Welsh Terriers have a contagious zest for life, always enjoying themselves. Bred to hunt independently, with all the self-determination and intelligence that entails, the happy and lively Welshie rarely gets tired and wants to spend every day having fun, fun, fun. Their joy, attitude, and brains all add up to one wonderful package: a true Terrier.
Originally bred to hunt badgers, foxes, and otters, Welsh Terriers excel in agility, flyball, tracking, and obedience competitions – they are also involved in both search and rescue work and therapy. A lot of dog in a medium-sized package, first-time owners would do better with a less independent breed. Welshies are not for the faint of heart, or for those looking for a quiet companion or for instant obedience, which will come eventually, but with concerted effort. Welshies must burn off steam every day, making them perfect jogging companions. Welshies are terrific with kids. A word of caution: If you play with your Welsh Terrier inside the house, expect your dog to race around at other times as well. Once it becomes accepted behavior, they will launch off furniture whenever the mood hits.
Bred to be freethinking, like a child of the sixties – work with this trait instead of against it and you'll be rewarded. You'll succeed with fun, positive training that convinces your Welshie that you're the one in charge. Welshies can do well in homes with other dogs, but must be properly socialized. Due to their strong prey drive, they are not recommended for homes with small animals. Although it's not ideal, Welsh Terriers can live in an apartment. As watchdogs, they will bark at anything suspicious — which can be a problem in buildings with noise restrictions. A house with a small fenced yard is better suited, especially to accommodate their desire to dig.
Welshies enjoy being in high altitudes – and they will frequently relax on picnic benches and tables as proof!
Explore some Embark dogs that share Welsh Terrier ancestry.