Welsh Terrier Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

Welsh Terrier Dog

Welsh Terrier Dog

AKC Group: Terrier Group

The Welsh Terrier dog comes to us originally from Wales. A highly energetic dog, the coat color is always tan and black. Standing at only 15 inches tall, it can make a great family dog. However due to its high energy level, it needs a lot of exercise to keep from being bored.


The Welsh Terrier was first generally known as the Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier or Old English Terrier. Welsh Terriers originated in Wales, where the breed was used for hunting and were famous for their willingness to go after otter, fox and badger. Welsh Terriers were first taken to this nation in 1888 by Prescott Lawrence.

Physical Features

The dog is a compact, rugged, sturdy dog of moderate size. The dog's coat is dense, hard and wiry that is close fitted. There's a soft, short undercoat.

The coat is black along the back, down to the tail and the upper thighs. The head, legs, quarters are tan. The tan is often a strong reddish color, with a brighter shades allowed for competition.

These dogs normally stand around 15 inches tall, and weigh about 20 pounds. Despite their small size, it is a very sturdy and strong dog.


The Welsh Terrier dog is always alert and spirited. It can be extremely friendly to family members. Due to its high intelligence and activity level, it is easily bored. Which is why it is ideally suited for active families. These small dogs get along great with children, and they can withstand the rough play that they might bring.

Common Health Problems

The Welsh Terrier dog is a normally very healthy. But they are sometimes to skin irritations and eye problems like glaucoma. Normal lifespan is about 12-13 years.

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