History and Origins
Country of Origin: Wales
Although broken coated black and tan terrier types have been recorded in Wales as far back as 1450 it is likely the Welsh Terrier we recognise today dates from around 1800. Needing legs long enough to cope with rough terrain, and the ability to follow a horse rather than be carried across the saddle, the Welsh Terrier still needed to be small enough to go to ground and deal with badgers, otters, marten and fox.
These exacting requirements produced a dog with a weatherproof, protective coat, sufficient stamina to run all day, and a ‘never say die’ nature when faced with formidable quarry.