Welsh terrier breeding - see where to buy a purebred dog
The Welsh Terrier is an old British breed, descended from two extinct breeds - the wirehaired terrier with a black and tan coat and the Old English terrier, which were popular in Britain even in the Middle Ages. They were probably found in the British Isles along with the Celtic tribes. They were used to exterminate mice and rats in farmyards and for hunting small game. Today they are mainly companion dogs, although the hunting line is by no means lost. We bring the Welshman closer.
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Welsh Terrier - breed history, exterior description
Around the 18th century, it was considered that the two terriers - Wirehair and Old English - were basically not much different, especially as cross-breeds between them quite often took place. They were called Welsh Terriers from the beginning of the 19th century and were still bred for hunting and pest control. In 1886, the British Kennel Club recognized the breed and the planned breeding of the Welsh Terrier began.
For a more elegant silhouette, the wire of the Wirehaired Fox Terrier was added. This resulted in the emergence of two types of dog, one of which is today's Welsh and the other is the Lakeland Terrier. They differ in color. The Welsh terrier is black and tan, there is no clear border between black and tan, moreover, the tan is intensely red, heavily saturated. The Lakeland Terrier has a lighter, fawn tan, but it can also be all fawn, just like the Irish Terrier, whose color is more intense - falling into red.
Both breeds, both Welsh and Lakeland, are currently used as companion dogs, although their strong, "terrier" character and strong hunting instincts make hunters use them as wild and hunting dogs to this day. Nevertheless, these breeds are not covered by the work obligation, although they may optionally take part in competitions and evaluation of hunting work. Years ago the Welshman was a tenant of the White House - a dog of this breed named Charlie was owned by President John F. Kennedy.
Welsh Terrier - description of appearance
The Welsh is a compact, well-proportioned, medium-sized terrier. The skull is flat and wide between the ears, the stop is not very pronounced. The nose is always black. The muzzle is of medium length, the teeth are strong and sound, with a strong grip. Scissor bite only - the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set vertically. Eyes small, dark, oval with a lively expression, round eyes undesirable. Ears small, V-shaped, with a fairly thick pinna, set quite high, carried forward, with edges close to the cheeks.
The tail is in proportion to the shape of the dog. Formerly copied, now copying is prohibited in Poland. However, at shows you can meet dogs with tailed tails, from breeding in countries where copying is allowed. The tail is well set, high, but not too cheerfully carried - both dug and uncut.
The Welsh coat is hard wire, abundant and compact, with two layers - no undercoat is a disadvantage. Black and tan or gray-black and tan, with no black markings on the fingers. The Welshman has a slightly different black with tan than the Austrian Shorthair Hound, where the distinction between pure black and tan is very clear. In Welsh, black below the ankles is extremely undesirable, the tan should be clean. Light and free movement, not by car, such as for example. brazilian mastiff.
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The Welsh is a small terrier, its height at the withers does not exceed 39 cm, and its body weight is 9 - 9.5 kg - it is smaller and lighter than the Irish or Austrian hound. The dog is slightly stronger than the bitch, although the dimorphism in this breed is not strongly marked - unlike the aforementioned Brazilian Mastiff, in which the dog - the male must clearly differ from the bitch. If you're looking for more inspiration, check out too Articles about terriers collected here.
Character, disposition, care, health and breeding of the Welsh Terrier
Welsh Terrier - character
The Welsh is an intelligent dog, but - like a terrier - stubborn and has its own opinion. He has inexhaustible energy and is very hardworking. He is very sociable and attached to the guardian, but tries to "get on his head " and takes advantage of every weakness. Therefore, it requires a gentle but consistent guide. He is a daring and courageous dog, open to people, although even small puppies require proper socialization.
Welsh has a good relationship with children, but does not allow for too intrusive caresses (e.g. does not allow himself to be messed up) and is able to scold, although it will not bite, rather scare you. He behaves similarly in contacts with strangers. However, it all depends on his upbringing. It tolerates other pets well if it is brought up with them from an early age. He treats other dogs peacefully, as long as he is not provoked to a fight. Be careful that it does not happen, because Welsh does not have a habit of letting go, which in the case of hitting a much larger opponent may have unpleasant consequences.
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The temperament of the Welshman, which is in the hands of the hunter, finds an outlet in the forest. He is an excellent savage and an equally good hunter. A non-hunting dog can do great on the agility track because it is agile, lively and fast. Ultimately, he can be occupied with, for example, throwing and retrieving the ball. However, it requires running out or one longer walk during the day. Otherwise, he will find himself an occupation that does not necessarily suit the owner - e.g. biting shoes, tearing wallpaper or tearing an armchair. Left alone, especially a puppy without laying, it will terrorize the whole house.
Welsh Terrier care, health and breeding
Caring for a Welshman is not complicated. You have to brush it every few days, and always after a walk, when he was running over the bushes and he could get caught in the velcro hair. The dog is always brushed after spraying with a conditioner for wirehaired dogs, which does not soften the hair, and at the same time has an antistatic effect and facilitates detangling. Dry combing can cause static and "popping" of the hair, which is unpleasant for both the dog and the person who combs it, and also leads to brittleness.
Non-exhibition dogs can be shaved several times a year, but this treatment makes the hair soft and loses color intensity. However, dogs that take part in shows need to be trimmed. Welsh does not shed and this treatment deprives it of dead topcoat hair and undercoat, which - not removed - clumps and felts, blocking air flow to the skin, contributing to inflammation. There are special grooming tools for trimming as well…
my own fingers, with which you pick out a dead hair spot next to the spot. It is quite an easy procedure and any owner can easily learn it.
Responsible breeding of the Welsh terrier (like any other breed) is based on:.in. only healthy individuals and genetically tested for hereditary diseases are allowed to reproduce. The Welsh is a breed that is prone to eye diseases and such tests should be performed by the parent couple. Diseases that should be excluded from breeding (although there is still no such requirement in Poland) are:
- Lens dislocation - rupture of ligaments securing the lens, causing its displacement. It occurs as a result of hereditary defects in the structure of the lens, is usually an emergency and requires prompt intervention by a surgeon. Diagnosis is made by examination through the pupil. Sometimes the condition is so serious that it requires the removal of the eyeball
- Primary glaucoma - bilaterally closed angle of filtration, resulting in a reduced outflow of aqueous humor from the eyeball, which in turn leads to an increase in intraocular pressure, degeneration of the retina and the optic nerve. If your puppy has pigmented tissue on the iris at the base of the cornea, it could be a predictor of the likelihood of glaucoma (though not necessarily the case). Glaucoma can be acute or chronic. Surgical and pharmacological treatment rarely gives any results
- Cataract (cataract) - progressive clouding of the lens, a condition quite common in older dogs, highly heritable.
Breeding a Welsh terrier is not difficult, bitches generally give birth well and without complications and the puppies are rather even. There are several breeding farms of this breed in Poland, including.in. Palmira Północy, z Dzikowy Las, Buszówka, Adriana 's Dogs. You can buy puppies from hunting parents and with hunting predispositions, but also only for companionship. The price of a Welsh depends on its origin, parents' titles, their achievements in hunting performance and the success of their offspring to date. The price of a foreign puppy is generally higher.