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The Welsh Terrier Temperament Is Curious, Sociable, Playful,Tenacious And Mischievous

Originally bred for hunting otter, fox and badger in the rugged uplands and valleys of Wales, They are still used for hunting today, but their versatile easy going natures means they  are more likely now just to make great companions.

Welsh Terrier Temperament

Spirited, courageous and intelligent aptly describe this terrier’s personality. They are an easy going friendly breed and affectionate towards their family, which makes them fairly obedient and easily controlled.

The Welshie is described as "No frills", which at first sounds like a bit of a put down, its not meant to be. They have limitless energy for playing games, but will be quite happy to chew on a bone while you go about your business.

They do have a well defined mischievous streak in them so a good sense of humour will also be a helpful asset for any owner of this cheeky little scamp.All in all, they make a very loyal, loving and hardy pet.

Another aspect of the Welsh Terrier’s temperament is that they are very game little dogs out in the field, quite fearless and still retaining that strong hunting instinct that they were originally bred for. Though not aggressive, the Welshie  is still a terrier and won’t generally back down from trouble! He is quite capable of holding his own against much larger opponents.

Description: The Welsh Terrier  resembles a miniature Airedale Terrier and is a rugged, compact  medium sized dog.

Workmanlike and well balanced, they have a rectangular head with small dark brown almond shaped eyes and v-shaped ears that fold forward. Its  muzzle is about half the length of its head, strong and squared off.  

They have a hard wiry dense topcoat, very close and abundant with a soft undercoat that is ideal for operating in cold exposed conditions. A black jacket with tan or grizzle base are the breed colour standards. Shedding is minimal

Considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Children: Curiosity and playfulness are traits which makes them great dogs for children to have as companion animals, but there are other dog breeds that are good with children that you might also like to consider.

Protection levels: Defensive by nature will bark a lot as warnings to any unwanted intrusion or stranger..

Other Animals Quite good with other dogs, will not tolerate cats, high prey drive towards all small crawling squeeking critters.

Exercise: Medium-high energy levels,enjoys exercise and games, has great stamina. They also on the whole enjoy swimming.

Health Overall this is a pretty healthy breed with few if any major congenital defects. Lens luxation and glaucoma however can be an issue, so too can epilepsy or thyroid problems. Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

The Ideal Welsh Terrier Owner Is..

Experienced and confident who has time and energy to train this exuberant and lively character. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.



The Welsh Terrier breed, or “Welshie” has an ancient lineage, sharing a common origin with the Lakeland Terrier that goes back to Pre-Roman Times. The modern breed is descended from the now extinct Rough-Coated Black & Tan Terrier and was popular in Britain throughout the 1700-1800s.

 By the early 1800's there were two main strains of the breed; they were the “Ynsfor” and “Old English Terrier” respectively; These strains eventually merged to create the Welsh Terrier, which was recognised by the English Kennel club in 1866. The early dogs were too rough for competition in the show ring and breeders sought to improve their lines, not only by selective breeding but also with crosses to the Wire Fox Terrier, the result  was a dog that somewhat resembles a miniature Airedale Terrier and rather handsome it is too!

Airedale Terrier wire fox terrier

Airedale Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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