The complete terrier
Original Name : Welsh Terrier
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Welshie
Male size : Never more than 15½ inches
Male weight : 20-21 lbs
Female size : Never more than 15½ inches
Female weight : 20-21 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : United Kingdom
Welsh terriers are affectionate, obedient and easy to control. These naturally cheerful dogs are full of life and rarely timid. Game and fearless, but without a drop of bad blood, they are always able to hold their own whatever the circumstances.
Flat skull of moderate width between the ears, not well defined stop.
Short back, strong loins, deep chest of moderate width.
Black and tan preferred, black grizzle and tan without black penciling on the toes.
V shaped, small, leathers not too thin, set fairly high, carried forward and against the cheeks.
Well set on, carried erect but not curled over the back.
Wiry, hard, very close, abundant.
In their homeland, Welshies are regarded as members of one of the oldest terrier breeds. These working dogs have great potential in many different disciplines, including hunting, retrieving and of course turning badgers out of their lair. They do require a firm hand in the home, as they like to lord it over others if given half a chance.Often confused with Airedales and even black and tan Fox Terriers, Welshies are more strapping than either. They are the very embodiment of the word “cobby” – short-bodied, square-shaped, muscular and powerful. They are generally made for a working life, although some Welsh Terriers do experience the whirl of the show rings.
Did you know ?
Welsh Terriers were once used to hunt badgers, which explains their hardiness, but they are no strangers to comfort, either. British prime minister Clement Attlee had one when he was in office after WWII. Not forgetting Charlie, who was one of JFK’s four-legged companions.