Some historians think that these Terriers are a direct link to the Old English Black and Tan (or the Broken-Coated Terrier) but there are lengthy Welsh pedigrees which would imply that the breed is not a descendant of the now extinct English breed. In 1737, residents in Carnarvonshire were said to pride themselves on the purity of their Welsh Terriers. Indeed, the breed was known as the Carnarvonshire Welsh Terrier. For over two and a half centuries this breed was used for pack hunting of otters and badgers and the breed was given separate recognition in 1885 in England. However, in America, the breed was still grouped as Old English Terrier until 1901.



Small, compact, sturdy-looking dogs, Welshies are also smart and workmanlike. They have  wiry, hard coats and stand squarely right up on their toes.

Size Small
Colour Welshies are either black or grizzle on their jackets with tan on their legs, quarters and heads.
Coat Length Short Medium
Weight/Height Range Both dogs and bitches measure between 36 to 39cms and weigh between 9 and 10kgs.
Ailments Welshies are a very hardy breed with few breed-specific problems. They do, however, need flea dips, since their waterproof coats are resistant to regular sprays. Regular grooming will prevent skin complications and particular attention must be paid to around their ears and eyes to prevent excess hair developing infections. Manmade fibre can cause ear and chest infections, therefore it is best to use cotton bedding.
Breed Classification
Welsh Terriers belong to the terrier group and are used as companions and seen in the show-ring.

Feeding & Ownership

They are relatively easy dogs to feed as they are not too fussy about their food.

Food Cost $5 to $10
Other Expenses Welshies are not an expensive breed to keep. They are hardy dogs and so there should not be excessive veterinary bills. They will, however, need to be plucked 2 or 3 times a year and so this will add to their cost.



Welshies are active, cheerful dogs that are intelligent and affectionate. They bond very closely with their families although they can be somewhat reserved with strangers. They enjoy playing games and, as such, are ideal for children, taking some rough and tumble. If introduced to cats and other household animals when young, they will accept them willingly. If not, they will have a tendency to chase them. They are happiest being the only dog in the household! They are brave dogs who will hold their own fearlessly, although they are not normally aggressive.


Intelligence The Welsh Terrier is bright enough to understand what is wanted of him but will be strong-willed and therefore needs firm, consistent handling.
Energy Medium
Suitability for Children High
Tendency to Bark Medium
Overall Exercise Requirement Welsh Terriers will go on for ever! They seem to be untiring, always ready to gallop off and play. As they adore swimming care must be taken when water is about. Yet, if you are unable to give them their normal exercise, they will accept matters without a fuss.
Suitability as a Guard Dog Low
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Other Animal Compatibility Medium



Welshies need their coats plucked 2 or 3 times a year. Brushing and combing should be done 2 or 3 times a week. If being shown, more regular attention is necessary.

Grooming Requirements Once a week
Amount of Hair Shed Little

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