FCI Standard No 78 / 19.01.2011 / EN
Welsh Terrier


ORIGIN : Great Britain..

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD : 13.10.2010.

UTILIZATION : Terrier.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 3 Terriers. Section 1 Large- and medium sized Terriers. Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

The Welsh Terrier is a breed with a truly working background, he is perhaps rather less exuberant than some of the other members of his group. Like so many of his cousins, he was originally used in hunting the fox, badger and even otter. The Welsh and Lakeland Terriers, which have considerable similarity, may well have had a common origin prior to the Roman invasion of Britain when their Celtic owners retreated to the Welsh mountains and the Lake District. He is a neat, workmanlike dog with a tight wiry coat normally of black and tan.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

Smart, workmanlike, well-balanced and compact.

BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT

Affectionate, obedient and easily controlled. Happy and volatile, rarely of shy nature. Game and fearless but definitely not aggressive although at all times able to hold his own when necessary

HEAD

CRANIAL REGION
Skull : Flat, of moderate width between ears.
Stop : Not too defined.

FACIAL REGION :

Nose: Black.
Muzzle: Medium length from stop to end of nose.
Jaws / Teeth: Jaws powerful, clean cut, rather deep and punishing; strong with perfect, regular scissor bite, i. e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Eyes: Relatively small, dark, expression indicative of temperament. A round, full eye undesirable.
Ears: V-shaped, small, leathers not too thin, set on fairly high, carried forward and close to cheek.

NECK

Moderate length and thickness, slightly arched and sloping gracefully into shoulders.

BODY

Back: Short.
Loin: Strong.
Chest: Good depth and moderate width. Well ribbed up.

TAIL

 

Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Well set on. Carried erect but not too gaily.
Undocked: Well set on. Carried erect but not too gaily. In overall balance with the rest of dog.

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS : Shoulder: Long, sloping and well set back.
Elbow: Perpendicular to body, working free of sides.
Forearm: Legs straight and muscular, possessing ample bone.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Upright and powerful.
Forefeet: Small, round and cat-like.

HINDQUARTERS :
General appearance: Strong.
Thigh: Muscular, of good length.
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Hocks well bent, well let down and with ample bone.
Hind feet: Small, round and cat-like.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

Fore-and hindlegs carried straight forward and parallel. Elbows move perpendicular to body, working free of sides, stifles turning neither in nor out.

COAT

HAIR : Wiry, hard, very close and abundant. Single coat undesirable.

COLOUR : Black and tan for preference, or black grizzle and tan, free from black pencilling on toes. Black below hocks most undesirable.

SIZE AND WEIGHT

Height at the withers : Not exceeding 39 cms.
Weight : 9 - 9,5 kgs.

FAULTS

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

NB : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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