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Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
13.10.2010.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Terrier.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 1Large and medium-sized Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Terrier
UKC
Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Welsh Terrier is a breed with a truly working background, he is perhaps rather less exuberant than some of the other members of his group. Like so many of his cousins, he was originally used in hunting the fox, badger and even otter. The Welsh and Lakeland Terriers, which have considerable similarity, may well have had a common origin prior to the Roman invasion of Britain when their Celtic owners retreated to the Welsh mountains and the Lake District.
He is a neat, workmanlike dog with a tight wiry coat normally of black and tan.
UKC
Descended from the Old English Black and Tan (Broken Coated) Terrier, this breed was developed in Wales to hunt badger, fox and otter. It is most likely the most direct descendant in existence today of that earlier breed and has been documented as far back as the early 1700s. The Welsh Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1936.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Smart, workmanlike, well-balanced and compact.
KC
Smart, workmanlike, well balanced and compact.
UKC
The sturdy, compact Welsh Terrier conveys the image of a square dog, being approximately as high as he is long. He is a medium-sized, rugged dog, with a coarse, wire-textured coat.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Affectionate, obedient and easily controlled.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Affectionate, obedient and easily controlled. Happy and volatile, rarely of shy nature. Game and fearless but definitely not aggressive although at all times able to hold his own when necessary
KC
Happy and volatile, rarely of shy nature. Game and fearless but definitely not aggressive although at all times able to hold his own when necessary.
UKC
The breed is friendly and outgoing with people and other dogs. It shows spirit and courage, always being alert and aware while showing self-control. Intelligence and the desire to please are evident. The characteristic "Welsh Terrier expression" is shown in the set, color and position of the eyes, combined with the use of the ears.

HEAD

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KC
Flat, of moderate width between ears. Jaws powerful, clean cut, rather deep and punishing. Stop not too defined, medium length from stop to end of nose. Nose black.
UKC
The head is rectangular in shape. The top lines of the skull and muzzle are parallel and are joined by a slight stop.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat, of moderate width between ears.
UKC
Moderately wide and flat between the ears, without wrinkle.

Stop

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FCI
Not too defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Medium length from stop to end of nose.
KC
Jaws strong with perfect, regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
Approximately the same length as the skull, with deep, strong jaws, flat cheeks and tight, black lips.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws powerful, clean cut, rather deep and punishing; strong with perfect, regular scissor bite, i. e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
A full complement of large, strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Relatively small, dark, expression indicative of temperament. A round, full eye undesirable.
KC
Relatively small, dark, expression indicative of temperament. A round, full eye undesirable.
UKC
Small, dark and deeply set, giving the steady, confident, alert expression typical of the Welsh Terrier. NOSE - Black in color, squared-off in shape.

Ears

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FCI
V-shaped, small, leathers not too thin, set on fairly high, carried forward and close to cheek.
KC
V-shaped, small, leathers not too thin, set on fairly high, carried forward and close to cheek.
UKC
Small and V-shaped, not too thin. The ears fold just above the topline of the skull and are carried forward close to the cheek.

NECK

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FCI
Moderate length and thickness, slightly arched and sloping gracefully into shoulders.
KC
Moderate length and thickness, slightly arched and sloping gracefully into shoulders.
UKC
The slightly arched neck is of moderate length and thickness and slopes gracefully into the shoulders. The clean throat has no excess skin.

BODY

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KC
Back short and well ribbed up, loin strong, good depth and moderate width of chest.
UKC
The body has good substance. It is well ribbed up and has a level topline. The moderately short loin is strong. The brisket has good depth, and the chest is of moderate width.

Back

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FCI
Short.

Loin

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FCI
Strong.

Chest

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FCI
Good depth and moderate width. Well ribbed up.

TAIL

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FCI
Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Well set on. Carried erect but not too gaily.
Undocked: Well set on. Carried erect but not too gaily. In overall balance with the rest of dog.
KC
Previously customarily docked. Docked: Well set on. Carried erect but not too gaily. Undocked: Well set on. Carried erect but not too gaily. In overall balance with the rest of dog.
UKC
Set on high and carried erect, the tail is customarily docked to a length that completes the look of a square outline. If undocked, not curved over the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders long, sloping and well set back. Legs straight and muscular, possessing ample bone, with upright and powerful pasterns.
UKC
The long, sloping shoulders are well laid back. FORELEGS - The forelegs are straight and muscular with good bone. Pasterns are strong and upright.

Shoulder

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FCI
Long, sloping and well set back.

Elbow

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FCI
Perpendicular to body, working free of sides.

Forearm

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FCI
Legs straight and muscular, possessing ample bone.

Pastern

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FCI
Upright and powerful.

FEET

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KC
Small, round and cat-like.
UKC
The small, round, cat-like feet have thick, black pads and strong, black nails.

Forefeet

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FCI
Small, round and cat-like.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong.
KC
Strong, thighs muscular, of good length, with hocks well bent, well let down and with ample bone.
UKC
The strong, muscular hindquarters have well-developed thighs of good length.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscular, of good length.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Well bent at the stifle and hock, with short, strong rear pasterns.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Hocks well bent, well let down and with ample bone.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Fore-and hindlegs carried straight forward and parallel. Elbows move perpendicular to body, working free of sides, stifles turning neither in nor out.
KC
Fore- and hindlegs carried straight forward and parallel. Elbows move perpendicular to body, working free of sides, stifles turning neither in nor out.
UKC
Straight, free and effortless, with good reach and strong drive. Front and rear legs move parallel with stifles turning neither in nor out.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Wiry, hard, very close and abundant. Single coat undesirable.
KC
Wiry, hard, very close and abundant. Single coat undesirable.
UKC
The hard, wiry, dense outer coat has a close-fitting jacket. The undercoat is short and soft. Dense, wiry furnishings are found on the muzzle, legs and quarters. The furnishings on the foreface are trimmed to complete (without exaggeration) the total rectangular outline of the head.

COLOUR

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FCI
Black and tan for preference, or black grizzle and tan, free from black pencilling on toes. Black below hocks most undesirable.
KC
Black and tan for preference, or black grizzle and tan, free from black pencilling on toes. Black below hocks most undesirable.
UKC
The black jacket spreads up onto the neck, down onto the tail and into the upper thighs. The legs, quarters and head are a clear tan, which is a deep reddish brown with slightly lighter shades acceptable. A black grizzle jacket is also acceptable.

SIZE

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KC
Height at shoulder not exceeding 39 cms (151/2 ins). Weight: 9-9.5 kgs (20-21 lbs).
UKC
Males are approximately 15 inches at the withers, with an acceptable range between 15 and 15½ inches. Bitches are proportionately smaller. The average weight is approximately twenty pounds.

Height at withers

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FCI
Not exceeding 39 cms.

Weight

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FCI
9 – 9,5 kgs.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC
Color: Black below the hocks.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.