Sealyham Terrier Overview
In the mid 1800s, there was an estate called Sealyham, where its owner, Captain John Edwards, decided to make the perfect terrier breed. The breed had to be fast, small and brave. The breed also required a light color so as not to be mistaken for prey by larger hounds. Several breeds came together including the Bull Terrier, Dandie Dinmont, White terriers and many more to create the Sealyham Terrier.
Sealyham Terrier Characteristics
The Sealyham Terrier features an almost pure-white body but may have black markings around the face, giving them an almost panda-bear appearance. The ears are triangular and the tail upright like many terrier breeds. They are low to the ground and feature a silky long coat similar in appearance to that of the Scottish Terrier.
Sealyham Terrier Temperament
Like most terrier breeds, the Sealyham is brave, proud and curious. This is a breed with extra self-confidence and enough charm to wow a crowd. While reserved with strangers, the Sealyham is devoted to his family. Although still all terrier, the Sealyham is considered the most “low-key” of the terrier breeds.
Sealyham Terrier Care
On average, the Sealyham lives 12 to 14 years, typical for a small breed dog. Some breed concerns include back problems due to their long shape, eye problems and congenital deafness related to the white coat color. Deafness is often related to white coat color as a recessive trait of all white-coated breeds.
Sealyham Terrier Coat
Weekly brushing and professional grooming every few months will keep the coat looking its best. The wiry coat needs some clipping and stripping to help preserve the hard texture of the outer coat without matting.
Sealyham Terrier Training
While stubborn and independent like most terriers, the Sealyham’s nature makes him a bit more open to training. Discipline and setting the rules early, combined with patience will help keep the Sealyham happy and from getting into trouble. If he is to be around other dogs or pets, socialization from early puppyhood is a must.
Sealyham Terrier Activity
Daily walks or long play sessions will be enough to keep the Sealyham happy. As a terrier, they also enjoy hunting and flushing out games for mental and physical exercise. Keeping the Sealyham occupied and entertained will help prevent any boredom behaviors.