Welsh Sheepdog

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
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Exercise needed:
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Tendency to bark:
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Tendency to bark:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Herding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent:


Size: Medium     Weight: 35-45 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled


Life Expectancy: 12 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Welsh Sheepdog is a medium size sheep herding dog that originated in Wales. Thought to be land racer or naturally evolved dogs, they are also known as Welsh Collies due to their excellent herding skills. These dogs are more valued for their herding skills rather than their looks and as such, they differ in size, colour and body conformation. Their coat can be short or long and can come in different colours like black and white, red and white and tricolour. In comparison to Collie, these dogs have longer legs, broader chests and wide muzzle.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.


This dog usually comes in black-and-white, red-and-white or tricolour, and merle markings may occur over any of these combinations.


The coat size range from short to long.


Welsh Sheepdog is an intelligent and independent breed of dog. This herding dog is extremely active and always needs a job to do. Generally sweet and protective, they can prove out to be great guard dog, barking at intruders. Welsh Sheepdogs are a responsive, sensitive and obedient breed of dog. They are easy to train due to their increased levels of intelligence. The canines have a willingness to please their master. They are not obsessive or hyper and work with a low-stress, upright working style. With effective leadership, they have the ability to protect, gather, sort, shed, head, heel, lead, drive, and have an outrun that is a mile out. The dog feels comfortable with kids, though it might turn violent at times. Welsh Sheepdogs are protective, courageous, friendly, clever and pleasant. They have an alert expression and an active disposition. They need the companionship of a family or other breed of dogs.


These breed of dogs do not require much grooming. Two times brushing in a week is sufficient to remove unwanted dead hair and keep your dog clean.


This breed is easy to train as these dogs are eager to please, intelligent and generally responsive to positive training. However, they will need an experienced owner.


The Welsh Sheepdog breed of dog is a very energetic breed and require at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day. They do have excess stores of energy and if they are not properly exercised they can become very destructive. Welsh Sheepdog make excellent jogging companions. Regardless of exercise, this is a breed that is happiest when they have something to do. Welsh Sheepdogs can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, Rally obedience, flyball, tracking, and herding events.

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