Welsh Terrier


A small Welsh Terrier
Welsh Terrier Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)14-16in (35-41cm)
Weight19-21lbs (8.5-9.5kg)
Hair Colour(s)Black, tan
Lifespan12-15 years
Energy Level
Litter size3-6
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingLow
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if leftMedium

The Welsh Terrier is a compact and rugged dog. The body is short with well-sprung ribs, straight muscular legs, arched loins and and an erect, docked tail. The head is flat with a long and square muzzle, a distinctive beard, small dark eyes and small forward-folded ears. The coat is close and wiry, and the colouring tends to be black and tan or black, grizzle and tan.


Welsh Terriers are friendly and affectionate dogs with spirited and outgoing personalities. Enthusiastic yet calm, they make loyal companions and great family pets, especially for active people. These playful dogs are active and energetic and require a fair amount of exercise. They should be socialised early to promote stability and reduce tendencies towards timidness and shyness, and this breed tends to love to bark and dig. These eager dogs are intelligent and learn quickly, but they can also be very independent and manipulative, which can make training something of a challenge. Owners need to be confidence and assertive, and so these dogs are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training, rather than novices. Welsh Terriers get along well with older, more considerate children, but are not suited to smaller kids because they do not tolerate rough handling. They can be accepting of other dogs but are not afraid to initiate a challenge, and they may tend to chase smaller animals unless properly socialised with them. Welsh Terriers can be very protective of their food and belongings, and slightly territorial. And as they tend to be cautious around strangers, they make effective watchdogs.

History & Skills

Welsh Terriers originate from Wales, as indicated by their name, and were bred to hunt foxes, otters and badgers. As well as being excellent hunters, they also make good companions and family pets, as well as watchdogs.

Breed Specific Ailments

Welsh Terriers tend to live between 12-15 years, and some of the health concerns noted in this breed include glaucoma, cataracts, lens luxation, luxating patella, seizures, allergies, and thyroid problems.


Welsh Terriers are low shedders and so are suitable for those with allergies. Their grooming requirements are reasonable, and the coat will need brushing around a couple of times a week to remove dead hairs and keep it looking its best. The beard may need cleaning on a daily basis, and the hair around the bottom area will need to be kept trimmed, both for hygiene reasons. The coat itself can be trimmed every few months or so, and for show dogs stripping of the dead coat will be required. They should be bathed only when necessary.

Exercise & Environment

Welsh Terriers tend to live indoors and are suitable for both urban and rural living. These active dogs will need a daily walk plus an outside area, such as a yard or garden, in which to play and exercise. These areas must be secure too, because these inquisitive dogs like to dig and have been known to climb or jump fences.


FCIFCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
KCThe Kennel Club (UK)
AKCAKC - American Kennel Club

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