Buying or Adopting a Welsh Terrier
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Is a DOG really the right pet for you?
I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.
Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?
Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:
Is a Welsh Terrier the right breed for you?
Are YOU right for a Welsh Terrier?
Can you provide what this breed needs?
- Someone home most of the day
- Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
- No young children in the household
- No dogs of the same sex in the household
- Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Welsh Terrier stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
- "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle, earthdog); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
- Trimming/clipping – every few months
- An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
- A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
- An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Welsh Terriers are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
- Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Welsh Terrier to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
- Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Welsh Terrier, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say
Should you get a male or female Welsh Terrier?
Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?
Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?
Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Welsh Terrier be?
Where can you buy or adopt a Welsh Terrier?
Welsh Terriers are not particularly common in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Welsh Terriers rank 111th.
Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might find a Welsh Terrier available from a Dog Rescue group. Welsh Terriers may be turned over to Rescue because of the dynamic traits that are common to all terrier breeds – scrappiness, bossiness, stubbornness, barking, chasing. Other Welsh Terriers are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.
Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Welsh Terriers are rarely found here. Welsh Terrier Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Welsh Terrier turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.
Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Welsh Terrier from a show breeder, who breeds Welsh Terriers to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You might also be able to buy a Welsh Terrier from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.
Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Welsh Terrier puppy should have:
- a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
- a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
- a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees
Also, at least ONE PARENT of a Welsh Terrier puppy should have:
- a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called primary lens luxation.
If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Welsh Terrier ends up blind and crippled.
Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Welsh Terriers are occasionally seen in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!
How To Choose a Good Welsh Terrier Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Welsh Terrier puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.
AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Welsh Terrier puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?
To help you train and care for your dog
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.