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The Welsh Hound (Bytheuad) is a breed of hunting dog of the foxhound type, indigenous to Wales.



The Welsh Hound is a native breed to the British Isles, and has descended from the Segussi breed of rough coated hound which existed in northern Europe in Roman times.From medieval times through the early part of the twentieth century,the bards, which always held a special place in welsh society, sang odes to the hounds often naming individual hounds, all praising their qualities. "The ancient laws of Wales codified during the region of Hywel Dda (942 – 948AD) gives the value of the Welsh Hound as 240 pence trained, 120 pence untrained. By comparison a sound pack horse was valued at the same time as 120 pence."[1]


The Welsh Hound has been kept as a hunting dog for many hundreds of years, living and hunting in packs. It is adapted to hunting in rocky and mountainous terrain in its native Wales. The different traits of the Welsh Hound make it unsuitable to hunt other parts of the United Kingdom due to the proximity to the road and railway line. A ban on hunting would have a catasrophic effect on the Welsh Hound since it has been bred to hunt the Welsh hills since the immemorial.Welsh Hounds tend to be slower than English hounds so they are not typically used for drag hunting.When trained, Welsh Hounds are very obedient and must be immediately responsive to the huntsmans commands. Because of its irrepressible hunting instincts, the Welsh Hound is completely unsuitable as a pet. [2]

Breed recognition

The Welsh Hound is registered with the The Welsh Hound Association, which has been keeping the breed's stud book since 1922, and maintaining the breed as purebred since 1928. The association was formed "for the purpose of preserving and promoting the Welsh Fox Hound as a specific British breed."[3]

Since the outlawing of hunting with dogs in Great Britain, various clubs have been offering registration for the Welsh Hound as a rare breed pet.


Coat is hard and wiry, red with white patches. Similar in appearance to the (English) Foxhound. Height : 24 in/61 cm Weight : 75 lbs/34kg.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Submission to the Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs from The Welsh Hound Association, February 2000
  2. ^
  3. ^ [ National Library of Wales Welsh Hound Association, papers]
  4. ^ Dogs Of All Nations (1915, San Francisco) By Walter Esplin Mason, pg 35


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