The Welsh Terrier looks like a small Airedale Terrier, compact and rugged-looking, with a wiry coat. The head is long, flat, and rectangular, with bushy eyebrows, mustache, and beard. The muzzle is squared at the end, never pointed. The V-shaped ears fold forward. The nose is black, and the almond-shaped eyes are small and dark. The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite (scissors bite is preferred). The cat-like feet are small and rounded. The top of the back forms a straight, level line. Dewclaws on front and back legs are removed. The harsh, wiry coat comes in tan with a black or grizzle jacket. Puppies are born all black. The extremities then lighten gradually, leaving a black "jacket." The tail is docked and carried gaily.
The Welsh Terrier was originally developed in Wales to hunt otter, fox, and badger in their dens and also to hunt with hounds in packs. The breed was probably an offshoot of the old British Black and Tan Terrier. The Welsh Terrier was first shown in England in 1884 and first imported to the United States in 1888. Today's Welsh Terrier is primarily a companion dog, but still retains his hunting ability.
Loving, loyal, and hardy. Curious and playful. Happy, energetic, and spunky. Best with a young, active family. Generally brave, though some tend to be timid when touched unexpectedly. Socialize well when young to combat this tendency. Some are very combative with other animals, while some are not quarrelsome at all.