Weltador

22-60 lbs
16-22"
Unknown
Labrador Retriever
Welsh Terrier

The Weltador is a mixed hybrid breed, and its parental make-up consists of the Labrador Retriever and the Welsh Terrier.  The Labrador is the larger of the two breeds, originally used as a water retriever, but now the Labrador is often used as a therapy dog and as a family pet.  The Welsh Terrier was used originally to hunt small animals, but again, this is often used as a domestic pet or companion.  The Welsh Terrier is a breed from Wales, whereas the Labrador Retriever originates from Canada.  Both breeds have lots of energy and need regular exercise.  Both parent breeds are known to be good with children and people, as well as being eager to please and this means that they are easily trained.  The Weltador is likely to also be high spirited, and should be supervised when around other dogs, similarly to its parent breeds.  The Labradors build gives the impression that it would be a good guard dog, but both the Labrador and Welsh Terrier, although loyal breeds, are much too friendly to guard.  The Labrador was previously known as the St John’s Water Dog, and is a direct ancestor of that breed.  The Welsh Terrier is thought to have originated from the English Black and Tan Terrier, so it is interesting that both parent dogs of the Weltador are direct descendants of its ancestor.  Labradors are large heavy dogs, but the Welsh Terrier is much smaller, so the height of the Weltador will vary, and the hybrid as a whole could consist of a range of characteristics from both parent breeds. 

Purpose
Companion, Hunting, Retrieving, Therapy Dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Labrador Retriever, Welsh Terrier

Weltador Health

Average Size
Male Weltador size stats
Height: 17-23 inches Weight: 25-65 lbs
Female Weltador size stats
Height: 16-22 inches Weight: 22-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens Luxation
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Unknown
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Elbow
  • Blood Test
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Hip

Weltador Breed History

The parent breeds that make up the Weltador are recognized by the American Kennel Club although the hybrid itself, is not. Originating from Wales, the Welsh Terrier was originally used to hunt small animals, but today they are often simply family pets. The ancestral make-up of this breed is thought to come from one previous breed, the English Black and Tan Terrier.  The Welsh Terrier was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888.  The Labrador Retriever was recognized officially by the American Kennel Club in 1917, however, previous to this, it was known by another name, the St. John’s Water dog, dating back to the 1800s.  The Labrador is a direct descendent of this breed and originates from Canada, and often helped fisherman by retrieving fish that had escaped through the fishing nets.  Although the Labrador Retriever was originally used as a water retriever, it now has many uses, and is still used today as a working dog, a therapy dog, or a guide dog for the blind.  Labradors make excellent domestic pets and companions as they are great with children, and this is a characteristic that they have in common with the Welsh Terrier breed.  Both breeds that make up the Weltador are loyal and friendly.  They are known to be spirited and energetic, but easy to please which often makes training easier. The previous links to hunting and retrieving means that these dogs are intelligent and require a lot of mental stimulation as well as requiring lots of physical exercise.  When they are bored, they are almost impossible to hold still so ensuring that they have burned off their energy is a must, meaning that they can be hard-work.  Nonetheless, they are very loving and make an ideal family pet. 

Weltador Breed Appearance

The Weltador is most likely to be colored in accordance to the colors of its parent breeds.  The Labrador Retreiver and the Welsh Terrier both come in black and brown, but the Labrador can also be cream in color.  It could also have either a black or brown nose, and eye color can be brown, hazel or amber.  A Weltador’s coat will likely be medium in length.  Whilst a Labrador’s coat is very dense and straight, a Welsh Terrier’s coat is wiry and of normal density.  Both breeds surprisingly have a double coat, but the Welsh Terrier has a short undercoat and a long, wiry top coat, the Labrador has a thick, dense, waterproof undercoat, with a thin top coat. As there are several differences between the parent breeds, the Weltador will consist of different characteristics from each parent breed, so it is hard to determine what exactly the Weltador will look like.  The Labrador has a larger rounded head, but the Welsh Terrier is often referred to as being square.  Both have a powerful jaw, with a scissor or level bite.  Labradors are a larger, heavier breed in comparison to the Welsh Terrier, so height and weight can vary.  The ears can also vary as the Welsh Terriers are quite small, but the Labradors are medium in size.  Both hang floppy, at the side of the head, but the Welsh Terrier’s are usually much hairier.  The Welsh Terrier has been referred to as having the look of a bristly old man, as they are known for having a beard, a moustache and bushy eyebrows on their face.  The tails of the Welsh Terrier and the Labrador Retriever are fairly similar, hanging low and curving out a little at the bottom.  The Welsh Terrier is known to have their tail docked at a young age. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Weltador eyes
Hazel
brown Weltador eyes
Brown
amber Weltador eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Weltador nose
Black
brown Weltador nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Weltador coat
Cream
brown Weltador coat
Brown
black Weltador coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Weltador wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Weltador Breed Maintenance

Maintaining the Weltador breed can vary, and again this depends on the characteristics.  While the Welsh Terrier tends to shed only on a seasonal basis but has wiry, long hair, even though the coat of a Labrador is short, they tend to shed regularly.  Brushing daily is recommended due to the double coats and shedding level of the Labrador.  A deshedding brush, a pin brush, or a slicker brush may be used, depending on the type of coat that your Weltador develops.  Both parent breeds are prone to ear problems, so make sure that the ears of your Weltador are cleaned regularly and dried correctly after bathing.  They should also have regular ear checks.  Bathing is recommended for both breeds – once every 1 to 2 months should suffice.  Labradors can be quite sensitive to food, as bloating is common, so high quality food, served over several small meals throughout the day (rather than one big meal) is best for this breed.  Keep your Weltador’s nails trimmed and remember that teeth for this breed should also be brushed daily, to avoid tartar build up.  In order to keep your Weltador healthy, exercise regularly, and ensure you spend time training and playing too, to prevent boredom. 

Brushes for Weltador
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Weltador requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Weltador Temperament

As a hybrid, it is usually difficult to predict temperament due to the difference between parent breeds, however, the Welsh Terrier and the Labrador Retriever have similar temperament traits.  They are both said to be spirited, people-oriented and good with children of all ages, which suggests that the Weltador has the ideal temperament required of a family pet.  Both are also intelligent and active, with lots of energy.  This means that they crave regular exercise and mental stimulation and will become bored if they are not given this time and attention, which can result in negative and destructive behavior.  The Weltador is said to react well to positive reinforcement.  Both breeds are reasonably easy to train, due to the fact that they are eager to please.  It is recommended that the Weltador is supervised when around other dogs, as this is suggested in relation to both parent breeds.  The Labrador and the Welsh Terrier, although they do tend to bark on occasion, are recognized by the American Kennel Club as being friendly and would not necessarily make good guard dogs, but they are very loving and make excellent companions. Remember to train your dog on a leash as obedience can be an issue with the Labrador breed.  They do not always listen as they like to follow their noses.  They can also be greedy with food, and will eat almost anything to fill their stomach.  This is not necessarily what is suitable for them, so they do require a lot of supervision, especially when out and about.

Weltador Activity Requirements

Both parent breeds that make up the Weltador are energetic and require lots of exercise.  In order to burn off their energy, they require around 60 minutes of physical exercise each day. As an intelligent breed, mental stimulation is required as well as physical, so train your dog and teach him tricks too.  Obedience training might be a good idea for this breed, as this is often suggested for the Labrador breed.  Having a double coat, often means that both parent breeds cope well in most weather conditions.  Obviously, extreme heat and cold can be an issue for any breed. Though apartment living is possible, a home with a large, securely enclosed yard would be the ideal environment for the Weltador.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Weltador Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.80 - $2.30
Monthly Cost
$52.50 - $67.50

Weltador Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Weltador size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Weltador size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 25 lbs
12 Months
Male Weltador size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 38 lbs
Female Weltador size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 34 lbs
18 Months
Male Weltador size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 43 lbs
Female Weltador size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 39 lbs

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