Welsh Terriers 2016 Wall Calendar
Welsh Terriers 2016 Wall Calendar

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Welsh Terrier
Bred by Shaireab's Bayleigh Welsh Terriers
Photo courtesy of Mike Spooner

Breed Registries:

Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Great Britain


15 inches (38 cm) for males and females are proportionately smaller.


20 lbs (9 kg) is average weight in working condition.

Breed Profile:

The Welsh Terrier, once known as the Old English Terrier or Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier, is a very old Welsh breed. He has always been a sporting dog used to hunt otter, fox and badger.

He is friendly, intelligent, outgoing, and eager to please. Although he has the typical busy and active Terrier nature, the Welsh Terrier is not as energetic as many of the Terrier breeds and as such makes a very good family companion. Because of his eagerness to please, the Welsh Terrier is normally very responsive to obedience and he also enjoys participating in such activities as agility and flyball.

In appearance, the Welsh Terrier closely resembles the Lakeland Terrier or a miniature version of the Airedale with a short, wiry coat that is dense, hard, short, close and abundant. His colour is always black and tan or black-grizzle and tan. He is a sturdy, compact and rugged dog of medium size. He moves at a trot typical to the long-legged terriers.

Health Issues

The Welsh Terrier is generally a very healthy breed; however, no breed is without its health problems. A few of the health concerns found in the Welsh Terrier breed include:

If you are considering the adoption of a Welsh Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Welsh Terrier

Bred by Shaireab's Bayleigh Welsh Terriers
Photo courtesy of Mike Spooner

Grooming Information

The Welsh Terrier's wiry and dense coat needs regular grooming including weekly brushing to maintain the coat in a healthy condition.

  • Trimming the Welsh Terrier — From the Welsh Terrier Club of Great Britain
  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

Training Tools & Equipment
Choose from a wide variety of items from Dogwise.com

Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More