THE WELSH TERRIER
Welsh Terriers in obedience, tracking and Earthdog. I am an AKC Breeder of Merit and a Parent Club Approved Breed Men- tor. I am also involved in WTCARES, the parent club rescue.
1. Describe the breed in three words. RP: Size, substance and quality. KR: Moderate, sturdy and basic.
I have owned and bred Welsh Terriers for roughly thirty years. I am honored to have been asked to judge the National Specialty for the second time in 2016. I have also judged the breed in Canada, South America and in Scandi- navia. I live in central Pennsylvania with my wife, Sue and we have raised two sons whilst running a busy kennel and small farm. We are about to move to a new house with much less
2. What are your “must have” traits in this breed? RP: Square, substantial and a brick-on-brick head. KR: Type, correct size, substance. Dogs with great shoulders should be acknowledged, as they are so hard to come by and so easily lost in a breeding program. 3. Are there any traits in this breed you fear are becoming exaggerated? RP: No. KR: The size is always important. The standard reads males to be 15” with a range of 15-15 ½ ” being acceptable. It is very easy for the size to creep up. It’s been a long time since I saw a 15” male. Heads and necks are becoming too long. The heads are compared to a brick. They should be clean with level planes, but should never resemble a Wire Fox Terrier head. “DOGS WITH GREAT SHOULDERS SHOULD BE ACKNOWLEDGED, AS THEY ARE SO HARD TO COME BY AND SO EASILY LOST IN A BREEDING PROGRAM.”
land where, apart from enjoying time with the dogs, I hope to be able to expand the garden and continue showing chickens. I have shown dogs since I was ten years old, English Cockers in Junior handling, then English Setters and then all sorts of Terriers. Right now we are concentrating on the Welsh and Dachshunds in a very limited way. I have been judging for over ten years. My favorite assignments are the specialties but I must say judging huge entries of English Setters at champi- onship shows in England has been exciting. KATHY ROST I reside in New Boston, Michigan. I am the Executive Administrative Assistant at the Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. I am an avid knitter. I have had dogs all my life; with 59 years of showing dog and two years judging. I acquired my first Welsh Terrier in 1968 and have bred them exclusively ever since under the kennel name of Brynmawr. I have also served on several dog club boards and am pres- ently a board member of the Ann Arbor Kennel Club and Past President of the Welsh Terrier Club of America. In almost 50 years in the Breed (Brynmawr Welsh Terriers) I have bred over 30 Champions, including several BIS-winning Welsh and a National Specialty Winner. I have participated and titled
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