WELSH TERRIER DOG

Far from its poorer red and black ancesters, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is a gallant showman and fun house-mate. 
A solid Terrier like a worker with a hard and thick jacket, the Welsh Terrier is a square built dog, with a solid trot, good amplitude, and a fearless, kind attitude. The head is rectangular, with a marked forehead, small “V” shaped ears that fold just over the upper line of the skull. The eyes are small, dark brown, quite separated. The muzzle is 1.5 times the skull’s length. The nose is black. The neck is moderate length and thickness, slightly arched and clean. The body has a good ribcage, and good substance; the front is straight, the shoulders long; the forelegs straight, with erect carpus; small, catlike feet. Hindquarters built to ease free movement, effortless, somewhat strong hocks and good angulations. The tail is docked, well inserted, to complete the dog’s square impression. The color of the coat is black (sometimes grayish) with tan at the limbs and head. The male is 38 cm to the withers and weighs about 10 kg.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
A serious clown, the Welsh Terrier is a bold Terrier breed, with a baggage full of stunts and antics to share. It owners consider it entertaining and sometimes tempting. As a Terrier, it has plenty of character; it has set ideas, although very original. It should be taught house rules and responds to a firm, consistent hand. It is very athletic and many times disorderly, and gets along with children, it is an excellent nanny.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
The Welshie weighs 170 to 226 g at birth, which is quite large considering the mother’s size. Litters are usually four to six; the record is ten puppies. The puppies are practically black. The small tan colored spots on the feet extend through the limbs as they grow, as well as the tan in the eyebrows extends over the head and ears. The dewclaws and tail are docked after three or four days. The tan colored pattern or grayish coat begins to emerge after a few weeks and lightens with maturity. The maximum height is reached after nine months, although complete maturity can take up to 18 months or two years. The ears should be small, “V” shaped, and not thin. During puberty fur change occurs, when the soft puppy hair is replaced by the hard Terrier hair. During this period it is important to brush more than usual. Early obedience training helps forming a manageable and more satisfied adolescent.
 
After five weeks, the small Welsh Terrier is still a little unstable. Choose a calm and kind puppy. Excitable puppies can turn into aggressive dogs
 
The Welsh Terrier are very aware of their environment and don’t like to be distracted by teaching. These lively, opportunist Terriers, are very intelligent and quite sensitive. Teach it the house rules and treat it with respect, and it will respond properly. 
 
HEALTH
The Welsh Terrier needs anti-flea baths, since its permeable coat doesn’t let sprays penetrate. It usually doesn’t have reactions to these treatments. Hair care is considerable, and regular plucking is necessary to avoid possible skin complications. Attention should also be paid to areas around the eyes and ears to avoid an excess hair to cause irritation. The Welsh Terrier can suffer allergies that affect the ears and chest. These allergies are related to synthetic fibers, so cotton beds and blankets can help. In veterinarian terms, the Welsh Terrier is blessed with very few problems. In part this is due to its limited breeding in devoted hands. We should check for entropion and chriptorchidism, but for the rest there are not specific problems in the breed. The Welsh Terrier can live ten or more years.
Breeders have always done a good job keeping the Welsh Terrier virtually free of congenital problems. The Welsh puppy loves people as much as other puppies: observe how the small rascals will look at you straight in the eye.