The Welsh terrier is a medium-sized terrier breed that is compact and well balanced. It has small, well set eyes which are dark in colour with small v-shaped ears set fairly high on the head and carried forward close to the check. Bushy eyebrows, a squared-off beard, and a moustache are some of the more prominent features of the Welsh terrier. The teeth form a regular scissor bite. The head is carried gracefully by a slightly arched medium-sized neck. It also features straight and muscular front legs with evenly muscular thighs that strongly carry the terrier’s body. Small and round cat-like feet provide adequate cushion. The tail is commonly docked and carried erect. It has a wiry, hard, very close and abundant double coat which protects the breed against dirt and the weather. The coat comes in black and tan or black grizzle and tan colours.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Welsh Terrier originated from Wales, England. It was developed during the late 1700s for hunting fox, birds and badgers and as a companion dog. It is believed to be bred from the coarse-haired Black and Tan terrier which has been in existence in England since the 13th century. At the same time, a similar dog known as the Old English broken-haired terrier was being used in northern England for the same purpose of hunting otters, fox and badgers, but the only difference is that it was believed to have come from the Airedale and Fox terrier. Because these two breeds were almost identical, they were classified together and became known as the Welsh terriers. Selective breeding further improved the lineage which was also later on crossed with the wire Fox Terrier that resulted in a breed identical to a miniature Airedale terrier. The breed was officially recognized in 1886 and the breed standard written in 1901. Since then, the popularity of the Welsh terrier increased and has become more common than its predecessors.
The Welsh Terrier is a happy, energetic, and is neither shy nor timid. It is a devoted and obedient companion but with a typical terrier temper. It has a natural yearning to please its family which makes it highly trainable. The breed can also be quite curious and sometimes independent which can also lead to a tendency to become mischievous at times. In addition, the Welsh Terrier is typically timid around strangers and its strong hunting instinct makes it prone to fight with other dogs and animals. This breed loves to go in the water, has a fond for digging and may also bark excessively. Bitches are especially difficult to housebreak.
The Welsh Terrier has an independent streak which may sometimes disobey commands so training should be consistent and firm. Early socialization is recommended to lessen the breed’s timidity. Although other lines may tend to be combative, socialization with other animals will lessen this tendency.
The wiry coat needs several times of brushing every week and clipped every three months and should only be bathed when necessary. Experts recommend a base diet with a mixture of fish, mutton, poultry, corn wheat and potatoes.
The Welsh Terrier is normally healthy and robust with no known hereditary issues. A healthy, well maintained Welsh Terrier has an average life expectancy between 10 to 12 years and characteristically remains active and alert even at an old age
The enormous amount of energy that the Welsh terrier possesses should be channelled to daily exercise. This highly energetic breed needs to be taken off its leash in a secured open space so that it can run about freely. It is not recommended for an apartment living although if given sufficient exercise, it will do equally as well. It is very active indoors and will do best living in a house with a secured yard. Never let the breed off leash in public places since it can chase other small animals.
It is a very patient breed and gets along well with children, with a playful attitude that loves following a child as it plays. The Welsh terrier loves playing with children and will typically last longer in play than the child.