AKC PuppyFinder: Welsh Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: As alert and spirited as any self-respecting terrier, but a bit calmer than most
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Upbeat but not hyper, Welsh exercise needs are moderate
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 15 inches (male), porportionally smaller (female)
  • Weight: 20 pounds, porportionally smaller (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Welsh Terriers share many traits with other British terriers, including a strong prey drive and tenacity when on the hunt. But they are also great family members: steady, friendly and outgoing. With socialization, your Welsh Terrier puppy will get along with everyone, including children and other animals. He'll thrive with an active family and even makes a good travel companion, with his combination of adventurousness and good manners. The breed responds to training that combines determination with rewards and a bit of fun. That love of the chase is ingrained, so he'll do best with a fenced yard and walks on a lead.

History & Job
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Origin: Wales

Year Recognized: 1888

Breed History & Job Description: It’s impossible to say when Welsh Terriers came into being, but the breed as we know it was taking shape sometime in the 1700s. They were bred to hunt fox, otter, and badger in the remote mountainous region of northern Wales. Badgers, especially, are dangerous adversaries, and digging them out of their lairs was no job for sissy dogs. Welsh, with their powerful forequarters and punishing jaws, along with typical terrier courage, were equipped for the task of going head to head with sharp-toothed, razor-clawed prey.

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Welsh Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues. They are generally free of genetic health problems other than those common to all canines such as glaucoma, skin allergies and epilepsy. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Welsh Terriers are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • No recommended health tests
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Welsh Terrier Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://clubs.akc.org/wtca/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 111
  • Breed Referral Contact: Welsh Terrier - 723-773-4947
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  • Breed Club Rescue: WTCares-Welsh Terrier Rescue Service
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: hollishaven@aol.com Lyn Hollis
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 731-584-6530
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: https://welshterrierrescue.com/available-for-rescue/representative-near-you/
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