Breeds of dogs: Welsh Terrier

Breeds of dogs: Welsh Terrier

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Great Britain.
F.C.I classification: Group 3 - terriers.

The breed was formed in North Wales, but unfortunately there is not much news about how it developed and created in the era before the nineteenth century. The "rough-haired fox terrier" and the ancient "black and tan terrier" contributed to forming the breed. There is also the hypothesis that "Irish terrier" blood has been introduced into it. In the opinion of British scholars it is a very ancient breed. His official debut on display dates back to the year 1880. Immediately after his appearance in a dog show, the first breed club was founded, which in 1886 obtained recognition from the English Kennel Club. However, there is no lack of quotes that signal the presence of this dog in the early nineteenth century. To make himself known, this terrier had to wait many more years than the other terriers, which means that his breeders have struggled to get out of the isolation of the territories of origin, to make these animals known. If this attitude had not been followed, surely the breed would have had recognition and would have been known by many dog ‚Äč‚Äčlovers many years before. Very popular breed in Great Britain. Well bred also in Italy. In England it is still used in fox hunting together with "Foxhounds" and harmful wild animals.

General aspect

Smaller than average dog, strong, with the appearance of a worker.
Its construction is well balanced, compact and solid.
It is a long-legged terrier, with an elongated head and a pungent gaze. The dog is covered with hard, black-and-tan or gray fur with stronger tan markings. It looks a lot like an "Airedale terrier" reduced to 50%, or a "Lakeland", compared to which it is more slender, less massive. Its construction is more robust than a "rough-haired fox terrier".
It has a powerful bone structure and good muscle.
It must be a well-balanced dog, without any weakness in any region, in particular in the posterior one, distinct and, therefore, devoid of coarseness.
Each male dog must have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


And a proud and combative dog, the Welsh has a typically terrier behavior. He is very affectionate and docile with his masters. It is never quarrelsome, but it is ready to react if attacked, since it maintains a good dose of aggression, so much so that it still participates in labor trials in its lair in many countries. Always lively and gay, of great temperament, sporty. To keep his coat and appearance clean and tidy, just follow the suggestions given for other terriers.

Welsh Terrier (photo

Welsh Terrier (photo

Welsh Terrier (photo


Height: not exceeding 39 cm at the withers.
Weight: 9-9.5 kg.

Trunk: short back, well supported rib cage, strong loins, good depth and length of the chest.
Head and muzzle: flat skull with moderate width between the ears. Powerful, well-shaped jaws, rather long and capable of striking. Stop not too defined. The muzzle between the stop and the tip of the truffle is of medium length.
Black truffle.
Teeth: strong jaws, with perfect and regular scissor bite of the incisors, implanted at right angles on the jaws themselves. The upper ones go beyond the lower ones by touching them.
Neck: of moderate length and thickness, slightly arched, harmoniously raised between the shoulders.
Ears: V-shaped, small, not too thin, inserted quite high, carried forward and close to the cheeks.
Small eyes; well inserted, dark, they express the dog's temperament. If round and protruding they are not desirable.
Limbs: strong and muscular forelegs with strong bone structure, with straight and powerful metacarpals. Hindquarters with strong and muscular thighs, of good length, with well-angled hocks and strong bones. Small, round and cat feet.
Shoulder: long, oblique and well adherent to the back.
Gait: the front and rear limbs move straight forward. The elbows move remaining free on the sides and parallel to the back. The knees do not rotate either inside or outside.
Musculature: sculpted, solid and evident.
Tail: well inserted and carried not too cheerfully. Usually cut.
Skin: well adherent to the body.
Hair: strong, rough, very thick and abundant. Single fur is not acceptable.
Allowed colors: black and tan, or black and tan, is preferred, without black brush strokes on the fingers. The black under the hocks is a defect.
Most common defects: any deviation from the previous points must be considered a defect and the importance with which the defect must be taken into consideration depends on the exact proportion of its severity.

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