The Welsh Hound is a breed of dog specifically bred to hunt foxes in Wales. Back in the day, these doggos were not kept as pets, but rather as hunting companions, however, as fox hunting became illegal, these puppers became classic pet doggos, without a job. They are fun and energetic, and they need a strong leader to keep them in check, they are social and need to interact with other dogs to be emotionally happy. This is because they used to hunt in packs, so keeping them socialized is a must!
Since your Welsh Hound is just what their name says – a hound, they need to hunt. That is their nature, and they will always be their happiest when they are chasing after something, preferably a fox. Now, if you do not condone hunting and would rather keep all the animals safe, sound, and alive, you can try an alternative that will keep your dog happy but will also provide them with necessary exercise and mental stimulation. You can take your doggo to a hunt test. A hunt test is an event in which the ability and training of doggos are evaluated against the written standards.
As previously mentioned, the Welsh Hound is a very social dog. Back in the day, when they were bred to hunt foxes in their native Wales, these doggos usually went in packs. That means that they still need a lot of doggy friendships to remain happy, so scheduling regular doggy playdates will ensure the emotional stability of your beloved pupper. This can also be a great excuse for you and your friends to go out into nature, run around the fields, play fetch with your pooches and have some fun in the fresh air and the great outdoors.
Since your dog is a hunting doggo, they need daily mental stimulation, as well as physical activity to stay happy and healthy for a long time. Therefore, you can probably eliminate the apartment chill session as an activity with your pup. Get outside, go to the forest, and start exploring. Your doggo will want to sniff each tree, uncover each pile of leaves, and follow a trail of a fox or a rabbit that walked by. Bring some water, maybe some food, and have yourself an exploration mission in the Fangorn forest in your town.
Because your pup is energetic, sitting around the house and having a pee break just won’t cut it. Go for a power run every day if you cannot spend some time in the wilderness.
Get a mechanical rabbit or fox and let your dog chase it. Your Welsh Hound will appreciate this activity and will surely enjoy themselves a lot.
As you can see, all of these activities take at least 60 minutes to accomplish. That is because an hour is the minimum amount of time per day for activities that your doggo needs. Welsh Hounds are very energetic, and they do not make good apartment dogs, so if you are ready to provide them with a lot of sporty things to do and always provide a lot of love, this is the dog breed for you!