The Welsh Terrier has a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.
The exact origins of the Welsh Terrier are unknown, but they are believed to be one of the oldest living terrier breeds. Emerging in Wales in the 1800s, the Welsh Terrier was first known as the Old English Terrier or the Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier. The breed was developed to hunt fox, badger and vermin.
The Welsh Terrier weighs around 20 pounds and measures 15 to 15.5 inches.
The Welsh Terrier has a wiry, black and tan coat that sheds very little. The Welsh Terrier should be brushed three times a week, bathed when dirty and hand stripped several times a year. Like all dogs, the Welsh Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Welsh Terrier is lively and amiable.
The Welsh Terrier loves an adventure and is ready to take on the world. Like most terrier breeds, the Welsh Terrier is sassy and fearless. They may be small, but Welsh Terriers are not lap dogs. However, when it comes to the terrier family, the Welsh Terrier is known to be better mannered and more mindful than others. The Welsh Terrier is people-oriented and friendly to all. They are especially fond of children and patient enough to put up with their rambunctiousness.
As with most terriers, the Welsh Terrier makes an effective watchdog. The Welsh Terrier is alert and quick to bark at the doorbell or an unwelcome stranger. The Welsh Terrier generally gets along well with other dogs, but will not back down from a challenge, even with a much bigger opponent.
The Welsh Terrier is intelligent and eager to please, but has the typical terrier stubbornness. The Welsh Terrier does best with a confident handler and firm boundaries. They also require patience as they can be more challenging to housebreak than some other breeds and especially enjoy digging, chewing and barking.
Bred to be a hunting dog, the Welsh Terrier is energetic and athletic. The Welsh Terrier is best suited to an active home and does best with lots of exercise. The Welsh Terrier loves to swim and play games. At the very least, they need a long daily walk as well as time outside in a secure area to run and romp.