Welsh Terrier

Lifestyle Needs

Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier, in appearance at least, is a smaller version of the Airedale Terrier.  He was originally used for hunting foxes and badgers and is a sturdy, no nonsense kind of dog.  Ideally he needs to live in a house with a garden.  He needs to be exercised every day and would benefit from plenty of opportunity to run free.  His tight, wiry coat needs grooming twice a week and would benefit from regular trimming.

Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)

The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 14.5% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'

Effective Population Size - EPS

35.36

EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.

Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)

None known

BVA/KC Health Schemes: www.bva.co.uk/chs

  • Hip dysplasia (abnormality of hip joints causing pain and disability): mean breed score not known
  • Eye disease: Goniodysgenesis / Primary glaucoma (G) (a painful and sight threatening disease) (annual testing); Primary lens luxation (PLL) (annual testing)

Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/about-ebvs

DNA Tests Available

  • Primary Lens Luxation (PLL)
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes

None known

Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.

Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)

  • Atopy (hypersensitivity to pollen and other protein particles – causes intense itching)
  • Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis)

Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents.  Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.

Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.

You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP):  www.puppycontract.org.uk

You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding:
www.dogbreedingreformgroup.uk/the-standard-for-dog-breeding.html

Or the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme Standard and Guidance:
Standard PDF | Guidance PDF

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