Welsh Dog Breeds – The Iconic Dogs Of Wales
The Welsh are one of the most ancient breeds of dogs. They have been bred since prehistoric times. There are several theories about their origin:
1) Ancient Celts used them as hunting dogs, but they were not very good at it so they lost interest in breeding them and left them alone until the 19th century when they started to be popular again due to the popularity of bulldogs in America.
2) A few of them may have come from the Irish Wolfhounds which were imported into England during the 18th century.
These dogs had been brought over with wolfhound blood in them and they were called “Irish Wolfhounds” because of this. However, these dogs did not survive long in England and only a few survived there after the introduction of bulldogs.
3) Some believe that the first Welsh dogs came from Ireland where the native people kept wolves as pets.
These dogs were probably not very well adapted to life in Britain and died out soon afterwards.
4) Another theory is that some of them may have come from the Border Collies which were introduced into England in the late 1800’s.
The Border Collie is a herding dog which was developed in the border country between England and Scotland. It is known as a hardy, intelligent, energetic dog, with an excellent ability to herd sheep.
Welsh Corgis are known to be very energetic and intelligent. They are excellent herders and guardians of children and will defend them from all threats. The Pembroke Corgi is smaller than its cousin, the Cardigan. They were originally bred by Welsh farmers to help herd cattle and hunt foxes.
They typically have dark eyes, muzzle, and ears. Their tail is usually slightly curved upwards. These dogs are very alert and will bark at anything which surprises them. They are excellent with children as long as they are properly socialized.
Welsh Terriers are believed to have been bred in Wales for hundreds of years. They have become popular in the United States only within the past century. This dog is very intelligent, active, and sometimes stubborn. It is an independent thinker that has a tendency not to listen to commands that it finds boring or unreasonable.
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