Welsh terrier

Other names: Welsh Terrier, Wales Fox

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The Welsh Terrier is a small, well-proportioned and compact dog. Its construction allows it to be both fast and agile. The gaits of the Welsh Terrier are characterized by straight and ample movements of the forelegs as well as the hindquarters.



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Hair type Short
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 9 kg to 10 kg From 36 cm to 39 cm
Male From 9 kg to 10 kg From 36 cm to 39 cm
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History of the breed

the   Welsh terrier   is, as its name suggests, originally from Wales . The breed was first developed for fox, badger, hare and otter hunting. It has the same origins as the Lakeland Terrier . The Welsh Terrier was presented for the first time in a dog show in the late eighteenth century.

The Welsh Terrier breed was recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1886, then definitively by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on October 23, 1954. Its official FCI standard in force was published on October 13, 2010.

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Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Welsh Terrier is a dog full of enthusiasm and joie de vivre . He is both affectionate and lively , so he gets along very well with children . Docile and hardworking, the Welsh Terrier is a dog that is easy to learn and manage. He is neither fearful nor aggressive, but knows how to be respected when necessary.

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The education of the Welsh Terrier does not involve any particular constraint, given its docility and the will it shows when it comes to work and learn. The methods of positive reinforcement , relying on encouragement and rewards, make it possible to educate the Welsh Terrier in the best conditions. It is also important to socialize it from an early age .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Welsh Terrier prefers wide open spaces and proximity to nature over cramped living environments, but can adapt to an urban setting if walked around enough. It is suitable for active masters, willing to take it for a walk and often stimulate it. It is not suitable for families who own rodents as pets, as it may have retained some of its burrowing instincts and therefore began to pursue them.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Welsh Terrier is a robust and healthy dog. There are nevertheless some predispositions to pathologies in this breed, in particular Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease (aseptic necrosis of the femoral head) and dermatomyositis.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Minor concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Welsh Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Welsh Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Welsh Terrier remains subject to an almost permanent molt, with continuous hair loss, but not significant. Its maintenance is not particularly restrictive and must be carried out on a regular basis.

It is recommended to brush the dog 2-3 times a week to get rid of dead hair and debris. He does not need frequent baths; a bath every 3 or 4 months , with a mild shampoo suitable for dogs.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Welsh Terrier is between 700 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Welsh Terrier is between 450 € and 650 €.

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The Welsh Terrier needs a high quality diet , appropriate for its age, size and level of exercise. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Welsh terrier   is an active dog and must therefore be able to benefit from long daily outings. He loves the game and appreciates the activities shared with his master.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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