The Welsh is a dog for either the city or country. His black and tan or black grizzle and tan color is very much a plus because he does not have to be bathed as much as the white-coated terrier. Although he does not look for trouble, he is quite capable of holding his own should the need arise.
In the early years, the black and tan was quite leggy but he has been bred down into a short-bodied, compact dog. The head is wider between the ears than the Wire Fox Terrier. The expressive dark eyes indicate plenty of pluck.
The small V-shaped ears are set fairly high. The hard, wiry coat is very close and abundant. Gay and volatile, the Welsh is affectionate and learns quickly. How- 114 ever, heis pretty much of a one-family dog.
Height 14-15 inches (36-38 cm); weight: 20 pounds (9 kg).
Obedience tests, the latest innovation, have already become popular. Like the children’s classes they are open to purebreds of all varieties and call for a specified series of tests, with wins counting as points toward the official titles, Companion Dog, Companion Dog Excellent and Utility Dog.
These events have been an eye opener. If you have a notion, for instance, that very little dogs lack brains, you will be interested to learn that in at least one of these events, a tiny Chihuahua, weighing a scant two pounds, came, saw and conquered a ringful of competitors, several of which were more than thirtyfive times his size.
But although officially licensed bench shows draw a yearly entry of over 80,000 (of which a certain percentage are repeats), they are only a small corner of the picture. Registrations in our two leading studbooks alone number more than 100,000 every twelve months; and statistics show that they represent less than one in ten eligible dogs. So if we estimate the average life of these bluestockings conservatively at three years, we must figure their number in North America at any given time as at least 3,000,000.