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Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is an alert, workmanlike dog with a compact, sturdy build. Under the hard wiry protective coat, the Welsh Terrier has reasonably long legs, and stands square, up on his toes, ready for action.

12 – 15 years
9 – 9.5kg
39cm or less in height
Black and tan or black, grizzle and tan
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Might not like other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Welsh Terrier breed can suffer from:
- Primary lens luxation which is a condition where the lens moves from it's normal position in the eye which will result in vision loss and can cause pain.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


An intelligent, active and cheerful dog, the Welsh Terrier is affectionate with family but may be reserved with strangers. As with most terriers, an independent nature and sharp mind mean this is not a dog to be left to their own devices or allowed to become bored. Introduced to resident cats when young, the Welsh Terrier will consider them family, but all bets are off with strangers, particularly if diligence is not applied in training a responsive ‘leave’ and a ‘as reliable as possible’ recall. 

A fun companion for the active outdoors family, the Welsh Terrier is capable of long walks, and taking part in dog related sports or activities.

Did You Know?

The Welsh Terrier has been popular with politicians; former Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond owned Rex during his time at No.11 Downing St, and Charlie the Welsh Terrier lived somewhat more lavishly in the White House, during John F. Kennedys term as President of the USA.

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