Exercising Your Welsh TerrierGood Exercises For Your Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier was originally called the Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier, Old English Terrier and at one point called the old Reddish-Black Wirehaired Terrier. Developed in Wales, they were bred for their hunting abilities particularly badger, fox, and otter. The dogs would go down into the dens to drive out the prey for the hunter and would commonly be taken out with packs of hounds.

Breed Type


Physical Characteristics

  • medium sized dog with squarish proportions (head, muzzle, shoulders, etc.)
  • muzzle is half the length of the head with a slight sto
  • front legs are straight and the round, small feet are cat-like
  • tail is customarily docked so that when the dog raises the tail into the air it is even with the top of the head
  • coat is double with a soft undercoat and a wiry, hard, dense outer coat with bushy eyebrows, mustache and beard. Colors include black and tan and grizzle with a black jacket marking over the back


  • active dog, moderate energy level
  • vigilant, cheerful, affectionate
  • intelligent, curious, courageous
  • devoted, playful and happy, usually patient with children
  • hardy breed, can withstand rough play

Best Exercises

  • medium (20 minutes) to long (30+) walks
  • moderate running (up to 30 minutes)
  • swimming
  • agility – they are smart dogs but can be stubborn so be patient
  • games with toys – ball to chase, small game toy to chase

Suggested Exercise Plan

Two medium walks per day or preferably, 1 long walk and 15 – 30 minutes of playtime. Smart dogs need mental stimulation in the form of play regularly so as not to be destructive.

Things To Note

The Welsh Terrier has a slightly lower energy level than some of the other hunting terrier breeds. They like to swim and dig. Some can be difficult to housebreak.  It is always ready to play with a ball and to run and gambol off the leash. This breed likes to chase after anything that moves, so be careful if you let them off their leash.