Welsh Terrier

  • Overview

    These spirited terriers only weigh about 20 pounds, but they pack a lot of energy into their medium-sized bodies. Welsh Terriers demand plenty of exercise and play time, and they will make their owners notice them with their humorous, active behavior.

    The Welsh Terrier is an active, entertaining breed who will do best in active households where his owners appreciate his antics and are able to commit to training and grooming him consistently.

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  • Personality

    Welsh Terriers are slightly less agitated than other terriers, but they still enjoy outsmarting their owners. They can be crafty, so they like entertaining play that keeps them engaged. Welsh Terriers are rambunctious dogs who love being the center of attention and receiving praise for their exuberant personalities. Although these dogs love to cuddle and play with their owners, they are not overly needy for affection. They prefer to receive attention for their amusing antics. They are content to amuse themselves in the yard or by playing with toys, but they will need to be watched to make sure they don't cause any mischief.

    These dogs are creative thinkers who love to solve their own problems and develop their own way of doing things. They aren't necessarily focused on pleasing their owners, so training should be kept fun and engaging. Training works best when the Welsh Terrier is tricked into thinking that obeying his owner's commands is his idea. Perky, energetic Welsh Terriers love activity. They have the most fun while running, playing and chasing. Even when they receive an adequate amount of exercise, they still love to occupy themselves by chasing and rough-housing inside. These lithe little guys feel a constant desire to explore and they love being up high above the action. Don't be surprised to find them climbing on the furniture to get a better view.

  • Coat Care

    These compact little terriers have hard, wiry outer coats that help them stay water-resistant during exploratory romps outdoors. Their under coat is soft and dense but not too pronounced. They have black jackets and tan legs and faces. It will make the grooming experience much easier if you help your Welsh Terrier become comfortable with brushing and grooming when he is a puppy so that he does not behave rambunctiously during grooming sessions.

Brushing

Welsh Terriers need to be brushed frequently to remove dead hairs and help them maintain their shape.

Bathing

With preparation, perseverance and a positive attitude, bathing can become a fun and fulfilling part of the regular grooming cycle, while helping your dog avoid many diseases and infections.

The general rule of thumb for dog bathing is every three months but wire-coated dogs can be done with greater frequency, often within a four-to-six week range. The coat should end up fresh smelling, shiny, with no loose or shedding hair. First give the dog a good brushing to remove dead hair and mats. Place a rubber mat in the tub to provide secure footing and fill the tub with three to four inches of lukewarm water. Use a spray hose, pitcher or unbreakable cup to wet the dog, taking caution to avoid getting water in the eyes, ears and nose. Massage in pet shampoo, saving the head for last. Immediately rinse thoroughly, starting with the head to prevent soap from dripping into the eyes. Towel dry. The coat should be fresh smelling, with no loose or shedding hair.

Hair Clipping

The Welsh Terrier's coat should be stripped every 6 weeks if it is not clipped.

Nails

Many dog owners are apprehensive about trimming their dog’s nails because they are nervous about cutting into the quick. But with the right conditioning and careful cutting, nail clipping can be a simple, stress-free activity for you and your dog.

Provide your dog with plenty of positive reinforcement and even treats to help associate nail clipping with a positive experience.  As you start to clip, gently press on your dog’s paws to help him become accustomed to the feeling of having his nails clipped. Then, work gradually, shaving down just a thin portion of the nail at first to make sure you don’t reach the quick. Clip one nail, reward your dog with a treat, and stop to give him some positive reinforcement before moving on. Gradually increase the number of nails you clip in one sitting to help your dog get used to the process. Never trim extremely long nails down to a short nail in one sitting, because this is an excellent way to accidently quick the dog’s nail. Instead, work gradually, shaving small portions of your dog’s nails off each time.

You can tell if you’re getting close to the quick by the texture of your dog’s nail. The nail is hard closer to the surface and becomes softer as you get closer to the quick. If your dog’s nail starts to feel softer, that’s a good indication that you’re getting close to the quick.

Eyes / Ears

Not all breeds and coat styles require routine trimming in and around the eyes and ears but all should undergo regular inspection and cleaning around these sensitive areas. Doing so will help prevent the development of infections that could seriously damage these amazing organs.

It is always important to routinely clean your dog's eyes and ears, and examine for potential infections. Wire coated dogs have sensitive ears covered in hair that  need to be checked weekly for infection and cleaned with a cotton ball. Gently wipe a cotton ball moistened with mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel in your dog's ear, being careful to avoid the ear canal. Never use a Q-Tip, which could cause damage to the inner ear if your dog suddenly shakes or jerks his head. Bushy hair growth within the ear can be thinned with tweezers or blunt scissors. Use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around the eyes, ears and face. West Highland Terriers and other small terriers with white coats are prone to developing tear stains around the eyes, so clean around their eyes with a cotton ball or soft cloth and use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around their eyes.

Teeth

Many owners do not realize how important it is to brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. Some dogs are prone to dental problems and sensitive teeth, especially small dogs with tiny teeth and dogs with special diets. These problems can be easily combatted with frequent brushing.

Cavities are rare with dogs but gum disease caused by tartar buildup is not, which is why they require regular brushing with toothpaste and a toothbrush formulated specifically for dogs. While daily brushing is ideal, doing so on a weekly basis will be a big help in avoiding the need to bring your dog to a veterinarian for a cleaning, which usually has to be done under sedation.