Description & History

The Welsh Terrier is derived from the broken-coated Old English Black-and-Tan Terrier. It is one of the oldest terrier breeds and is known to date back to the middle of the eighteenth century.

The Welsh Terrier was a hardy sporting and working dog that was bred to hunt all types of vermin. It used to accompany Welsh packs of Foxhounds and Otterhounds and was used in places that were inaccessible to hounds. Owing to its colour, it was easily mistaken by hounds as a fox and consequently a number of these plucky dogs lost their lives.

The breed also kept under control the polecat and badger which were abundant in Wales two hundred years ago.

In appearance it is said to resemble a miniature Airedale or Lakeland, but on close inspection it is seen to be different from these two breeds.

In 1885 the Welsh Terrier Club was formed and in 1886 the British Kennel Club recognised the breed.

As well as being a sporting dog, the Welsh Terrier like other terrier breeds has been successful in the show ring, not only in Great Britain but also in the United States. The breed also has a strong foothold in continental Europe where they are show dogs and pets.

They adapt themselves to town or country living, especially enjoying the latter as they are energetic little dogs.

Rosamund Walters.

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