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Welsh Terrier

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #1112015: #1082014: #106
Name Welsh Terrier
Other names Welshie, WT
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1888)(UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 10-14 years
Temperament AlertFriendlyIntelligentSpiritedIndependentLoving
Height 15 inches (39 cm)
Weight 20-21 pounds (9-9½ kg)
Colors Black & TanGrizzle & TanBlack Grizzle & Tan
Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1200 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 4 starsWelsh Terriers will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. They are very active indoors and a small yard is sufficient.
Barking Tendencies 5 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 1 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 2 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsThe Welsh Terrier is untiring. It needs to be taken for a daily walk or jog. It is always ready to play with a ball and to run and gambol off the leash in the open countryside. The Welsh Terrier likes to chase after anything that moves. Take caution when letting these dogs off their lead.
Grooming 4 starsHigh Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. Professional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 2 starsHypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: #53. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 1 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 3 starsModerately Easy Training: This breed is bright enough to learn quickly, yet cunning enough to try to divert you from your intentions. Provide consistency and constant variety during training.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Lucy
02 Buddy Daisy
03 Rocky Lily
04 Cooper Coco
05 Toby Lulu
06 Duke Roxy
07 Toby Zoey
08 Bear Olive
09 Dexter Gracie
10 Teddy Ruby
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This is a square-proportioned, compact, sturdy dog of medium size, capable of running at good speed for long distances and then bolting or dispatching its quarry. Its gait is free and effortless, with good reach and drive. Its coat is double, with a short, soft undercoat and a hard, dense, wiry outer coat. The expression and demeanor are confident and alert.

The Welsh, although more mild-mannered than many terriers, is still playful and mischievous enough to provide plenty of entertainment and challenges, yet it is calm enough to be a reliable house pet. It is independent, inquisitive and sensitive, reserved with strangers and possibly scrappy with other dogs and pets. It needs daily exercise in a safe area. It tends to dig and bark.

The Welsh Terrier was originally called the Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier, Old English Terrier and at one point called the Old Reddish-Black Wirehaired Terrier. Developed in Wales, it was bred for its hunting abilities, particularly with badger, fox and otter. The dogs would go down into the dens to drive out the prey for the hunter and would commonly be taken out with packs of hounds. The breed was first shown in England in 1884. Prescott Lawrence first brought the breed to America in 1888. Some of the Welsh Terrier's talents include: hunting, tracking, watchdog, agility and performing tricks.