Welsh Sheepdog

USD $600-$1,200 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 427
Origin Wales
Other Names Welsh Collie
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $600-$1,200
How much does a Welsh Sheepdog cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $600 to $1,200 on your Welsh Sheepdog if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Welsh Sheepdog from a shelter.
Size Medium
Weight Male: 15-35 pounds (7-16 kg),
Female: 13-33 pounds (6-15 kg)
Height Male: 16-19 inches (41-47 cm),
Female : 14-17 inches (38-44 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Herding and Guarding
Date of Origin 18th Century
Ancestry Black and Tan Sheepdog, Old Welsh Grey, Sable or Blue Merle Hillman

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Feathered
Coat Colors Black, Red, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Amber, Blue, Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Pied, Red, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Monthly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Active, Energetic, Intelligent
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly Yes
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 16 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 120 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Welsh Sheepdog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 2-8 puppies (Once a year.)


The Welsh Sheepdog is a medium-sized herding dog that originated in Wales. It is an intelligent and loyal breed that is known for its strong work ethic and protective nature. The Welsh Sheepdog has a long, thick coat that can be either black or tan in color. Its head is broad with a slightly rounded muzzle, and its ears are set high on the head. The eyes are dark brown and the tail is usually docked to about half its original length.

The Welsh Sheepdog has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years, with some living up to 16 years old. They typically weigh between 30 and 40 pounds, with males being slightly larger than females. They come in two colors: black or tan, both of which have white markings on their chest, feet, muzzle, and tail tip.

The Welsh Sheepdog has a friendly personality but can also be quite independent at times. They are highly intelligent dogs who love to please their owners but can also be stubborn if not given proper training from an early age. They are loyal companions who will protect their family from any perceived danger without hesitation or fear.

Welsh Sheepdogs get along well with other dogs as well as children and other animals when properly socialized from puppyhood onwards. However they may become aggressive towards strange dogs if not properly trained or socialized early on in life so it’s important to ensure they receive adequate socialization during this time period of their life cycle .

The Welsh Sheepdog has a calm temperament but can become very protective when it comes to guarding its family members or property from potential threats such as strangers or other animals entering the home environment . This breed loves being around people so it’s important for them to receive plenty of attention throughout the day in order for them to remain happy and contented .

In terms of health , the Welsh Sheepdog is generally considered quite healthy although there have been reports of hip dysplasia , eye problems , epilepsy , allergies , skin conditions , ear infections , bloat (gastric torsion) , hypothyroidism and Von Willebrand's disease occurring within this breed . It’s important for owners to keep up regular vet checkups in order to detect any potential health issues before they become serious problems .

When it comes to adaptability levels , the Welsh Sheepdog does best when living in rural areas where there’s plenty of space for them to roam around freely . This breed doesn’t do well when kept confined indoors all day long so it’s important that owners provide them with plenty of outdoor exercise opportunities throughout the day .

Overall, the Welsh Sheepdog makes an excellent pet due its intelligence level combined with its loyalty towards its family members as well as its protective nature towards strangers entering into their home environment . This breed loves being around people so much that they make great companions for those looking for an active yet loving pet companion !


The Welsh Sheepdog is a herding dog that originated in Wales. The breed is also known as the Welsh Corgi, which means "dwarf dog" in Welsh. The Welsh Sheepdog was used to herd sheep and cattle, and was also used as a hunting dog. The breed almost became extinct in the early 1900s, but was saved by a few dedicated breeders. The Welsh Sheepdog became popular in the United States in the 1970s, and is now one of the most popular herding breeds.

The Welsh Sheepdog is thought to be descended from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, which is one of two corgi breeds. The other corgi breed is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The two breeds are similar in appearance, but the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is slightly smaller than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. It is believed that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was brought to Wales by Flemish weavers in the 12th century. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is thought to be descended from Celtic dogs that were brought to Wales by Roman soldiers.

The first recorded mention of the Welsh Sheepdog was in a book called "The History of Brecknockshire" published in 1775. The book described a type of short-legged dog that was used for herding sheep and cattle. In 1873, Queen Victoria bought a Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Dicamptodon for her daughter Princess Alexandra of Denmark. This sparked interest in the breed, and it began to be shown at dog shows in England and Wales.

The Welsh Sheepdog almost became extinct in the early 1900s due to cross-breeding with other herding dogs such as Collies and Shepherds. A few dedicated breeders kept the breed alive, and it began to regain popularity in the United States in the 1970s. Today, there are an estimated 10,000 Welch Sheepdogs worldwide, with most of them living in North America."