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AKC Meet the Breeds: Welsh Terrier

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

The Welsh Terrier is a zippy, compact companion, always looking for action and entertainment. This breed loves to swim and dig. The "Welsh Terrier expression" comes from the set, color, and position of the eyes combined with the use of the ears. His coarse wire-texture coat is always black and tan. Caroline Kennedy had a Welsh named Charlie.

A Look Back

The Welsh Terrier was originally known as the Old English Terrier or Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier. Welsh Terriers' native home is Wales, where they were used extensively as a Sporting dog and renowned for their gameness on badger, fox, and otter. Welsh Terriers were first brought to this country by Prescott Lawrence in 1888.

Right Breed for You?

The Welsh Terrier is a friendly and spirited breed. Their intelligence and desire to please are evident in their attitude. Welsh Terriers are friendly and outgoing with people and other dogs. They are usually patient with children and can withstand a bit of rough play, but can be difficult to housebreak. They are best suited with a young, active family. Welsh Terriers like to chase after things, so they shouldn't be let off lead except in an enclosed area. They need to have their coat plucked several times a year, and their bushy facial hair should be combed twice a week.

  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1888.
  • Ideal size approximately 20 pounds.
  • Fox hunter.

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