Are Welsh Terriers hypoallergenic dogs?
Yes. Welsh Terriers hardly shed. Being a non-shedding dog means that they’re less likely to bother people with allergies. (Even dogs considered to be non-shedding may sometimes shed a little tiny bit).
What do Welsh Terriers look like?
Welsh Terriers are medium sized, stocky dogs that are light brown with a black saddle on their back. If you’ve ever seen an Airedale terrier, Welsh Terriers basically look like small Airedales. They have ears that are folded over – like triangles on top of their head, and long flat faces with scruffy hair around their snout.
Is the Welsh Terrier right for me?
Probably not. These dogs definitely aren’t for everyone, because they have what’s known as the “terrier temperament”. They’re extremely energetic, intelligent, and need a lot of activities in their life to be happy. They have a lot of that “terrier intensity” that drives people nuts.
Top 10 traits of the Welsh Terrier
- Welsh Terriers are intelligent
- They are exceptionally good-looking dogs. You’ll always get a compliment or two when you walk a Welsh Terrier!
- Unlike some terriers, Welsh Terriers are actually pretty good with kids because they have a fun, dorky, enthusiastic personality and they love to play.
- Welsh Terriers are always “on” and stay that way well into their later years. Some people find that kind of energy refreshing.
- These guys are a very sturdy, well-built dog. They’re very resistant to getting injured due to accidents with other dogs or kids.
- Welsh Terriers barely shed.
- Welsh Terriers are very loving dogs. They love their family and hate to be separated from them.
- This breed is really friendly to other dogs, and they’re even nice to strangers.
- Welsh Terriers are known to be very healthy dogs and they usually have a long lifespan.
- They’re not high maintenance when it comes to grooming.
Top 10 worst things about a Welsh Terrier (objectively speaking!)
- Welsh Terriers have a lot of energy to burn and they’re very intelligent. It can be hard to keep them well exercised and stimulated, every day, on a regular basis.
- These terriers don’t do well if you leave them home alone for long periods of time.
- Welsh Terriers are sensitive, so you can’t lose your temper during training, even if you know they’re being wilfully stubborn.
- They love to dig
- Most Welsh Terriers aren’t that into swimming
- Despite being highly intelligent, Welsh Terriers can be difficult to train because of their stubborn, independent streak.
- A Welsh Terrier will definitely chase your cat. Definitely.
- Having an extremely strong prey drive means that, at some point during its life, your Welsh Terrier is likely to bring you some small, dead animal. It’s not a good idea to leave them unattended with hamsters in hamster balls…definitely don’t do that.
- Welsh Terriers can be clever escape artists and are known to run off.
- These little dogs require a lot of training and socialization from an early age, and keeping up with their behavior is a full-time, life-long job.
How energetic is a Welsh Terrier?
Very! They’re athletic, playful, enthusiastic, and get easily bored.
Are Welsh Terriers easy to train?
Somewhat. Really, they’re better than a lot of other terriers out there. That being said, they still do have that terrier stubborn streak, which can make training difficult.
How do you groom a Welsh Terrier?
The best way to groom your Welsh Terrier is actually with a pumice stone. Pumice stones will strip away dead hair and debris from their coat. Every three months, take your Welsh Terrier to a groomer to get their coat hand-stripped.
How healthy are Welsh Terriers?
Quite healthy! These little terriers are known for being a very healthy, robust breed with a long lifespan.
How much do Welsh Terrier puppies cost?
Where can I find a Welsh Terrier puppy?
The best place to start looking is the Welsh Terrier Club of America. There, you can find reputable breeders and rescue organizations that specialize in Welsh Terriers. There’s a breeder list right on their home page here: https://welshterrier.org/