The Welsh Terrier looks like a miniature Airedale Terrier. The head is rectangular in shape. The eyebrows are bushy, The muzzle has a mustache and beard. The teeth may meet in a scissors or level bite. The eyes are small, dark brown and almond shaped. The ears are V-shaped and fold forward. The front legs are straight and the paws are small and cat-like. The topline is level. The tail is customarily docked in the U.S. The double coat features a soft undercoat and a wiry outer coat. The coat color is black and tan with a black saddle. Puppies are born all black and everything but the saddle lightens as they mature.
The Welsh Terrier was originally called the Black and Tan Wire-Haired Terrier, or the Old English Terrier. This breed originated in Wales where it was used for hunting badgers, foxes and otters. They would hunt with a pack of hounds by driving the prey from their dens. The breed was first shown in England in 1884 and was brought to America in 1888.
The Welsh Terrier has the usual happy, lively, busy personality of a Terrier, which can also include a stubborn streak. They are generally friendly with people and dogs. This breed can do equally well in the city or the country when given adequate exercise. Training this dog can be a bit of a challenge that requires consistent reinforcement from a calm, confident leader. They can be difficult to housebreak. The Welsh Terrier is a devoted and hardy dog plays well with children. Socialize well and early with a wide range of people and social settings. May get into mischief if not properly exercised daily.
Breed Club Links: Welsh Terrier Club of America
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