Welsh Terrier

  • Group 3: Terrier
  • Section 1 Large and medium sized Terriers
  • Without working trial

Great Britain

39 cm

9-9.5 kg

The Welsh Terrier is one of the FCI recognized British breed (FCI Group 3, Section 1, Standard No. 78).

Origin and History

The Welsh Terrier originates from Wales. Origins of these dogs type extend into the 10th century. His predecessor was called Black and Tan Terrier, in 1737 the name Carnarvonshire Welsh Terrier is mentioned. These dogs were kept primarily for hunting fox, badger and otter. The systematic breeding of the breed began in the early 19th century in England and led to the 1886 founding of the first Welsh Terrier Club, which set the until now only slightly changed the breed standard. Some confusion arose from the fact that the English Kennel Club, the race first together with the Old English Black and Tan Wire Haired Terrier, a now extinct, like the appearance race, allowed. This breed has nothing to do with the terrier over the centuries in the remote Welsh valleys resulting Welsh. In America, the Welsh Terrier was therefore performed until 1901 under the name of Old English Terrier. After Germany came the Welsh Terrier in the early 20th century, in 1931 the first Welsh Terrier in the Terrier Club eV were recorded. Originally a hunting dog, the Welsh Terrier is now mostly kept as family and companion dog, but still also used for hunting.


The Welsh Terrier is one with its 39 cm and up to 9.5 kg of the medium sized dogs. His hair, consisting of the undercoat and the wire hair, the so-called " English Jacket", are wiry and dense colors: Black and Fawn or Black Grey and Fawn. To maintain the desired appearance of the skin 3-4 times has trimmed a year, not shorn, be; more grooming, especially showering or shampooing is neither necessary nor useful. Its appearance is very similar to that of the much larger Airedale Terriers, however, a close relationship is not. Its general appearance is described in the breed standard with " research, skillful, balanced and compact ."


The essence of the Welsh Terrier can usually be described as affectionate, obedient and biddable. It combines the properties being cheerful and moody with a certain boldness and fearlessness, and shows itself rarely shy. The Welsh Terrier may in this case be not aggressive, although he at any time, if necessary, can hold their own.

Health aspects

When Welsh Terrier is prone to a genetic weakness of the suspensory of the eye lens and thus to a shift lens, possibly with secondary glaucoma. For the detection of this eye disease, there is a genetic test.