The compact Welsh Terrier, who looks like a miniature Airedale, is steadier, more sensible, and less excitable than some terriers, yet still full of energy and drive.
The more exercise you can offer, the better. Always alert and ready for a game, his inquisitiveness and tenacity can get him into tight spots (literally) unless your fences are secure and/or he is well supervised.
I do not recommend Welsh Terriers for small children. Many terriers will not tolerate any nonsense from little life forms whom they consider to be below themselves in importance. Many terriers are quick to react to teasing, and even to the normal clumsiness that comes with small children (accidental squeezing of their ears or pulling of whiskers or stepping on their paw). Many terriers are possessive of their food and toys and will defend these from all comers, including children.
Welsh Terriers require clipping and trimming every few months. Breed purists may say that terrier coats should never be clipped because it makes the coat softer and more prone to matting. Instead they advocate hand-stripping (each dead hair pulled out so a new one can grow in its place). But in my opinion, stripping is too time-consuming and uncomfortable for the dog. Many groomers won't do it anymore. For pet dogs, I think clipping is just fine.
I recently got an Irish Terrier, before I got her I spent a long time on Facebook groups (Irish Terrier Club, Irish Terriers, Irish Terrier Association etc) learning everything I could about the breed from other peoples posts about what their IT was up to. I'm glad I did as nothing my little IT does surprises me although she does make me laugh every single day.
As an unusual breed it took me ages to find a litter that suited me and that had a little bitch. In the end I got very lucky and befriended an IT owner then discovered that she was considering having a litter so I knew the bitch (and loved her) and the owner and had second pick of the litter (the owner of the dog had first pick).
I love Irish Terriers, they are so adorable in quite a similar way to Welsh Terriers - clearly I like what a friend calls 'retro dogs'.
I wouldn't particularly recommend the breeder I got him from - it was all kosher and kennel club registered, I spoke to the vet they used, I saw all the certificates, I just didn't feel that the breeder took enough interest in us. I kept asking her to ask us questions but she wasn't at all fussed. The ethical part of me felt we should walk away, but by this time we'd met the puppies, the timing was right and I'd been prevaricating for four years and I just felt it was now or never.
I still feel uncomfortable admitting that I bought a dog from someone I didn't respect as that's encouraging bad practices. It absolutely wasn't a puppy farm, she just wasn't my ideal breeder.
Someone recommended this site www.weltaf.co.uk/ - their dogs came from the woman who runs it. I asked to be able to access their forums which apparently have really useful advice, but never got the password. Which reminds me, I'll email them again to badger...
I always run after dog owners and ask them questions. The reason I finally got ours was because I happened to meet yet another lovely Welshie that day and her owner was really charming! Dog owners love nothing more than the chance to talk about their breed.
The Welsh Terrier may be one of the oldest purebred terriers, and it is certainly one of the most practical for many families. Terriers were dogs developed to chase and dig in to go after sometimes dangerous game like rats and foxes, so they tend to share a bold, independent spirt and a certain tenacity. The ideal owner will know how to manage a confident, spirited dog with kindness and respect, and you'll certainly need to have time to exercise this energetic individual. However, many owners report that this smallish terrier is a bit calmer and easier to manage than many of its cousins. It could be an excellent choice for the first-time terrier owner.
My welsh terrier Lambchop has an unusual characteristic. She loves babies. I mean LOVES them. Climb into the stroller love. The smaller the human the more she loves them. She likes all kids but goes insane around infants.
The Welsh Terrier is believed to be one of the oldest purebred terriers, and it is thought that the modern Welshie is not much different from its ancestors, bred several centuries ago. It was originally known as the “Black and Tan Wire-Haired Terrier”, and it is probable that it shares ancestors with the now-extinct Black and Tan Terrier.
I agree with salahma, terriers can be fun to train but they need it in small doses at first so they see the reward of training with you. They tend to favor that person (at least in my experience) so be prepared to have everybody in the house train the dog in the same way. Consistency is key. When he's all grown up, the best method for training is to do so after a long run. Terriers are working dogs and they love to run and chase! You could run him for a half hour and then do your training because you don't want him to be too tired.
I would recommend you introduce your puppy to other dogs quickly and often, otherwise they can be fairly aggressive toward them as they grow older.
Also, keep them away from any and all pork products (in addition to the other known foods like grapes, onions, and chocolate).
If you have any specific questions feel free to reach out or reply. I've had 5 Welsh Terriers in my lifetime.
Got my first (Jemmy) for valentines day when I was 6 and another about 3 years later (Culley). Both lived to be about 17-18 years old.
My girlfriend and I have our own now (Josie) and my parents have two (Ellie and Georgie). They are each completely different dogs.
My Welshie is 11 years old and she has given me so much joy over the years. I can tell you though that they can be challenging. Her temperament is much like you may find anywhere on the internet. Strong willed, curious, and very smart. She is well trained and that was not a challenge. The challenge is that I can see her thinking when I give her a command, as if she's not sure if it will be worth it to obey. She lives for dog treats though so that will get her to do anything. They are very energetic dogs. I would suggest finding a place you can let her run like a dog park. I used to take my dog out regularly to a field and just let her go until she started to get tired. These days she is happy with a 20 minute walk. She expects a walk every day and will let me know when she's ready or if she's upset she hasn't gotten one yet. As earth dogs, they like hunting and searching for things. I have found numerous dead mice and birds on my patio that she found. But this also can cause them to dig. It's not fun teaching a dog that digging is not ok but there are many helpful tips you can find for that. But don't be surprised if it occurs. One is I had was that I didn't socialize her enough with other dogs and as she grew older that caused her to be very aggressive with any dog I came into contact with. They are very territorial and possesive. Many times I've had to keep her from getting into trouble with bigger dogs. I will add a picture of here to the comment soon so you can see her.
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
The Welsh Terrier should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The Welsh Terrier is untiring. It needs to be taken for a daily walk or jog. It is always ready to play with a ball and to run and gambol off the leash in the open countryside. The Welsh Terrier likes to chase after anything that moves. Take caution when letting these dogs off their lead.
This breed is bright enough to learn quickly, yet cunning enough to try to divert you from your intentions. Provide consistency and constant variety during training.