Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Welshie; WT
The Welsh Terrier may be one of the oldest purebred terriers, and it is certainly one of the most practical for many families. Terriers were dogs developed to chase and dig in to go after sometimes dangerous game like rats and foxes, so they tend to share a bold, independent spirt and a certain tenacity. The ideal owner will know how to manage a confident, spirited dog with kindness and respect, and you'll certainly need to have time to exercise this energetic individual. However, many owners report that this smallish terrier is a bit calmer and easier to manage than many of its cousins. It could be an excellent choice for the first-time terrier owner.
Appearance / health:
The Welsh Terrier looks like a scaled down version of the Airedale Terrier. The breed is compact but rugged, and has a wiry coat with a long and flat head. It has bushy eyebrows, mustache, and beard. The Welsh Terrier’s muzzle is squared at the end and deeper than that of the Fox Terrier. Its V-shaped ears fold forward. It has a black nose, and small, dark almond shaped eyes. It has small and rounded catlike feet. The back of the Welsh Terrier forms a straight level line.
The breed requires considerable upkeep despite the fact that it does not shed. It requires brushing and combing several times every week. The abrasive hair on its coat requires regular trimming by a professional, once every three months. The trimming takes three to four hours. Like other dogs, the Welsh Terrier also needs regular cutting of its nails, brushing of the teeth, and cleaning of its ears. Bathing, though, is not required on a regular basis. Dogs that are required to compete at shows will need to be groomed even more than the non-show dogs.
The Welsh Terrier does not require lots of physical exercise. However, daily walks and play sessions are essential.
The Welsh Terrier is prone to several disorders like glaucoma, allergic conditions of the skin, and thyroid abnormalities. Proper care, diet, and exercise will help to prevent several health issues.
Behavior / temperament:
Welsh Terriers are inquisitive, intelligent dogs that train quite easily. They are generally quite brave but some tend to be timid when touched unexpectedly. They tend to dig and can be quite territorial. Unlike other terriers, the Welsh Terrier is not scrappy and is very well behaved.
Welsh Terriers are bright and training them is not difficult. They are not given to blind obedience, but as a hunting breed, it can "think for itself." Training is most effective when the trainer is able to create in the Welsh Terrier a desire to please the owner. The trainer needs to occasionally introduce variety in the training to challenge the dog in different ways
absolutely beautiful creature, good watchdog, amazing snuggles, great temperament, truly loyal dog
single apartment dweller, frequent grooming.Freddy, high strung, Energy, bathing
wiry top coat, sturdy package, Feisty Little Welshie, highenergy dog, typical small terriers
Maggie the Welsh Terrier - A Lovable Pain
Having a Welsh Terrier is not for the faint of heart. I wouldn’t recommend them to someone who has never owned a stubborn breed. They may be small, but they are chock-full of attitude. When we got Maggie, a Welsh Terrier was not my choice for a dog. As a puppy, she was a nightmare.
The worst thing I remember about her being a puppy was her argumentative nature. She didn’t like hearing the word “no”, and Maggie was the first puppy I ever owned that would talk back to me. If she was getting into something that she shouldn’t have and I’d tell her no, she would bark at me. I could practically hear what she was saying because it was like dealing with an angry four year old.
Eventually we got her out of that habit. Instead, now she will purposefully find something that she knows she shouldn’t be chewing on and show it to us. She taunts us with it in order for one of us to get it out of her mouth. It’s a game to her and one that forces us to play. The fun part is to get it out of her mouth without her snapping. She will bite, but she typically won’t attempt to draw blood. It’s a habit that we have never been able to break.
Maggie loves to be on someone’s lap or held like a baby, but once she is comfortable, she doesn’t want to get down. If she is on my lap and I need to get up, she will growl and snap. As a puppy, those were one of the times when an argument would occur. Now she stops growling once her feet hit the floor.
As a puppy, she attached herself to a member of the family who happens to be a pilot. He’s gone three days out of the week. During that time, she is more of a pain then normal. She will even purposefully pee on the floor to show that she isn’t happy. This is why we have more dogs in the house so she doesn’t get lonely and it helps this behavior.
Maggie’s temperament runs hot and cold. She loves to cuddle as long as you don’t get up. She is good with other dogs, but it can take some time for her to get used to them, especially if they poke around her at first. The same goes for kids, but she gets confused around smaller children. She has been known to nip at toddlers, and she can be good with older kids as long as they don’t annoy her too much. I’ve never thought of Welsh Terriers as family dogs, but they do teach respect to kids that get too careless.
Maggie is a difficult dog. She is stubborn. She loves to bark at night for no reason. She will find the smelliest spot in the backyard for a good place to roll around. There were a couple moments in her puppyhood where she was too much for us, but she is a good dog ninety percent of the time. Anyone who is prepared for a Welsh Terrier has to prepare to act as if they are taking care of a child with a stubborn and defiant personality, because that is exactly how Maggie grew up. Overall, I recommend her for a strong single person household, due to the fact that she is attaches to her owner and loves attention from them..
From CSRandolph Aug 19 2015 3:36PM
Probably the most useful supplement of all
Omega3 acids have been shown to help in many health conditions, the most for these 5:
- Inflammatory skin disorders (including allergies)
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Renal disease
- Cognitive function and neurological health
You should use them even if your dog doesn't have any pressing health issues, especially if your dog doesn't get enough of them from diet.
In order to get the therapeutic effect you need to dose them correctly, for this you need to consult your vet, so they can recommend the dose and product you should use.
Keep in mind this is not a short term treatment, omega3 fatty acids have a buildup period of 6-8 weeks before they reach high enough concentrations in your dogs body, and they need to be used all the time, if you make a pause, then you need a buildup period again, and your dogs health might deteriorate if it benefited from omega 3 supplementation.
To sum up:
- Consult your vet about the dose.
- Use products that contain both EPA and DHA in highest concentration possible and right ratio.
- Don't use on and off but permanently..
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 138 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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