What Is a Welch Terrier?


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Originating in Wales, the Welsh Terrier dog was bred for hunting fox, rodents, otters and badgers, and are of a medium size, weighing between 20 and 22 pounds. A popular show dog in the United States and England, the dogs have a distinctive brick shaped face and docked tail. Their coats have a wire-like texture, and their coloring is tan and black.

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Welsh Terriers, also known as Old English Terriers, are known for having a spirited and friendly temperament. The breed is highly intelligent, and these dogs tend to get along well with children and other dogs. Welsh Terriers are very independent, so it can be difficult to house train them. They like to swim and dig, and they need regular exercise to remain healthy and calm. These terriers excel in agility and flyball competitions, and they also take part in search and rescue missions.

Bred as a work dog, the Welsh Terrier did not appear in British dog shows until the 19th century. Although it is a popular show dog breed, the Welsh Terrier was on the United Kingdom's list of breeds in danger of dying out, as of 2014. At that time, there were fewer than 300 registered puppies.

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