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 long been valued historically for their tenaciousness as hunters. They are compact (about 15" tall and 20 lbs), but quite sturdy, and extremely eager to find, chase, flush out, and kill prey. The Welsh Terrier's extremely high prey drive could make them problematic with some members of the household (e.g. cats or running children), and also makes them unreliable off-leash. Their distinctive bushy coats and facial hair require regular brushing and grooming, and they require regular, interactive mental and physical exercise in order to stay in top form and stave off boredom.
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