Welsh Terrier

     

Intro

The Welsh terrier is a dog that closely resembles the Airedale Terrier. This dog has a rectangular shaped head. The length of the muzzle takes up half the size of the head. The muzzle comes to a blunt end which gives rise to the nose. The nose ia always black in color. The teeth of the Welsh terrier are complete and meet in a level bite. This dog has small almond shaped eyes. The color of the eyes is dark. The exact color of the eyes is determined by the coat the dog has. The exact color of the eye sockets is however always black. The eyes are set wide apart from each other. The ears are close to the eye sockets that the dog has.

Its ears are V shaped and slightly seen to fold forward. In instances when the dog is alert, there is no folding that is seen. The feet of the dog resemble those of the cat. This dog has a level top line, this point to the fact that both the front and the back legs are equal in size. It is common practice to remove the dew claws. The tail is docked as it is said to improve the dog’s look. This practice has however been outlawed in most parts of the world.

Appearance

The coat of the Welsh terrier is a double coat. This means that it has a soft undercoat that lies close to the body and is dense3. It also has along overcoat that us wiry and hard to the touch. Common coat colors of the dog include black, tan, grizzle and a black coat that has markings on the back. Most puppies are born with a black color coat and the other colors form as the dog ages. Maximum height is 15 inches while weight should not exceed 21 pounds.

Temperament

The Welsh terrier is a willful, playful dog that is ever energetic at play. This dog loves to be around people that love it. It loves to play and can co well with children, even when the play becomes quite rough as they seem to enjoy even the most difficult of play sessions. This dog is also curious as it is courageous. It loves to keep active so it is important to ensure that the dog is well exercised.

Exercise needs are very crucial to be met for the Welsh terrier as lacks of exercising does not only bring about behavior problems, but puts the dog at risk of developing diseases associated with weight gain. It is for this reason that it is recommended that the dog should always be exercised. 30 minutes of exercise is recommended per day for the best results.

Natural authority must be practiced to ensure that behavior problems are not manifested as a result of poor leadership from the owner.

Health Problems

Skin irritations are common with the dog.

Mortality

Low levels of mortality seen throughout the life of the dog. Average lifespan is 10 – 12 years.

Grooming

Other than brushing, this dog needs to have its coat plucked twice or thrice a year.

Origin

This dog descended from the Back and Tan wire haired terrier, the Old English terrier and the Black wirehaired terrier. It was bred for hunting purposes.