Welsh Terrier Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier



The Welsh Terrier is a rather old breed, originally from Wales. He was bred for the purpose of hunting, but nowadays he is so much more than that. He is a wonderful companion, a keen watchdog and a sporting dog. This breed is intelligent, rather cheerful and enthusiastic. The Welsh Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888.

Height: 13-15 inches  Weight: 15-20 pounds  Lifespan: 13-15 years


The Welsh Terrier looks like a small Airedale. This dog is sturdy, tough and dynamic. Welsh Terriers are compactly built, swift dogs of medium size. This breed has a good sense of humor and he loves children. Comparable Breed: Airedale Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier.


The Welsh Terrier is a loving and loyal dog breed. They are energetic, very curious and playful. Due to its hunting pedigree, this breed is hardy and brave. Some of these dogs are aggressive toward other pets, but in general, Welsh Terriers are a bit calmer than other varieties of terriers. Dogs of this breed love to swim and some have strong digging urges. They are very playful and sometimes can be quite mischievous.

Coat / Care:

The Welsh Terrier`s coat is very short and dense, with a stiff hair which has a wooly texture. The hair should always be close-fitting to the body. The most common colors for the Welshie are black with tan and grizzle with a tan. The coat has no markings. Terriers require combing two or three times a week regular. Regular bathing is a necessity, or you can wipe your pet with a damp cloth.

Health Problems:

The Welsh Terrier is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Hypothyroidism, Glaucoma, Epilepsy. The breed is also susceptible to allergies and seizures. The Welsh Terrier has a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.

Weight / Height

The male Welsh Terrier dog breed’s height is around 14 – 15 inches and weighs around 18 and 20 pounds. Female Welsh Terrier dogs can reach a size from 13 – 14 inches and weighs between 15 and 18 pounds.


The vigorous Welsh Terrier must constantly train. It is necessary to treat him kindly, but firmly, and most importantly to be consistent in training. With proper training mode, the Welsh Terrier will become obedient and agile.


The Welsh Terrier is very energetic breed. This dog loves to run around, so he is ideal for a small fenced yard. However, Terriers can bear living in an apartment, provided that they exercise enough. During good weather, the Welshie is happy to live outdoors, but in cold weather he should sleep indoors.

Welsh Terrier

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