Illustration of Welsh Terrier

An early name for the breed was the Welsh Black and Tan Rough Coated Terrier – and that is a very accurate description, now compressed into its present title. The broken coated black and tan terriers of the 18th Century were influential behind many terrier breeds and the huntsmen of Wales stayed true to this colour, adding Irish Terrier and Airedale and later the Lakeland to reduce size and add some refinement in the development of breed type.

The breed was used on fox, otter and badger and was often used by hunts, running alongside hounds.

The first breed club was formed in 1885 in Pwllheli when the first breed show was held.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.

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