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Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier Characteristics: The happy-go-lucky and self-reliant Welsh Terrier is a breed of small dog classified as a member of the Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1888).

The Welsh Terrier, is characterized by its sturdy, robust appearance with a long head, straight muzzle and happy, out-going expression.

Other characteristics include dark, small, deep set, oval-shaped eyes; small, V-shaped ears ears; a small, high set, erect tail and a strong, fluid gait. The temperament of the Welsh Terrier can be described as Loving, Spirited, Independent. The coat type of the Welsh Terrier is described as tight wiry coat in assorted colors. 

Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Welsh Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "Loveable Rogue". The origin of the Welsh Terrier dog breed was in United Kingdom (Wales) where it was developed in the 1700's.

Welsh Terrier Breed Group and Dog Type - Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1888): The Welsh Terrier is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1888).

Other names for the Welsh Terrier: The Welsh Terrier is known by the nickname of the "Loveable Rogue". Other names for this breed of dog include the Welshie and Welsh Ratter.

Origin of the name: The dog is named after the place it was originally bred in Caernarvonshire in Wales. The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained as hunting dogs to pursue their prey, such as foxes, squirrels, otters and badgers.

Welsh Terrier History and Origin: The country of origin of the Welsh Terrier breed was in United Kingdom (Wales) during the 1700's. The Welsh Terrier breed was developed around 1760 by John Jones, who ran the Ynysfor Hunt. John Jones bred the Welsh Terrier to compliment his pack of Otterhounds - large scent hounds that detected scent particles and track small game, especially the otter. The smaller, compact  Welsh Terrier used in packs for hunting fox, vermin, rabbits and squirrels into their burrows.

The Welsh Terrier with its short legs hunted their quarry below ground, whereas the larger, longer legged Otterhounds hunted their prey above ground. The Jones family concentrated on improving the hunting abilities of the Welsh Terrier, rather than its looks.

The Welsh Terrier was recognized as a breed in the 1880s, and gained considerable attention as a show dog. The Welsh Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1888. The most famous Welsh Terrier was named Charlie and was President John F. Kennedy's White House dog.

Welsh Terrier Modern History: The modern history of the Welsh Terrier moved on and the breed is now used as an energetic family pet and companion.

Welsh Terrier Height: This breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 15 inches (39 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

Welsh Terrier Weight: The weight of this small sized dog, in a male dog is 20 - 21 pounds (9 - 10 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.

Welsh Terrier Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type is described as tight wiry coat. The term "Wire" refers to coarse hair.

Welsh Terrier Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of Grizzle & Tan and Black & Tan. N.B. The word 'Grizzle' refers to gray or partly gray colored hair.

Welsh Terrier Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Welsh Terrier are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited dog grooming needs of the Welsh Terrier are therefore considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming with casual brushing and combing. Dog Grooming needs should also include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the eyes, ears, nails and teeth.

Welsh Terrier Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 4-6 puppies. Welsh Terrier puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Welsh Terrier puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Welsh Terrier Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Happy-go-lucky, Loving, Spirited, Independent and Self-reliant.

Welsh Terrier Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is low. The Welsh Terrier requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes to one hour every day.

This small dog has a strong, flowing gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Welsh Terrier Diet: A fully grown Welsh Terrier should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Welsh Terrier Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Welsh Terrier breed include Lens Luxation . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Welsh Terrier dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Welsh Terrier Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Welsh Terrier breed is 10-14 years.

Welsh Terrier Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Welsh Terrier breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Welsh Terrier names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are:  Reece *** Levi *** Kynan *** Tucker *** Bevin *** Owen *** Star *** Tripp *** Treven *** Winn.

Welsh Terrier Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Welsh Terrier names are Nerys *** Penny *** Lark *** Roxie *** Nova *** Gwen *** Molly *** Carys *** Mia *** Lucy.

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