Over the last sixty-five years I’ve owned a lot of pet dogs, many of them quite intelligent. This article is about the Welsh Terrier’s intelligence both as a breed and as I have experienced it with my AKC (American Kennel Club) registered Welsh Terrier named “Oliver”. Born on December 7, 2004 in Sedalia, Missouri Oliver is now eight years old.
Breed Characteristics Of Welsh Terriers
My attraction to Welsh Terriers was striking striking resemblance to the larger Airedale Terrier. Adult Welsh Terriers stand about fifteen inches tall and generally weigh twenty pounds. The Airedale in contrast being the largest terrier grows to twenty-four inches and can weigh up to sixty pounds. Unless you have a large property, the Welsh Terrier looks like a better choice for most urban home dwellers and is one of the reasons I chose the breed as a pet.
In addition to my experience with Oliver, the Welsh Terrier’s intelligence is well documented by authorities on the breed.
The breed is intelligent and, as everyone knows, it is not always easy to cope with intelligence. He is not a canine robot, but instead will show you (without having been asked) just how many different ways he can execute your request. It may be amusing to watch his mental wheels go round, and no harm is done so long as you remain amiably in control.
In homes with children, he is best with children who are at least five years old and not as a new pet in homes with babies. Physical punishment of a Welsh Terrier is not an option but with proper training the desired result is readable by other means.
Sometimes quite comical, the Welsh Terrier is a loyal, loveable companion and a reliable watchdog. As is typical with many breeds he does not react well if disturbed when eating, is possessive about his food (and other things in his mouth) and may believe someone is going to take his food or other object away from him if approached.
As a practical matter he does not shed as much as some other dogs. He is at his best if groomed about once a month.
My Welsh Terrier Named Oliver
Oliver is not a show dog, he’s a loyal pet and companion. Never far from my side, he has the run of our home, and is walked when necessary. Eager to please, in addition to the usual tricks canines perform he loves to travel, go on walks, ride in a car, ride in a golf cart and play happily with his toys, taking those thrown for him.
One of the most unusual indicators of his intelligence is his intense interest in watching television especially his favorite shows on the Animal Planet channel. There are also several television commercials he enjoys watching and will leave what he is doing to watch them the minute he hears them beginning to air. When he began watching television shows, if an animal appeared on the television screen he quickly ran to the back of the television looking for it. But he sees to understand now that the animals are only on the television screen and no longer hunts for them.
The Welsh Terrier as a breed of dogs is easily trained and one of the most intelligent. Oliver is no exception. They would be a fine addition to any family wanting a loyal companion and faithful friend but are not recommended as a new pet to a family with children under the age of five.
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