Welsh Terrier Grooming

Welsh Terrier Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 9 – 9.5kg (20 – 21lbs).
Female – 9 – 9.5kg (20 – 21lbs).

Average Height:
Male – up to 39cm (15in).
Female – up to 39cm (15in).

Coat:
Double coat – wiry, dense outer coat and soft under coat.

Average Life Span:
10 – 14 years.

Average Litter Size:
3 – 6 puppies.

Welsh Terrier Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
Many believe that Welsh Terrier grooming doesn’t require much effort as the coat looks quite natural and capable of taking care of itself.  However, to keep it looking its best you will to do undertake weekly care at home, plus more in-depth grooming every few months or so.  This includes a trim of the Welsh Terrier to remove dead hairs and there are two methods to choose.  Few owners choose to clip their dog, with the main practice being hand stripping.  This is where the dead hairs are plucked out by hand; it is essential to do this as there is very little moulting involved with this breed.  At first you are likely to want a professional to do this, while you observe, as it can be tricky and can cause pain if done incorrectly.  Over time you may feel confident enough to undertake this Welsh Terrier grooming task yourself.

If you choose to neglect Welsh Terrier grooming then it will become extremely noticeable quite quickly.  As the coat grows, more dead hairs will start to appear and if left they will start to tangle with each other, causing mats.  With such a wiry coat, as this terrier has, these can become extremely unmanageable to the extent that the only option is to cut them out.  Therefore, regular bushing is required by you, the owner.  This won’t take up much of your time and will only need doing once or twice a week.   Using a slicker brush, simply go over the coat in a regimented manner to ensure you cover all areas.  The function of this is threefold: firstly it will remove any loose hairs that may have broken off, secondly it will help untangle any small mats that have formed and finally it will bring out the natural oils in the coat, giving it a nice shine.  This part of Welsh Terrier grooming is also a great bonding time between you and your dog.

Along with these main Welsh Terrier grooming tasks there are other aspects that you, or a professional, will need to take care of.  These can be seen as basic housekeeping tasks that need doing to keep your dog happy and healthy.  Included in this list will be nail trimming, a delicate task that is vital so that your dog is not in pain when walking.  You may also find that you need to wipe away tears from the eye area to prevent staining on the light coat.  While brushing and coat stripping will take care of the majority of the coat, occasional scissoring may be required around the feet and beard to keep them in shape.  If you struggle with any part of Welsh Terrier grooming, ask a professional for help.

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