What do you get when you mix the Welsh Terrier and the Dachshund? You get an interesting hybrid dog known as the Welshund. The two parent breeds, which both originate from Germany, are known for their tracking and hunting prowess. They also have other similarities such as high energy levels. However, they look very different in terms of appearance; the Welsh Terrier is tall and medium-sized while the Dachshund is short, small and known for their long body. Therefore, the Welshund can result in many variations, depending on which parent they inherit from most. Based on their parent breeds’ traits, Welshunds tend to be active and intelligent but with a stubborn streak.
Whether or not you are a good dancer, it is always fun to bust a move to music. Wouldn’t it be more amusing if you can get your dog to dance with you? Yes, this is an actual thing known as musical canine freestyle. This modern canine sport is the combination of dancing, obedience and tricks that challenges and improves creative interaction between owner and dog. Musical canine freestyle has been around since 1989 and is currently being practiced in multiple countries around the world. While there are legitimate competitions being held for this canine sport, many dog owners take on canine freestyle as a recreational activity.
One of the most challenging parts of owning a Welshund is maintenance. The Welsh Terrier has a double coat that tends to be wiry, long and dense while the Dachshund comes in a variety of coats, including wirehaired, long and short. Thus, the Welshund’s coat will depend on the type of coat their parent Dachshund possesses. Generally, this hybrid dog is high maintenance and requires regular grooming and brushing. A visit to the doggy spa may be convenient but can be expensive, especially if you need to have your pooch groomed often. An alternative would be to do the grooming yourself. Not only do you save some bucks, you also get to bond with your dog and establish trust and communication.
The Welshund is small but energetic; this dog can go run, play and move around for hours on end. Unfortunately, you won’t always have the time to play with your four-legged friend or to take them to the dog park frequently. Not to mention that some dog parks have strict rules about letting dogs run free. What you can do is bring the dog park to your home by building a doggy playground. By having their very own space for playtime, your Welshund can satisfy their desire to move without the need for you to be present at all times. You can buy a few materials from pet stores or the hardware and use some other items that you might have lying around. It might take a day or two of work but the reward will be worth it.
Tag is a classic game that everyone knows and loves. But did you know that you can play it with your dog as well? Simply chase your dog and touch them to “tag” and vice versa. It is a great way to workout with your pooch while also enjoying each other’s company. After all, why should you let your dog have all the fun when you can join in and get involved?
Welshunds love to run by nature so you can use this and incorporate it into your own exercise routine. Take a leash and collar and go jogging with your pooch in the park or around the neighborhood. It will benefit the physical health of both yourself and your dog.
The Welshund is an amazing designer dog that has plenty to offer their families. However, because they are active, they need lots of exercise in order to keep them happy and to thwart any unwanted behavior or aggression. As the owner of this breed, you need to try a variety of physical and mental activities to fully satisfy your Welshund.