The Welsh Terrier is a lovable breed-one of the friendliest of all terriers. Welsh Terriers are loyal and playful, and have the reputation as being one of the most happy-go-lucky breeds of the terrier variety and of dogs in general. Here are some tips for owning a Welsh Terrier and some things you'll need to know before you purchase this pooch.
- Physical Characteristics. The Welsh Terrier's looks are similar to that of an Airedale, although the breed is smaller. They are roughly 15 inches tall and no more than 20 pounds. The compact body has a wiry coat. The face has heavy and bushy eyebrows and is equipped with a stylish beard and mustache. The snout comes to a square end instead of a point, and its nose is black. The Welsh Terrier is born black and as it ages, turns tan, black and tan, or a mix with some grays. The tail is normally docked.
- Disposition. The Welsh Terrier, unlike many other terriers, is not incredibly stubborn. These pets are cheerful and merry-they love bouncing around the yard or house in pursuit of play. They are excellent choices for families because of their happy attitudes. Like any dog, however, the Welshie must be socialized in puppyhood to avoid aggression and combativeness. By and large, this breed cooperates with other animals and is considered generally calm when compared with other terriers. They do, however, love to swim, play, and run, and for this reason, they are great playmates for the active person.
- Physical Needs: Exercise. The Welsh is an avid exerciser. While they do not require a vigorous routine, Welsh Terriers will flourish with regular exercise. Remember, they enjoy swimming and love to get their paws dirty with digging. While a normal walk is great exercise, it is a good idea to have a place where you can let your Welsh Terrier off his leash to play free, either alone or with other dogs.
- Physical Needs: Space. Welsh terriers are not ideal apartment pets, but if given proper exercise and attention, the arrangement can work. A small yard furnished with toys is perfect for the Welsh Terrier.
- Physical Needs: Food. Consult your vet for advice on the best food for your Welsh Terrier.
- Physical Needs: Grooming. The Welsh's coat needs to be "plucked" (stripping dead hair) twice a year. Constant grooming is needed for a tidy look. The trademark of the Welsh are its fluffy legs and face, so giving him the grooming attention daily will enhance his features.
- Physical Needs: Sleeping Quarters. Welsh Terriers must have an indoor sleeping area. Unlike the Patterdale, they are sensitive to the cold.
- Health Considerations. Welsh Terriers have a predisposition for eye and skin problems. Glaucoma is one of the main eye conditions that these animals can get, particularly as they age past 7 years old.
- Life Expectancy. The Welsh's life expectancy is 10-12 years.
The Welsh Terrier is certainly one of the most jovial of terriers. Smart, playful, and loyal, he is a great family dog. Welshes are good on the leash, but love having room for free play. They are known for needing playtime and a place to bound about. The Welsh Terrier breed is perfect for an owner wanting a cheerful dog, but also an owner willing to invest the time into making his pooch happy.