Sealyham Terrier (Terrier Group)
The Sealyham Terrier is not your average terrier. Unlike most of the group, these dogs are unusually calm and mild-mannered. They present the look of a short-legged toy dog but with the function of a great hunter. Sealyham Terriers are perfect for any family that enjoys a dog that has minimal upkeep and small enough to bring anywhere.
They are absolutely perfect to have around children. With a playful personality and always ready to dig and chase, the Sealyham is the ideal companion. They are moderately friendly towards other pets in the house and somewhat reserved around strange people and dogs, yet will bark incessantly at night if someone approaches, making the breed an outstanding watchdog.
A Brief History Of The Sealyham Terrier
The Sealyham Terrier is the product of a man named Captain John Edwardes, of Sealyham. It’s origins are from Wales and they date back to the 1800s. It is said that the breed may even go as far back as the 15th century, as John Edwardes is a descendant of family that is rumored to have imported the small dogs into Wales.
From 1850 to 1891 the Captain worked hard at taking his family of dogs and creating the Sealyham Terrier that we admire today. The exact crosses that went into his breeding program are not documented, but some experts believe that it carries the traits of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Whatever bloodlines went into the mix, the results were positive – a plucky terrier that gained quick respect as an avid hunter of small animals, foxes, and otters.
The Sealyham Terrier became a natural at winning dog shows, entering the show ring in 1903 and becoming officially recognized by the AKC in 1911. Dog enthusiasts quickly sought out the breed because of its smart appearance, dog show qualities, and hunting skills. To this day it is a regular contender in earthdog trials around the globe.
Upkeep Requirements For The Sealyham Terrier
Taking care of the Sealyham Terrier is as easy as can be for any dog owner. They are only moderately active so daily exercise requirements can be met with a few short walks on the leash and a romp around the living room floor, making these dogs perfect candidates for individuals living in a small apartment.
Sealyham Terriers have tolerance to moderately hot or cool temperatures, but are not the type to live completely outside. In fact, they are best suited for indoor living. They enjoy playing games and exploring when given the chance. Grooming requirements for the Sealyham Terrier calls for a good brushing of its wiry coat two to three times per week. A good shaping is also recommended every three months to keep the coat neat.
The average lifespan of the Sealyham Terrier is between eleven and thirteen years. There are no major Health Concerns and the only minor health issues that run common in the breed include lens luxation and retinal dysplasia. Veterinarians suggest that the Sealyham get specifically tested for eye problems.