Welsh Terriers look like miniature Airedales at first glance, but once you get to know this breed, you realize they have a personality all their own. Welshies are full of energy and maintain that classic spunky terrier attitude, but they are also a bit more sensible and with a different set of priorities than other terriers. Welshies are party dogs – they just want to have fun. They don't see the sense in picking fights or barking constantly when they could be chasing balls, playing tug of war or hide and seek. Welshies are good family dogs, as they will romp with kids in the yard (or around the house if you let them) and then solicit mom and dad for belly rubs in the evening. They are easy to train and make an excellent choice for first time dog owners.
Welsh Terriers need plenty of vigorous exercise in order to maintain health,happiness and an even temperament. They should be walked several times a day and allowed to run as much as possible. They are small enough to live in an apartment or condominium, but a commitment should be made to allowing your Welsh to run as much as possible.
Welshies are highly intelligent and need to work their brains as much as their bodies. They bore easily and will find ways to entertain themselves – which usually involves a great deal of mischief. At home, hide and seek games can keep him occupied, as can problem-solving toys. If at all possible, you should enroll your Welsh Terrier in agility or flyball. He will appreciate the extra exercise, the opportunity to think and will eat up the extra bonding time.
Welshies are easy to train, once you get going. They are terriers, and terriers have independent streaks and some just won't listen no matter what you do. Welshies are smart, however, and if they think there is something to gain from a training session, they will participate whole heartedly. Start your Welsh Terrier early so that he is more amenable to the training process. Keep sessions short and vary the activity as much as possible. Be ready with a lot of treats – Welshies don't much care about pleasing you, so excited praise is good, but doesn't act as a motivator but they do speak the language of food.
Welsh Terriers assume they are the household leader and will make you earn your position as head of the household, which can be frustrating. Always exhibit leadership and never let your Welsh Terrier bend or break the rules. Consistency is important when establishing your position because if you give a Welsh an inch, he will take a mile.
Welsh Terriers are excellent watch dogs who will alert you to any approaching strangers. They will also, however, alert you to every other sight or sound they take in. Training should include commands to stop barking, otherwise a Welsh can drive you and your neighbors crazy.
Welshies are less likely to posture toward other dogs for no reason, but if they are challenged they will not back down, regardless of the other dog's size. Poorly socialized Welsh Terriers, however can be dog aggressive. In order for your dog to develop the proper Welsh Terrier attitude, you must socialize him early and often to understand that strange dogs are not always threatening.