Welsh terriers were originally bred to hunt birds, foxes and badgers. However, this native breed of Wales soon rose to become a show dog. Breeders attempted to outdo each other by developing the Welsh terrier dogs’ wiry coats and coloration.
It is believed that the Welsh Terrier originates from the Old English Black and Tan Terrier. In fact, until 1900, the Welsh Terrier was called the “Old English Terrier” or the “Black and Tan Rough-Haired Terrier”. As the latter name implies, this terrier is black and tan in color.
People often take a Welsh terrier as a pet because it is one of the most mild-mannered of the terriers, but extremely intelligent and feisty as well.
Affectionately called the “Welshie”, this terrier breed has a a typical brick-shaped face, like the Airedale and the Schnauzer. It needs exercise and much mental stimulation in order to continue to be agreeable. With an idle mind, Welshies will figure out a way to get into mischief.
Although they are mild-mannered, even the most die-hard terrier fan can have fun with this breed because the Welsh terrier loves to play, and is a great companion dog because of this fact.
It is important to socialize the dog at an early age as this will help the dog be friendlier towards humans and other animals. It is a great terrier for children, but children should be supervised that they are not too aggressive toward this small terrier, as they could injure the dog. They love children and will gladly follow them around while they play.
The Welsh terrier can be trained in a number of different ways. An owner should be gentle with the dog, but still firm so as to make sure the dog knows who is in charge. This is a very agile breed, and loves to play and perform for their owners. Try a frisbee with them…they’ll love it!
A Welsh terrier’s hair should be brushed at least once a week in order to remove dead or loose hair, and will encourage a healthy coat. Although regular bathing is not really required, it is advisable that you wipe off dust and dirt from your dog regularly using a damp washcloth.
Because this is a terrier, it is advisable that a Welsh terrier be kept in a fenced in yard, as they will wander and explore, especially if they see other dogs, cats, birds or squirrels, even if they see dry leaves rustling in the wind. Protect them from danger, and yourself from heartache if something should happen while they are off exploring.
However, don’t leave them alone for too long in a fenced yard because they will become bored, and start digging under the fence or pulling out plants, chasing bees or mice, and have even been known to scale fences and escape.
Welsh terriers are known for their awesome jumping ability, mostly due to their longish legs.
A healthy Welshie will live about 15 yrs, and there are no known defects of this breed.
Knowing more about your pet will help you have a closer relationship with your terrier.
I hope you enjoyed today’s installment of Terrier Lover. Until next time…
Love Your Terrier,
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