Original Breed Standard
WELSH TERRIER CHARACTERISTICSThe Welsh Terrier is of a gay volatile disposition and is rarely of a shy nature. He is affectionate, obedient and easily controlled, thus making him an eminently suitable dog for town life. His size and colour render him ideal as a house dog, as the former point is in his favour where accommodation is limited whilst the latter feature precludes the necessity for frequent washing, as in the case of a white terrier. He is game, fearless, but definitely not of a pugnacious disposition, although at all times able to hold his own when necessary. He is ideally constituted to be a perfect town or country companion. Welsh Terriers are normally hardy and of robust constitution and need no pampering whilst as working terriers they are second to none, being easily trained to all sorts of game and vermin, to work with guns or ferrets, and are generally found to be capital water dogs.
|HEAD and SKULL - Long but proportionate, skull flat and narrow between the ears, but not as narrow as the Wire Fox Terrier, getting slightly narrower towards the eye, free from wrinkle, stop not too defined.The foreface should not "DISH" or fall away quickly, between and below the eyes, where it should be well made up, carrying strength and not chiselled off as seen in a Smooth Fox Terrier. Jaws must be strong and muscular and of good punishing power and depth, but the foreface must not be exaggerated and out of proportion to the skull, as it gives the dog an appearance which is not "WELSH" terrier. An extraordinary long head invariably associated with an oversized or long backed specimen, which is not wanted and is a fault. The cheeks should be slightly more muscular than a Wire terrier but an excessive development, usually called "CHEEKY" or thick in head is wrong and uncalled for, and is not becoming a smart, lively terrier as the Welsh terrier should be.|
EYES - The eyes should be small, well set in and of a dark colour, expressive and indicating abundant keenness. A round full eye is undesirable.
EARS - The ears should be "V" shaped, small, not too thin, set on fairly high, carried forward and close to the cheek.
MOUTH - Should be as even as possible, with a strong bite.
NECK - The neck should be of moderate length and thickness, slightly arched and sloping gracefully into the shoulders.
|BODY - The back should be short and well ribbed up, the loin
strong, good depth and moderate width of chest.
The fore-quarters should be long, sloping and well set back.
The hind-quarters should be strong, thighs muscular and of good length, with the hocks well bent, well let down and with ample bone.
LEGS and FEET - The legs should be straight and muscular, possessing ample bone, with upright and powerful pastems. The feet should be small, round and catlike.
The TAIL should be well set on, but not too gaily carried.
COAT - The coat should be wiry, hard, very close and abundant. A single coat is undesirable
COLOUR - The colour should be BLACK and TAN for preference, or Black, grizzle and Tan, free from black pencilling on Toes. Black below the hocks is a disqualification.
WEIGHT and SIZE - The height at shoulder should be 151/2 inches.
FAULTS: A white, cherry or spotted noge. Prick, tulip or rose ears. An appreciable amount of black below the hocks.
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