A breed with a truly working background, the Welsh Terrier is perhaps rather less exuberant than some of the other members of his group. As such, he tends to make a very satisfactory house-dog with a love of family companionship. He is a dog with a cheerful spirit and is good with children. Like so many of his cousins, he was originally used in hunting the fox, badger and even otter.
He is a neat, workmanlike dog with a tight wiry coat normally of black and tan that is relatively easy to maintain in a clean state with a normal degree of trimming.
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.
The Welsh Terrier was a latecomer to the British show-ring (being primarily a working dog) and was not officially registered as a breed until the 19th century. It is currently on the UK Kennel Clubs list of breeds that are in danger of dying out, having as few as 300 or so pups registered annually, as compared to the nation's most popular breeds that are registered in the tens of thousands each year.