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Welsh Terrier

Breed origin: Wales
Original purpose: Hunting otters, foxes, and badgers.

AKC recognized: 1888
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: 20 to 22 lbs
Size: Height: males 15 to 15½ inches; females proportionally smaller
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Color: Black (or grizzle) and tan.

Life span: 12 to 13 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Welsh Terrier is alert, aware, spirited, friendly, intelligent, courageous, and outgoing. They have a desire to please and are fairly easy to handle. But on the other hand, they tend be assertive and require patience and a persistent approach to obedience train. They have high energy levels and need plenty of exercise. If bored, they might become destructive. They typically have a hunting instinct, and will chase anything that moves, including cats.

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Good with children? Yes with older children, but need to be taught not to play too rough with them.

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? No

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Grooming requirement: Brush frequently to remove dead hairs. They are minimal shedders if kept well groomed. Baths are seldom needed.

Known health problems: Epilepsy, glaucoma, allergies, hypothyroidism.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Welsh Terrier (A Comprehensive Owners Guide)
By Bardi McLennan
Published in 2005
160 pages

The Welsh Terrier Leads the Way
By Bardi McLennan
Published in 1999
300 pages

Welsh Terrier
By Hugh Owen
Published in 2004
160 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Welsh Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Welsh Terrier Rescue

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