This terrier was originally known as the Black and Tan Wirehaired Terrier, and they hail from Wales. They were brought to the U.S. by Prescott Lawrence in 1888 and have been valued historically for their tenaciousness as hunters. One is much more likely nowadays to find these spirited dogs in the company of their human families, enjoying their modern status as an affectionate, spritely companion. They generally enjoy the company of other animals and are patient with children, if socialized early. They have a strong chasing instinct so should be under control at all times. Agility and even lure coursing are certainly great outlets for this natural enthusiasm. Their bushy coats and facial hair require regular brushing and grooming.