Welsh Terrier FCI Standard
The Welsh Terrier was recognized by the Kennel Club (England) in 1855 and for the first time took part in a dog show in 1886. In 1888 the breed reached the United States and in that same year was acknowledged by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Gradually the popularity of the Welsh Terrier grew and its potential of being a show dog was discerned. The breeders realized a necessity for changes in breeding practices to make its appearance more appropriate for the show ring. They crossed the dog with the more exquisite Wire Fox Terrier to get the Welsh Terrier we know today.
The most of the Welsh Terriers are essentially kept as family companions but the breed preserves much of its hunting and digging drive. It has an opportunity to reveal its hunting and tracking talents in such competitive game as «Earth Dog». In this trial the dog is allowed to chase prey in the number of man-made tunnels.
The affectionate and tender Welsh Terrier is great in relationship with children. In most cases the dog is going to put up with rough play and won’t show signs of aggression.
It gets along with strangers as well but without timely socialisation can become shy and restrained when meeting new people. The Welsh Terrier is eager to protect its family and will make an excellent watchdog.
For hundreds of years the Welsh Terrier has been used to assist the pack of hounds in driving the prey, therefore it tolerates other canine animals and can live together with it relatively problems free. But remember that one your dog started to fight it won’t back down. On the other hand cats and other home pets are at significant danger in a presence of this dog as the hunting instinct still strongly controls its behaviour.
• eye problems;
• Addison’s disease;
• Cushing’s disease;
Important condition in the up-bringing of the dog is to assert a calm and confident authority. It’s also decisively important to set up concrete rules of behaviour from the early age.
Socialisation is integral part of the training process of the Welsh Terrier that should be introduced from the puppyhood to different situations, animals and people. It will guarantee absence of different issues with the dog’s manners, especially in unusual situation.