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Welsh Terrier - Breed Profile:

Origin: United Kingdom (Wales)
Balck and tan
Size: Small
Type of Owner:
Exercise: Daily
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: A bit dog-aggressive
Noise: Likes to bark

Physical characteristics

The Welsh Terrier is a small compact dog with a sturdy build. As well as the Giant Schnauzer, Welsh Terriers have bushy eyebrows, moustache, and beard. The head is rather long and rectangular. The end of the muzzle is square; the teeth meet in a scissor or level bite. The V-shaped ears are pendent. The small eyes are almond shaped and dark; the nose is black. The tail is customarily docked. The feet are small and cat-like.
Welsh Terriers weigh 18 to 20 pounds and their height is 15 inches in average.


Welsh Terriers are intelligent, loyal, and affectionate. Their inborn curiosity will never let their energy wane: very playful dogs with a happy personality. Some individuals tend to be shy, but generally Welsh Terriers are rather brave. A proper socialization should take place to avoid excessive modesty, combativeness, and protectiveness (in some dogs). This breed is good for a young family that love active time-spending: the dog needs a lot of exercise. Welsh Terriers like to chase after things, so do not let it off leash in a non-safe environment unless it is very well trained. If you prefer quiet companions, a Welsh Terrier is not for you: it looks like they enjoy the sound of their own voice and, thus, love to bark.

Coat and grooming

Welsh Terriers have have a short wavy outer coat that is harsh to the touch. The undercoat is soft. Regular grooming is necessary to keep it in a good state. Also, the beard should be cleaned daily.
The colours are usually black and tan, though some dogs come in black, tan, and grizzled colours.


Welsh Terriers are basically healthy dogs with no known breed-specific health problems. A healthy Welsh Terrier can live up to 13 years.

Other interesting facts

Welsh Terriers love to swim, and many of them love to dig.