The Sealyham Terrier is a breed of terrier dogs that developed in Britain, officially in the mid-1800s. Though this small, AKC-recognized breed was earlier known for its working skills (especially hunting), it is now a relatively rare breed, and hence, not much common. They have an elongated body, a small, erect tail, and short but sturdy legs, making them stand very close to the ground level. Their eyes and nose tip are black, while the muzzle is somewhat long. The whole body and even parts of its pear-like face are covered with long, coarse hair.
|Other Names/Nick Names||Welsh Border Terrier, Cowley Terrier|
|Coat||Double, dense, rough, long, water-resistant|
|Colors||Primarily White, with Black, Blue, Brown, Cream, Yellow face markings (Breed Standard)|
|Type||Terrier, Working Dog, Companion Dog, Watchdog|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Lifespan||11 to 15 years|
|Weight||Male: 23-24 pounds;
Female: 18-22 pounds
|Height (size)||Small; 24-28 inches|
|Personality Traits||Alert, aggressive, independent, cheerful, loyal, stubborn, responsive|
|Litter Size||3-6 puppies|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Good for New/First-time Owners||Yes|
|Intelligence||Average (33.3% approx.)|
|Country of Origin||UK|
|Time Developed||Mid-19th century|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||AKC, FCI, ANKC, CKC, KC (UK), NZKC, UKC
The documented history of the Sealyham Terrier begins from the middle of the 19th century. Before this period, there is only a few evidence of the existence of a white, long-sized, small terrier breed imported into Wales during the 15th century. This evidence received some acceptance since, Capt. John Edwardes took the initiative of developing the Sealyham Terrier. He belonged to the Edwardes family that is believed to have introduced the breed a few centuries back.
Nonetheless, between 1850 and 1891, Capt. Edwardes involved himself dedicatedly in developing it. Initially, this dog was used to control pests, and control vermins, especially badgers, as well as to hunt small game. Edwardes did not keep any record as to what breeds he implemented in the development of the Sealyham Terrier. Many believe that the breeds like Welsh Corgi, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Bull Terrier, Wirehaired Fox Terrier, and the presently extinct White Cheshire Terrier all played their roles in its development.
Very soon, the Sealyham Terrier gained prominence for its promptness in encountering foxes, otters, and badgers, while its voguish appearance gained it the privilege of appearing in the dog shows, with its first appearance being in 1903.
In 1911, the Sealyham Terrier was recognized by the AKC. Soon after, the demand for this dog started to soar rapidly because of its hunting skills and extreme competitiveness in dog shows. It even got associated with the Hollywood stars and the British Royal Family. However, since the World War I, the popularity of this breed has somewhat declined with a significant drop in their numbers, though not on the verge of extinction. However, new breeders have also started to develop crosses with this terrier breed.
These well-mannered canines make a ‘magical bonding’ with their owners and family, emerging as excellent companion dogs. However, they are independent enough, doing fine when left alone.
Because of their innate hunting instinct, they are often seen digging and barking, and can even be quite vocal. This breed has a boisterous personality, loving to play and run around with family members. These terriers are completely safe for kids, though prefer staying reserved when strangers are around, that make them good watchdogs. If trained properly from puppyhood, they will learn to get along with other pets, including other dogs, birds, and cats.
This dog is one of the calmer terrier breeds and is suited for both country and city life. S. Terriers can make excellent working dogs, keeping the premises free from mice and rats.
Stick to the same diet schedule as small terriers. High-quality dry kibbles are best. The quantity is 3/4 to 1.5 cups daily.