Welsh Sheepdog Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Welsh Sheepdog so you can get to know the breed more.
|Group||Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)|
Other Names |
What other names does the Welsh Sheepdog have? The dog breed also known as...
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group |
Is Welsh Sheepdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is Welsh Sheepdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Not recognized by FCI.|
How much does the Welsh Sheepdog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Welsh Sheepdog price:
Unfortunately, we couldn't find the price of the Welsh Sheepdog. If you have a Welsh Sheepdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Welsh Sheepdog gets to a happy place.
The Welsh Sheepdog’s history is surrounded by mystery. The breed was mentioned as early as the 1300s in Welsh manuscripts honoring the dogs’ dedication to work with sheep and cattle all day around the farms. It is presumable that the breed is originated from Wales, yet the exact place of the breed’s creation and further development is for the most part, unknown.
The British agricultural revolution happened at the beginning of the 1800s, which significantly contributed to the changes of roles and purposes of the Welsh Sheepdog. As the farming techniques changed, the dogs had to work as a drover’s dog, driving and herding the cattle and sheep over great distances, occasionally hundreds of kilometers, in order to reach the English trading markets, where the animals were sold and bought. Well-known tales about these early Welsh Sheepdogs mentioned the capability of a few men and their dogs to move over 300 or more cattle at a time. Due to the great number of animals, which were moved as one herd, the droving dogs had to be vigilant and able to work with or without any direction, individually or in packs, mostly far removed from their owners. The Welsh Sheepdog was perfect for this job. Moreover, the breed is considered to be loose-eyed, which means the dogs’ gaze wanders over the whole environment around them, rather than having a fixed eye, focusing on a single element in their surroundings. That is why, most sheep owners actually preferred the breed over the more popular and convenient Border Collie, which only focused on one animal with great intensity during work.
According to some experts, the early Sheepdog were the ancestors of today’s Welsh Sheepdog. At the beginning of the 1900s, breeders started to compete against each other by measuring their dogs’ overall capabilities. Consequently, breeders started to monitor more closely the breeding process and they focused on evolving and perfecting the Welsh Sheepdog’s traits. Due to the ever-changing agricultural practices and modernization, herding breeds experienced a decrease, and by the 1940s, only three breeds indigenous to Wales remained. Fortunately, the breed did not experience drastic decline, it was still considered to be common in the North and Central parts of Wales counties.
The Welsh Sheepdog Society was founded in 1997, with the intention of preserving and promoting the Welsh Sheepdog further in its original working environment. However, the number of farms and droving declined, and the farming practices changed, led to the decrease in the Welsh Sheepdog’s population. The immense popularity of the Broder Collie and their excellence in dog shows and in sheepdog trials also contributed to the breed’s decline. Because of the fact that the breed was almost exclusively kept as a working dog, very minimal effort was made in order to standardize the breed’s physical characteristics. Despite the Welsh Sheepdog’s old history, none of the major kennel clubs recognized them as a purebred distinct breed, which also, did not help the breed’s overall situation.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Welsh Sheepdog size:
How much does the Welsh Sheepdog weigh? Welsh Sheepdog weight:
|Male: 15-35 pounds (7-16 kg), Female: 13-33 pounds (6-15 kg)|
Avg. Weight |
What is the average weight of the Welsh Sheepdog? Welsh Sheepdog average weight:
|Male: 25 pounds (11.5 kg), Female: 23 pounds (10.5 kg)|
How tall is the Welsh Sheepdog? Welsh Sheepdog height:
|Male: 16-19 inches (41-47 cm), Female : 14-17 inches (38-44 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? Welsh Sheepdog average height:
|Male: 17.5 inches (44 cm), Female : 15.5 inches (41 cm)|
What type of coat does the Welsh Sheepdog have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Welsh Sheepdog's coat?
How to groom the Welsh Sheepdog and how often?
Effortless: The Welsh Sheepdog requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Welsh Sheepdog is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level |
How much do Welsh Sheepdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Welsh Collie? Welsh Sheepdog shedding level:
Welsh Sheepdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
What kind of personality does the Welsh Sheepdog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Welsh Sheepdog? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Welsh Sheepdog is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Are Welsh Sheepdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Welsh Sheepdogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
How playful is this breed?
The Welsh Sheepdog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Welsh Sheepdog sensitivity:
Welsh Sheepdogs are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, noisy or office environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they?
Welsh Sheepdogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Welsh Collie need? Welsh Sheepdog social needs:
Welsh Sheepdogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Welsh Sheepdog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Welsh Collie bark?
Average: The Welsh Sheepdog barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Welsh Sheepdog good as a watchdog?
Welsh Sheepdogs are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Do Welsh Sheepdog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Welsh Sheepdogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential |
Do Welsh Sheepdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Welsh Collie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Welsh Sheepdog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Welsh Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Welsh Sheepdog do?
Welsh Sheepdogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Welsh Sheepdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Welsh Sheepdog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Welsh Sheepdog roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Welsh Sheepdog is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Welsh Sheepdog have high prey drive?
Welsh Sheepdogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Welsh Sheepdogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Welsh Sheepdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Welsh Sheepdogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Welsh Sheepdogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Welsh Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog |
Where Welsh Sheepdog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
|Not really |
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they friendly with strangers?
Welsh Sheepdogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly |
Are Welsh Sheepdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Welsh Sheepdog and children:
Welsh Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Welsh Sheepdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Welsh Sheepdogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is Welsh Sheepdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Welsh Sheepdog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Welsh Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Welsh Sheepdog can be a great choice.
Office Friendly |
Are Welsh Sheepdogs good office dogs? Do Welsh Sheepdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Welsh Sheepdogs be office dogs?
Welsh Sheepdog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Welsh Sheepdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Welsh Collie temperament with senior people? Are Welsh Sheepdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Welsh Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Welsh Sheepdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Welsh Sheepdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Welsh Sheepdogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Welsh Sheepdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Welsh Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Welsh Sheepdog be a service dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Welsh Sheepdog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Welsh Sheepdog be a therapy dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Welsh Sheepdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Welsh Sheepdog be a sniffer dog?
|Not really |
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Welsh Sheepdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Welsh Sheepdog be a search and rescue dog?
|Not really |
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Welsh Sheepdog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Welsh Sheepdog be a boat dog?
|Not really |
Welsh Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Welsh Sheepdog be a drafting dog?
|Not really |
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Welsh Sheepdog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy breed? Do Welsh Sheepdog dogs have health problems?
Welsh Sheepdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy |
How long do Welsh Sheepdog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Welsh Sheepdog be?
Is the Welsh Sheepdog breed hypoallergenic?
Welsh Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Welsh Sheepdog have?
Welsh Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need |
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Welsh Sheepdog dogs require per day?
Welsh Sheepdogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does this fido need?
Welsh Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption |
How much food does the Welsh Sheepdog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Welsh Sheepdog risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Welsh Sheepdog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Welsh Sheepdog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
|Prefers average to cold weather conditions|
The Welsh Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Welsh Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency |
Does the Welsh Sheepdog drool?
The Welsh Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Welsh Sheepdog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Welsh Sheepdog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Welsh Sheepdog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Welsh Sheepdog pregnancy time period:
Reproductive cycle of the female Welsh Sheepdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
|How often can the Welsh Sheepdog have a litter?||Once a year.|
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Welsh Sheepdog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
Pros & Cons of Welsh Sheepdog
- Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Welsh Sheepdog is an excellent dog breed.
- Trainability: Welsh Sheepdogs are very easy to train.
- Grooming: Effortless: The Welsh Sheepdog requires minimal grooming.
- Drooling tendency: The Welsh Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
- Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
- Mouthiness: Welsh Sheepdogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
- Adaptability: Welsh Sheepdogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
- Child Friendly: Welsh Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
- Dog Friendly: Welsh Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
- Office Friendly: Welsh Sheepdog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Welsh Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
- Good For First Time Owners: Welsh Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
- Health Issues: Welsh Sheepdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
- Hypoallergenic: Welsh Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Watchdog Ability: Welsh Sheepdogs are not the best watchdogs.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Welsh Sheepdog is strong enough to escape from home.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Welsh Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.