welsh terrier breed information
common health issues
The Welsh Terrier was originally known as the Old English Terrier or Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier. He was developed in Wales as a sporting dog, for hunting badger, fox and otter. Prescott Lawrence first brought him to North America in 1888, where he gained some popularity. Caroline Kennedy had a Welsh Terrier named Charlie.
A typical terrier, he is friendly, spirited and intelligent, with some spunk and stubbornness tossed into the mix. He can adapt well to city or country living, though he may be best suited for a young, active family. Though he plays well with children, he can be a bit rough, so training him to be gentle with little ones would be wise. Exercise is also essential to avoid mischief, but it’s easy to keep him occupied if you challenge him with a variety of outdoor activities, including swimming.
Compact and quick, weighing around 20 lbs., the Welsh Terrier has a short, wiry, black-and-tan colored coat. Because he does not shed, his coat needs to be raked or plucked several times a year, and his bushy beard should be combed to be kept tidy.
Smarts aside, Welsh Terriers are still prone to some hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — and your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Welsh Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as lens luxation and glaucoma; skin conditions such as allergic dermatitis; and joint problems such as aseptic necrosis of the femoral head.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Welsh Terrier inherits anything more than a terrier’s tenacity, you’re covered.