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The Welsh Terrier, a very British dog

Under its British look, the Welsh Terrier is a real entertainer ready to run and play. Always full of energy, he is certainly not dedicated to the less athletic owners. This ball of energy is quite easy to train thanks to its obedience.

Characteristics of the Welsh Terrier

Belonging to the terrier family, the Welsh Terrier has many similarities with the wire-haired Fox Terrier. It has an elegant physique with a harmoniously proportioned body. The dog is not very large, measuring a maximum of 39 cm and weighing between 7 and 9 kg. It has a short and well set tail, a straight back and a deep chest. This dog has a small head with a flat skull, a moderately accentuated stop and a muzzle that goes slightly forward. It has small eyes properly positioned in their sockets that reveal the strong character of the animal. Their color should ideally be dark. The dog has ears reminiscent of a "V", which are quite small and carried forward. The Welsh Terrier has a thick, hard coat of medium length. Its hair is even said "wire" because it is so rough. The coat for its part must be black and tan.

History of the Welsh Terrier breed

The Welsh Terrier comes from Wales. It reveals a physique halfway between the Fox Terrier and the Airedale Terrier. According to the history, it would have as ancestor the Old english black and tan terrier which would have been used for the creation of the majority of the terriers. The breed would have appeared in the XVIIIth century and would have been used for hunting activities. It was used as an auxiliary to the hounds. As it is smaller in size, it can enter dens more easily to dislodge its prey. Its official recognition dates back to 1886.

Living requirements and behavior of the Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier has won the hearts of families as a pet because of its joie de vivre and bubbly character. They never run out of energy and need to be constantly exercised. Sedentary owners are clearly not for him. Moreover, this animal expresses a lot of affection towards its owners. On the other hand, it is not very sociable towards its fellow creatures. Small animals should be avoided, as their hunting instinct can resurface at any moment. It needs an education combining softness and firmness which rectifies its small defects. As for his lifestyle, he can live in an apartment without any problem although he prefers a house with a garden.

Diet and main health problems of the Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is an energetic dog with a life expectancy of 14 years. It therefore needs sufficient caloric and nutritional intake to stay in shape. His diet should be adapted to his age, health and lifestyle. As far as health is concerned, no specific problem has been detected. On the other hand, he may develop keratoconjunctivitis sicca, which is an advanced form of conjunctivitis.