meet theWelsh Terrier

Sturdy, compact, and rugged, with a tight-fitting black-and-tan coat and a rectangular head featuring folded ears and a jaunty beard, Welsh are constructed along the classic lines of Britain’s long-legged terriers. They stand about 15 inches at the shoulder, a little larger than the Lakeland Terrier but much smaller than the mighty Airedale. All three breeds, however, share a family resemblance: An ancient breed called the Old English Black and Tan Terrier is thought to be the granddaddy of these and some other British terriers.


Training &Temperament

The modern Welsh Terrier is a low-shedding, long-lived terrier with the fire and tenacity expected in a dog that once tangled with badgers and otters on their home turf. But, a terrier expert says, “The breed is endowed with a generous measure of common sense that makes it a particular pleasure with which to live and travel.” Indeed, Welsh have a reputation for being excellent traveling companions: Compact, curious, but gentlemanly, and game for whatever adventure the next bend in the road might bring.

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Did You Know?

Caroline Kennedy had a Welsh named Charlie.

In old times the Welsh Terrier was known as Old English Terrier or Black-&-Tan Wire Haired Terrier.

The Welsh Terriers' native home is Wales and was used extensively as a sporting dog.

Welsh Terriers were shown in dog shows as early as the 1800s.

The direct descendant of the old English wirehaired black-and-tan sporting dogs from which have come many of the present-day terriers, the Welsh terrier was renowned for its gameness on badger, fox, and otter.

He is a friendly, outgoing, and playful dog who loves people.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & Tan 018
Grizzle & Tan 110
Black Grizzle & Tan 025


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
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Dog Names
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