may lead to a conflict with adult dogs of same sex, with the same dominant instinct.

Care Requirements Maintenance of rough coated terriers means regular brushing through the double coat that is made of soft, dense, undercoat and harder outer wiry hair. Pet care requires clipping at least three times a year with scissoring between clips will help keep the tailored appearance, especially around feet, under arms and vent area. Left to grow naturally the "teddy-bear" look is appealing until the hair becomes matted. Hand strip for dog shows and clipping for pets is most suitable.  This small energetic dog requires daily exercise to keep in good condition and makes for a happy dog.

Please Take Note Welsh Terriers have a natural hunting instinct and cat like curiosity. This may mean their fearless nature can lead them to investigate an unusual noise under a pile of wood or tin. If it is just vermin they will rid you of it but if it is a snake it could be fatal. They can get excited by the scents left by possum, wombat or fox and are better walked on a long lead to ensure one has control.  Repetitive obedience exercises can be boring and variation is highly preferred when training. Agility could be a good progression for a keen Welsh Terrier.

Ideal Owner/s Welsh Terriers make excellent companions but are not the right dog for everyone. Owners should be up to the challenge of showing who is in charge for up to two years training a puppy. Small children can often compete for the same things, therefore supervision is most important. Perhaps older family situations are ideally suitable.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Welsh Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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