Welsh vs. Airedale? How to Decide

This essay also appears as the Welsh Terrier breed column in the AKC Gazette, February 2009

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Bardi's Books

Not much has been written about the breed, but your most reliable source of Welsh Terrier knowledge is any book written by Bardi McLennan, the doyenne of the breed in the United States.

The Welsh Terrier Leads the Way -- Her masterwork on the breed, a complete guide to the history, temperament, training, grooming, and management of the Welsh Terrier

Dogs and Kids – Not just about Welshes, but full of useful advice

On Good Behavior -- Title is self-explanatory

The Welsh Terrier – (for Kennel Club Books) A guide for the first-time Welsh Terrier owner

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More Books – I love books

Earthdog Ins and Outs (by Joan Frier-Murza) -- The bible of “earth diggers,” those who want their dogs to experience their real vocation – going to the ground.

Grooming the Broken-Haired Terrier (by Arden Ross) – Originally published as a series of articles in Terrier Type magazine, this is an exhaustive softcover guide to show grooming.

The Welsh Terrier Handbook (by I. Morlais Thomas) – Rare and mostly academic/historical interest. Chronicles the history of the breed until about the mid-twentieth century.

Born to Win (by Patricia Trotter) – The author is a breeder of great Norwegian Elkhounds and an AKC judge. An invaluable book for anyone interested in breeding outstanding dogs.

The Puppy Puzzle VIDEO (by Pat Hastings) –This video explains the system I trust to evaluate 8-week-old puppies for structural/show quality. The same information and much more on developing the show dog is included in Pat Hastings’ book Tricks of the Trade.

The Control of Canine Genetic Diseases (by George Padgett) – A demanding book written by a geneticist who holds passionate opinions. Good science as well as good inspiration for breeders.

Useful Welsh Websites

Welsh Terrier Club Of America: The parent club’s site – not updated often enough, but still the best place to start when looking for breed information and reliable breeders.

WTCARES: WTCA’s very well-organized rescue arm. Lots of info here available dogs and the problems and rewards of rescue WTs.

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