Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is a medium-sized breed of dog known for its distinctive appearance and lively personality. They are energetic and courageous dogs, with a dense, weather-resistant coat.

General details

The Welsh Terrier is a medium-sized dog breed. According to breed standards, males usually weigh between 9 and 10 kg, while females have an average weight of 8 to 9 kg. In terms of height, males measure around 39 cm at the withers, while females have an average height of 36 cm. This breed usually lives between 12 and 15 years, and belongs to Group 3 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which groups Terriers.

Breed history in brief

The Welsh Terrier is a breed of dog that has its origins in Wales, in the United Kingdom. Its history dates back to the early 19th century, where it was developed to be a versatile working dog for hunting small animals and as a companion dog. During its evolution, the Welsh Terrier was selectively bred to excel in its ability to hunt badgers, foxes and other burrowing animals. Their endurance, agility and courage were qualities sought after in the breeding of the breed. Over time, a breed standard was established that defined its appearance and characteristics. Today, the Welsh Terrier is prized as a companion dog and family pet.

Breed characteristics

The body of the Welsh Terrier is muscular and well proportioned, with an elongated and expressive head. Its eyes are dark and bright, and its ears are small and "V" shaped and carried erect. The tail is of medium length and carried erect. The distinguishing feature of the Welsh Terrier is its dense, harsh coat, which is weather resistant. The coat is double, with a soft undercoat and a rough, wiry outer coat. The characteristic colors of the breed are black and tan, with black hair on the body and tan patches on the eyebrows, muzzle, chest and legs. Traits that characterize the Welsh Terrier include their friendly and affectionate nature, as well as their playful nature. They are loyal and devoted dogs to their families, and can also be good with children. However, they can show dominance towards other dogs and small animals, so early socialization is important.

Common health problems

Among the most common diseases suffered by members of the Welsh Terrier dog breed are hip dysplasia, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism and copper storage disease.

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