Sealyham Terrier is a lovely and affectionate high-spirited family dog. This rare breed has a calm and cheerful personality. It was developed by Captain John Edwards in the middle of the 19th century and was named after his mansion, Sealyham that was located near the Sealy River in Pembrokeshire.
The breed originated in Wales by crossing breeds like West Highland White Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Corgi, Wirehaired Fox Terrier and Bull terrier. Sealyham Terrier dog breed was initially developed for the purpose of getting a dog that could be used for hunting a variety of small game such as badger, fox, otter etc.
These dogs are characterized by a compact, muscular and low to the ground body. The skull is somewhat domed and has a slight indentation running down between the eyebrows and the muzzle. There is a moderate stop. The deep set eyes, set well apart are oval in shape bearing a typical terrier expression. They are medium in size and dark in color. The hanging ears are folded forwards and have well rounded at the tips.
Color: The color is usually solid white with or without lemon, tan or badger markings on the head and ears.
Height: The average height of male as well as female Sealyham Terriers is usually up to 12 inches.
Weight: The ideal weight of these dogs is generally about 23 to 24 pounds. Bitches usually weigh a bit less than the dogs.
Sealyham Terrier breed dogs are generally healthy but some may be susceptible to deafness, eye problems, skin sensitivities, allergies etc.
Life Expectancy: The average Sealyham Terrier lifespan is generally 11 to 13 years.
Litter Size: 3 to 6 puppies
The wiry and weather-resistant medium length hair coat of a Sealyham Terrier needs to be brushed about two times in a week to prevent matting. The under coat is soft and dense whereas the outer coat is hard, wiry. As it does not shed much, Sealyham Terrier grooming calls for trimming or stripping of the hair coat. Besides, check and clean the dog’s eyes and ears on a regular basis. Bathe your beloved doggy only when needed.
Sealyham Terrier temperament is calm, friendly, loving, trustworthy, courageous, independent and intelligent. As these dogs are somewhat stubborn and independent, the task of training can be a bit challenging, even though they are quick to learn. Firm and consistent training works best when dealing with Sealyham Terrier dogs. Lack of proper training and socialization encourages destructive behaviors like obsessive barking.
They are usually compatible with other pets in the house, especially when properly socialized. Besides, they are good with children, preferably older ones who do not handle the dog irresponsibly. Sealyham Terrier breed dogs thrive on human companionship and tend to suffer from separation anxietywhen left alone for a long time. They can be reserved with strangers and make excellent watchdogs.
These dogs require moderate amount of physical exercise. The activity needs can be fulfilled with the help of daily brisk walks, a good romp in a secure open area off lead and interactive play sessions. Apart from this, digging holes in your yard and chasing moving entities seem to be their favorite pastimes.
Cooler weather conditions are more suitable for these inquisitive and charming dogs. These dogs are relatively inactive indoors and do well in apartment situation even without a yard. Sealyham Terrier puppies are generally more active than the low-key adult dogs.