Welsh Terrier Articles
The Welsh Terrier is a dog of medium size that has a very characteristic wire-textured coat; it looks similar to an Airedale Terrier. He is compact and sturdy with a tan head, under body and legs; there is either a black or grizzle jacket. More often than not, the tail is docked and gives the dog an overall square appearance; he is roughly as long as he is tall. Since he is a long-legged terrier, he has a very typical terrier "trot", which gives the semblance of being effortless. As far as personality, he is outgoing and friendly to dogs and people; he demonstrates great courage and spirit. He shows a desire to please and is both intelligent and capable of great self-control. He has a very characteristic "Welsh Terrier expression", which has been described as alert, confident and steady. [...]
Terriers are a group of dogs that has a well documented history and purpose and which includes a wide variety of dog breeds. These dogs were mostly developed in the British Isles to hunt and kill vermin, such as rats, foxes or any other game that could damage crops or wreak havoc on farms. These dogs were bred to be small and sturdy, so that they could follow their prey into dens and burrows. Once they gained in popularity, they were also used on hunts. Larger hunting dogs, usually hounds, would chase quarry that would often hide in small spaces or dens; the terriers would be released and they would "go to ground", or enter the small hiding places, to flush out the hunted animal. [...]
Welshies seem to be a favorite among dog enthusiasts; they are very intelligent dogs and do well with children, if properly trained. They are quite willing to please and love their family. Many people who must often leave the dog at home during work and/or school hours report that, if properly trained, the Welsh Terrier doesn't find it difficult to remain alone for extended periods of time; as long as he is exercised sufficiently when his family is home, he is a well-balanced, well-behaved dog. Despite these positive opinions of the breed, though, there are still some complaints regarding the Welshie. [...]
Territoriality is a natural characteristic in dogs, one which hails all the way from their wolf ancestors. In the wild, wolves would patrol their territories to collect vital information, such as the availability of food and water and the presence of intruding animals; intruding animals were a serious threat, given the fact that they could both compete for resources and harm young. Everyone knows that wolves, and dogs, mark their territory by urinating or defecating in certain areas. Your dog considers his home and the area surrounding his home as his territory; he will also consider the places you visit when taking him on a walk as his territory. [...]
Welsh Terriers are relatively healthy dogs, though they may be prone to allergic reactions; actually dogs in general tend to be highly susceptible to a variety of allergic reactions. And while people often get runny noses and watery eyes when suffering from allergies, dogs will develop skin problems. A dog suffering from allergies may display an unhealthy looking coat, either in texture or in length, he may obsessively scratch and chew at his itchy skin, or he may develop things called hot spots. [...]
Welsh Terriers were bred for a very specific job: to hunt and kill vermin that dared disturb their master's farm. As with many dog occupations, nowadays, there isn't much call for a Welsh Terrier to dispatch vermin, especially in suburban or urban areas. What's more, there are quite a number of animal rights organizations that have been successful at having terrier jobs regulated or even banned. So what's a Welsh Terrier to do with all those pent up instincts for chasing little critters? Get involved in Earthdog tests! [...]
The Welsh Terrier possesses the typical terrier temperament and can be quite a handful for the first time dog owner. He can be feisty, scrappy, prone to barking, and just a wire-haired ball of hyperactive energy. With proper breeding and firm training, though, the Welshie is a very entertaining and devoted companion; they have been known to do well in a variety of settings, including suburban, urban and rural environments. If properly trained, the Welsh Terrier can also be left alone for an extended period of time, while family members go to work or school. [...]
Dogs are like people; each has his own distinct personality. That is why you may get a dog slightly different than the breed standard with regards to temperament, though the breed standard is a very good indication of the AVERAGE characteristics of a dog of that breed. Breeding and training also play a very important role in the dog's behaviors; dogs from reputable breeders will resemble the breed standard much more than those you find at pet shops or from "backyard breeders." If a dog isn't trained, his behavior may diverge completely from the breed standard and all the reasons why you chose a particular breed will get thrown out the window. [...]
The Welsh Terrier was developed in Wales in order to hunt badger, fox, otter and other vermin. Like all terriers, he had to have gameness in order to follow these animals into their burrows and fight them when they turned around to attack the dog. Indeed, the majority of these creatures would engage in a fight to the death with dogs that entered their burrows, as they often felt cornered, with no way out but to fight. Terriers not only had to be brave enough to participate in the fight, but also have the tenacity to continue fighting even if they were badly wounded; any sign of weakness and the Welshie was not coming out of the den alive. [...]
The Welsh Terrier looks like a smaller version of the Airedale Terrier; some people believe it also looks similar to the Wire-Haired Fox Terrier.
[- ]Thirty-fifth president of the US John F. Kennedy had a Welsh Terrier named Charlie; some say the dog technically belonged to his daughter, Caroline.
It is not suggested to frequently bathe the Welsh Terrier; frequent bathing destroys the oils that make the Welshie's coat waterproof and smooths out his wire-haired texture. Many experts claim that Welshies can go their entire lives with 2 or 3 baths and not have any doggy odor. [...]