Sealyham Terrier

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Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Wales
Group: Terrier
Height: 10 1/2-12 in.
Weight: 23-25 lbs.
Life span: 15 yrs.
Trainability: medium
Good with children: with older children
Good with other pets: may be if socialized early enough

What is the origin of the Sealyham Terrier?

The Sealyham Terrier is the result of a breeding program conducted by Captain John Edwardes of Sealyham, Haverfordwest, Wales in the mid 19th century. The Dandie Dinmont, the extinct White English Terrier, the Fox Terrier, the West Highland White Terrier and the Corgi were used in the mix. The Sealyham was bred to hunt small game. In years past, the Sealyham was a popular Hollywood pet, owned by such celebrities as Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Harlow, Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor.

What does the Sealyham Terrier look like?

The Sealyham is 10 1/2 – 12 inches tall and weighs 23-25 lbs. Eyes are oval and set wide apart. Ears are folded and hang close to the head. The nose is black. Tail is docked where this practice continues. The coat is white with lemon, brown or black/brown markings or ticking. The coat should be stripped and/or trimmed every few months. Keeping the coat short cuts down on mats.

What is the temperament of the Sealyham Terrier?

Sealyham puppies are very active, but these dogs mature into calm, relaxed, low energy adults in the home. Sealyhams can be stubborn and require early obedience training and socialization with a gentle hand. They respond well when treated kindly and offered food tidbits. As terriers, they will not tolerate rough handling or teasing and may snap. They are not recommended for small children, They have strong hunting instincts and do not do well with other pets. They can be aggressive with same sex dogs. A daily walk on leash will help keep the Sealyham trim and fit. They enjoy apartment living as long as they have their daily walk.

What is the Sealyham Terrier used for?

The Sealyham was used to hunt small game, particularly badgers. But with hunting bans in many places, the Sealyham has become a beloved companion.

Possible Health Issues

Lens luxation, allergies, hypothyroidism

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