The Welsh Terrier, also known as the Old English Terrier, the Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier, the Old English Wire Haired Black-and-Tan Terrier and the Welsh Black-and-Tan Rough-Coated Terrier, is thought to be a very old breed based upon paintings and pictures from long ago. He was (and continues to be) used in Wales to flush otter, badger, marten and fox. All terrier through and through, the Welsh Terrier is fearless, lively and game, but he may be better mannered, easier to handle and less quarrelsome than some other terrier breeds. Welsh Terriers can be a bit difficult to housetrain. They do enjoy chasing small animals so should be supervised during social outings. The American Kennel Club first recognized the Welsh Terrier in 1888. It is a member of the AKC’s Terrier Group.
The mature Welsh Terrier stands 15 to 15½ inches at the withers and typically weighs about 20 pounds. Its double coat is hard, wiry and dense. It is black and a deep reddish tan and should be hand-stripped or plucked several times a year. The Welsh Terrier is often confused with the Lakeland Terrier; however, the Welsh has a broader head and different coloration. He actually looks more like a small Airedale Terrier.