Welsh Terrier


Other names Welshie

Adult size Small, Medium

Variants None

Coat type Short hair, Medium hair

Weight 9 - 10 kg

Height 35 - 39 cm

Life expectancy 12 - 15 years

Required daily excersie At least 30 minutes

Good with small children No

Non-shedding No

Hypoallergenic No


A terrier in every sense, like many of its relatives the Welshie was originally bred to hunt rats, foxes, and badgers. With a long and rich history, it is claimed that the Welsh Terrier may even be the oldest breed in the UK still in existence. This breed also has quite a noble history in lands abroad – John F Kennedy famously owning a Welsh Terrier named Charlie during his time in office. Independent and strong-willed, these dogs are full of energy and have personality in spades. Appearance wise, Welshies have a compact build and a ‘brick-like’ face. Their coat is primarily black during the puppy stage, splashes of tan appearing a bit later in their development.

Lifestyle and Living Environment

As is the case with all terriers, it is not recommended that homes with particularly young children consider this breed. Although renowned to be great playmates for kids of an older age, these dogs do not react well to being teased or irked and may snap in such cases. If properly exercised (for at least 30 minutes per day) these dogs are able to live comfortably in an apartment-type setting. Regular walks are a great way for these dogs to expend their energy, owners encouraged to keep their Welshie secured to their leash as they may try to chase after smaller animals. At times a combative breed, early socialisation is essential for these dogs to develop a temperament accepting of other dogs and animals.

Common Health Issues

Allergies, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Hypothyroidism.