Welsh Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Welsh Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginWales flagWales
Other Names
What other names does the Welsh Terrier have?
Welshie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Welsh Terrier Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Welsh Terrier 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?
$800-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Welsh Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Welsh Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Welsh Terrier gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Welsh Terrier?
Frequent: The Welsh Terrier is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Welsh Terrier Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Welsh Terrier weigh? Welsh Terrier weight:
Male: 18-23 pounds (8-10 kg), Female: 18-23 pounds (8-10 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Welsh Terrier? Welsh Terrier average weight:
Male: 20.5 pounds (9 kg), Female: 20.5 pounds (9 kg)
Height
How tall is the Welsh Terrier? Welsh Terrier height:
Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Welsh Terrier average height:
Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Welsh Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Welsh Terrier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
WirySoftWaterproof
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Welsh Terrier's coat?
TanGrizzle Black
Grooming
How to groom the Welsh Terrier and how often?
Advanced: The Welsh Terrier requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Welsh Terrier a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Welsh Terrier, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Welsh Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Welshie?
Welsh Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Welsh Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Welsh Terrier need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Welsh Terrier every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Welsh Terrier Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Welsh Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertIntelligentIndependentFriendlySpiritedLoving
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Welsh Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Welsh Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Welsh Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Welsh Terrier is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Welsh Terrier sensitivity:
Welsh Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Welsh Terriers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Welshie need? Welsh Terrier social needs:
Welsh Terriers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Welsh Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Welshie bark?
A lot: Welsh Terrier is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice. The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.
Watchdog Ability
Is Welsh Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Welsh Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Welsh Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Welsh Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Welsh Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Welsh Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Welsh Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Welshie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Welsh Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Welsh Terrier 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Welsh Terrier has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Welsh Terrier bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Welsh Terrier do?
Welsh Terriers have a 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 Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Welsh Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Welsh Terrier roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Welsh Terrier 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 Terrier have high prey drive?
Welsh Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Welsh Terrier dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Welsh Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Welsh Terrier breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Welsh Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Welsh Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Welsh Terrier temperament with other people:
Welsh Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Welsh Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Welsh Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Welsh Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Welsh Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Welsh Terrier temperament with children:
Welsh Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Welsh Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Welsh Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Welsh Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Welsh Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Welsh Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Welsh Terrier is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Welsh Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Welsh Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Welsh Terriers good office dogs? Do Welsh Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Welsh Terriers be office dogs?
No
Welsh Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Welsh Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Welshie temperament with senior people? Are Welsh Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Welsh Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Welsh Terrier Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Welsh Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Welsh Terriers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Welsh Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Welsh Terrier breed? Most common health risks of Welsh Terrier:
Skin Irritation
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Welsh Terrier breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Welsh Terrier see the vet?
Frequent
The Welsh Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Welsh Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Welsh Terrier be? What is the age limit of the Welsh Terrier? How many years can the oldest Welsh Terrier live?
10-14 years
The average lifespan of Welsh Terrier: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Welsh Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Welsh Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize 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 Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Welsh Terrier?
Welsh Terriers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Welsh Terrier dogs require per day?
Welsh Terriers 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 Terriers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Welsh Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Welsh Terrier risk for obesity:
Average: The Welsh Terrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. 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 gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Welsh Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Welsh Terrier 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 Terrier drool?
The Welsh Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Welsh Terrier 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 minimum compared to others, just like the Welsh Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Welsh Terrier As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Welsh Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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 Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Welsh Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Welsh Terrier be an emotional support animal?

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 Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Welsh Terrier be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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 Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Welsh Terrier be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Welsh Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Welsh Terrier be a boat dog?

Not really

Welsh Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Welsh Terrier 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 Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Welsh Terrier dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Welsh Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Welsh Terrier: 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 female 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 female’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.
Litter Frequency

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 Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Welsh Terrier Recognition

AKC Group
Is Welsh Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is Welsh Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Welsh Terrier breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Welsh Terrier Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Welsh Terriers are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Welsh Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Welsh Terrier breed.
  • Shedding Level: Welsh Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Welsh Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Mouthiness: Welsh Terriers have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Welsh Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Welsh Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Welsh Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Welsh Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Welsh Terriers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Welsh Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Welsh Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Welsh Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Welsh Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Welsh Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Welsh Terrier History

The Welsh Terrier’s history is quite unclear, for the reason that most of the Terrier breeds came to life in the same period of time, around the turn of the 18th century. The breed finds its origins in the remote mountainous regions of Northern Wales. Initially, as other Terrier breeds, the Welsh Terrier was also bred for the purpose of hunting and controlling the vermin population around farms.

According to experts, the breed is a direct descendant of the now-extinct Black-and-Tan Terrier. Other modern Terrier breeds, like the Manchester Terrier, the Border Terrier, and the Lakeland Terrier are also considered to be derived from the Black-and-Tan Terrier. Initially, these descendant breeds were very similar, but as they evolved, due to the different breeding programs, they drifted apart quite slightly. These early breeding practices involved a lot of interbreeding and also cross-breeding which led to difficulties in determining the Welsh Terrier’s true origins. In order to distinguish the Welsh Terrier from the other breeds, breeders started to pay attention in order to enhance the breed’s hunting capabilities. The dogs were developed and used to hunt for foxes, badgers, and otters, going into their dens after they had been driven to the ground by the hound packs. With the intention of pursuing the prey, the dogs had to follow the animals in narrow confines in the dark and had to be tenacious enough to fight them to death when necessary. Consequently, breeders managed to create a breed that is brave, stoic, independent-minded, aggressive, and even oblivious to pain, on-demand. Moreover, the Welshmen who created the Welsh Terrier sought after a dog that could be trusted with their families, children, and livestock. This rigorous and severe requirement system resulted in the production of a breed with unique physical and behavioral traits.

The breed was commonly categorized as an Old English Terrier. It was not until 1885, that the Welsh Terrier was recognized as a separate breed by the Kennel Club of England. Later, in 1888 the breed got imported to the United States of America, where it instantly found its fanciers. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Welsh Terrier’s popularity began to grow, for the reason that the dogs were shown in rings.

Their popularity has been persisted to today, the breed constantly scores well at the major dog shows. The breed also got a major popularity boost, when famous people were acquiring them as pets, including the US President, John F. Kennedy, who owned a specimen named Charlie, while also Prime Minister, Clement Attlee was also devoted to the breed. King Edward VIII was also fond of the Welsh Terrier, and he owned one named Gwen who was well-known throughout Britain. In their native lands, the breed is still used as a sporting dog. Nowadays, as most of the Terrier breeds, the Welsh Terrier is kept as a loyal, fun, and loving family companion around the whole world. Yet, the Kennel Club considers the breed to be at risk, due to the fact that low numbers are being registered each year. The Welsh Terrier is also a good and frequent choice in creating hybrid dogs, because of their excellent characteristics. This also endangers the breed’s integrity and consistency.

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  • JJ3

    Oct 27, 2020, 8:52:30 AM:

    Funniest and smartest dog I’ve owned. Loves hugs and affection and super cute