Considered to be a territorial breed of dog, a welsh terrier bears lots of resemblance to an Airedale terrier. Being a cross between the old British Black and Tan Terrier, the Welsh terrier is a compact and sturdy dog that was introduced in the US in 1888. Though commonly known as a companion dog, the Welsh terrier has exceptional hunting skills too.
Welsh terrier has a muscular body with a flat rectangular head and a squared off muzzle. The wiry coat in black and tan or grizzled shades gives it a rugged look. The small v-shaped ears and the docked tail are its peculiarities. The eyes are small and outlined with bushy eyebrows.
The Welsh Terrier's jacket is black, spreading up onto the neck, down onto the tail and into the upper thighs. Their legs, quarters, and head are clear tan, which is a deep reddish brown color. Some have grizzle jackets, as well. White is allowed only as small marks on the front of the breast.
With a curious and playful nature, this breed is friendly towards kids and particularly loves playing with clothes. They are active and outgoing and do not demand too much of attention. Certain welsh terriers tend to be a bit timid at times, but this can be corrected by proper training and socializing. They are also easily trainable and have only basic needs. Sometimes they can be aggressive towards other dog breeds. However, long legged terriers are found to be calmer than the rest.
Welsh terriers have a normal life expectancy of 10-12 years. Adult welsh terriers grow up to a height of 15 inches and weigh almost 20-21 pounds. Common health concerns of Welsh terriers are skin and eye problems.
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