Kate: What is the difference between an Airedale terrier and Welsh terrier?
I was interested in getting either an Airedale terrier or Welsh terrier, and was wondering what the difference was between them? Do they have different temperaments? Do they make good pets? Thank you.
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Answer by Jenny Manyteeth
The obvious difference is size: Airedales can be as large as 24 inches at the shoulder, while the Welsh is about 15inches. Airedales can weigh 50-55pounds; Welsh Terriers weigh about 20.
They both have a lot of hunting instinct and make excellent pets for people who understand them.
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Answer by BG
Every comment so far is right on. I have owned an Airedale and two Welshes.
We lost our first Welsh at age 12 and recently got another welshpuppy. All dogs are different.
Airedales and Welsh Terriers are completely different breeds.
My Airedale (female) was 55 lbs. Some males can get to 70+ lbs. Our first welsh was 16/17 lbs. and our current welsh should be 17/18 lbs. both females. Males tend to be bigger 20 lbs. Our Airedale was calmer but showed less affection towards us than our welshes. Our first welsh hated other dogs and had a seizure disorder for most of her life and required medication twice a day. Both welshes sleep with us where the airedale was too big and had no interest in being on the bed with us (when we were not home she did sneak on the bed),
All welshes need a strong hand and can become a problem. They are not good with small kids or kids that will tease them. We love our welsh (6 months old). She is laying next to my wife fast asleep with her legs in the air. During the day she love running, walking watching and being with us. We try to take her everywhere. This time we have had her go to puppy daycare so she will be more socialized with other dogs. There are only a small number of breeders therefore expensive.
Expect to pay $1,800.00 plus shipping costs. I figure after she gets spayed our cost to that point including the spaying will be $3,000+. After the first year it should be closer to $300.00 and year not including food.
Answer by Dog Crazy
Welsh Terriers are smaller and slightly lighter in color. Both are slightly stubborn, playful, friendly, and very smart. They also like to dig. Their temperaments can vary greatly, just depends on the dog. Any dog can make a good pet when raised right.
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