The Welsh Terrier is an on the go fun dog. It likes a lot of exercise but can live in an apartment if she can get lots of long walks. She can do alright with pets and other dogs if extensively socialized when young. They generally love the family children that they are raised with. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Welsh Terrier is 14 to 15.5 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 20 to 21 pounds.

Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Welsh Terrier is no exception. Although considered a very healthy breed, be on the look out for lens luxation of the eyes and hot spots or allergic skin reactions. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

Grooming. The Welsh Terrier has a hard, thick and wiry coat. She should be brushed regularly. She will also need to be plucked several times a year. Professional grooming should be considered for this breed.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her nails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.

Life Span. The Welsh Terrier can live between 10 and 12 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

History. The Welsh Terrier comes from North Wales and the north of England where they were used to hunt. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1888.

  • Friendly, Spirited, Intelligent
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 107 of 191
  • Height: 15 inches (male), porportionally smaller (female)
  • Weight: 20 pounds, porportionally smaller (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Terrier Group

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