The Welsh Terrier, or, as it is also called, the Welsh Terrier, is considered one of the oldest terriers on the planet. Although many unknowingly consider it a miniature copy of the Airedale, in fact, it is not. Its history can be traced from graphic evidence and figurines – various drawings, paintings, tapestries, etc., as well as from some records. He was first known as the Black and Tan Wirehaired Terrier or Old English Terrier.
Although the Welsh Terrier was originally Welsh, it has been common in many areas of England since the early 19th century. Usually used to hunt foxes, otters and badgers, it was also good at killing parasites, which made this dog incredibly popular. After all, every farm, stables, butchers’ shops and taverns – all needed such a versatile and useful animal.
Usually, this breed has been classified and shown at shows as an Old English Terrier, however, many other terrier breeds have been classified in this category. Ultimately, he was classified as a Welsh Terrier by the English Kennel Club in 1885.
The welsh terrier came to the United States in 1888, but these were, rather, isolated individuals who arrived in America along with immigrants. However, the breed was so popular and in demand that literally 3 years later, the first breeders appeared, and imports from England gained stability. In addition, the Welsh Terrier began to conquer Europe.
They are small dogs with a strong build and short, coarse, curly hair. The limbs are medium, proportional, the ears are triangular, folded, there is a small “mustache” on the face. The tail is short. The color is black and red.
The Welsh Terrier is a wonderful dog that will certainly fill your life with bright colors and non-standard situations. Simply because that is its essence. One of the main features of this breed is a huge amount of energy, just an incredible amount that needs to be put somewhere. Do not assume that giving your dog a walk every day will be enough. Don’t even hope.
That is, walks for walks, but your pet will not just expect every trip to the street, he will demand it unconditionally, moreover, at any time of the day or night. If you are going for a run in the morning, he will be the first to squeeze through the doors, and jump around you while you lace up your sneakers. Even after getting an hour or two of active physical exercise on the street every day, the dog will arrange games at home with your slippers, with toys, with your feet or with your children, and sometimes with all together and at once.
By the way, there is a special story with children. The Welsh Terrier adores children, it is by default the best friend for a child, with whom they will always find a common language. If you think that the dog will run around the house and jump on you from chairs or couches only during play, or at a time when it is convenient for you, you are mistaken. Once she tries, and she will do it endlessly, when she likes it.
Accordingly, you cannot do without a good sense of humor, love for various tricks and a tolerant attitude. Due to boredom and lack of activity, destruction begins in the house – remember this. Moreover, the Welsh Terrier is a breed that is not recommended for inexperienced owners, since these animals sometimes like to act in their own way and their upbringing is sometimes not easy. Including because they do not like monotony, but more on that later.
The Welsh Terrier can live in an apartment if he gets enough physical activity and enough walks, but it is believed that the ideal place to keep him is a private house with a yard. Please note that if you still have a private house, then the dog will dig holes, and, unlike other breeds, it will be much more difficult to teach it to dig a hole in one place. Why – it’s hard to say, apparently this refers to the mysterious area of a dog’s love for digging.
Also, these dogs love to bark, and you will have to make an effort to wean your pet from this. Otherwise – goodbye healthy sleep and friendly neighbors. Welsh terrier, as a rule, does not cause allergies and is suitable for allergy sufferers, but this is not absolute – human allergy is too individual a concept.
This breed has a very developed intelligence, if dogs could pass the aikyu test, Welsh terriers would have one of the highest results. This is undeniable. They are very attached to their family, and do not tolerate separation. On the other hand, excessive obsession and painful emotionality are alien to these dogs; they can spend time alone with their toy, knowing that the owner is in the next room. Works. And you don’t need to get it.
Since these are hunting dogs, and in the past they were actively used for such purposes, your dog will most likely pursue squirrels, rats, hedgehogs and in general any small living creatures, including cats, therefore, the presence of a cat in the house, the dog must be taught from an early age.
The Welsh Terrier is a breed that does not like monotony. They are active dogs and should be actively trained as well. If you think you can be successful by doing the same activities every day at the same time, the opposite will be true. In no case should the activities be monotonous, you should bring maximum fun to them, since the Welsh Terrier is a freedom-loving creature.
It is desirable that he does not even fully understand that training awaits him now. Better to make him think that you are going out and have fun, and training is just part of the program. A sense of humor, a large number of sweets, patience and kindness, as well as good imagination are your best assistants.
You definitely need to teach your dog basic commands, but there is more to it than that. Obedience training should be lifelong, although the emphasis should be greatest at an early age. Also, it will be useful to teach the dog to shut up on command, as this breed loves to bark.
Wool needs to be combed out regularly, 2 times a week, and once every 2 months it is necessary to cleanse it from dead villi. The dog is bathed at least once a week, the eyes are cleaned daily, the ears are cleaned 2-3 times a week. The nails are trimmed 3 times a month.
The Welsh Terrier can be susceptible to the following diseases:
- von Willebrand disease;
- hypothyroidism – can lead to the following complications: epilepsy, alopecia (hair loss), obesity, lethargy, hyperpigmentation, pyoderma.