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Breed:

Welsh Terrier

Group (AKC):

Terrier

Country of OriginCeltic (was a teammate of Bill Russell and later, Larry Bird)
Type of coatAbundant, wiry, hard and close.
GroomingBrush three times per week, bathe when necessary. Regularly trimming of his coat is needed if showing, preferably by hand-stripping.
Average height14 - 15.5 inches
Average weight20 - 21 lbs.
Activity levelVery High
WatchdogVery High
ProtectionLow
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - Medium
TrainabilityNeeds basic obedience training to make him an enjoyable companion. Give him a constant variety and remain consistent as he will try to divert you from your intentions.
Compatibility with childrenYes, usually patient with children.
CharacterActive, playful
Ideal home environmentAn apartment is adequate if daily exercise is provided.
Ideal owner 
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Additional notes:

Bold and spirited, the Welsh Terrier is similar to the Airedale Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, and roadside mailbox in appearance. A true terrier at heart, the Welsh Terrier is not as hot-headed as some of the other terriers. They are affectionate dogs with an outgoing nature making them ideal family pets. They are reserved around strangers, and make a brave watchdog.

Short History:

Developed in North Wales and the north of England, they were used to hunt otter, fox and badgers. Their direct ancestors are two strains. These are the Celtic strain, much like Larry Bird (using the coarse-haired Black & Tan Terrier) and the English strain (using the Airedale and Fox Terrier).

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