Welsh TerrierCare

Practically non-shedding; the wire coat requires professional grooming to look its best.

The Welsh Terrier is a friendly and spirited breed. Their intelligence and desire to please are evident in their attitude. Welsh Terriers are friendly, outgoing to people and other dogs. They are usually patient with children and can withstand a bit of rough play, but can be difficult to housebreak. They are best suited with a young, active family. Welsh Terriers like to chase after things, so they shouldn't be let off lead except in an enclosed area. They need to have their coat plucked several times a year and their bushy facial hair should be combed twice a week.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The Welsh is a small breed and has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

coat &GROOMING

They need to have their coat plucked several times a year and their bushy facial hair should be combed twice a week. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Medium
grooming Weekly Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

Their intelligence and desire to please are evident in their attitude. Welsh Terriers are friendly, outgoing to people and other dogs. They are usually patient with children and can withstand a bit of rough play, but can be difficult to housebreak. They are best suited with a young, active family. Welsh Terriers like to chase after things, so they shouldn't be let off lead except in an enclosed area. Upbeat but not hyper, Welsh exercise needs are moderate. Welsh Terriers were bred to preserve their hunting instincts. However, they were also required to be steady, affectionate and easily controlled since the dogs lived with the family, played with the children, had to get along with other animals on the farm and still maintain their fearless prey-drive in pursuit of rabbit, rat or badger. These are intelligent, sensible dogs with a desire to please. Train with fun, food, praise and firm determination. Welsh Terriers will not learn by rote and, because they are easily distracted by scent, sight and sound, are mistakenly thought to be stubborn. As this would indicate, they seldom become stars in obedience competition, although what they do learn they will retain for life—with gentle daily reminders, of course!

energy level Some Exercise

Welsh Terrier &HEALTH

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.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Welsh can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.

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Dog Names
Female puppy Male puppy