Sealyham Terriers
Sporty Little Welsh Dogs!

Sealyham Terriers originated in Wales, England. Captain John Edwards is credited with the breed's development which took place on his estate in Wales around 1850. The breed takes its name from the town of Sealyham located in the county of Pembrokeshire in Wales.

Sealyham terrier in the grassRicky

Though there are no precise records, likely contributors to its lineage include the Corgi, Dandie Dinmont, West Highland White, and Wire-Haired Fox Terriers.

The Sealyham is an alert and fearless breed with a long and low body which was well suited to his job of quarrying small animals in their dens. Today he is still highly regarded as a good mouser.

Attractive and appealing are words that best describe his appearance. Around his face he wears long bangs and whiskers, giving him a noble look. His stunning white coat is frequently admired.

Famous owners of the breed include Alfred Hitchcock, the renowned film director.

Characteristics of Sealyham Terriers

For a terrier, this dog is calmer and but still as active as most of his kin. Owners describe him as a fearless watchdog and an ideal family companion, being both loyal and loving, as well as cheerful. He likes to take it easy around the house and enjoys human company.

Although very sociable - he's often described as "merry", he will reserve judgment of strangers until his owner shows acceptance of them.

Like most terriers, he does have an independent streak - hey, these dogs had to think for themselves when chasing their prey down a hole!

They also come from a pack background, so they will be looking around for their leader - that's where you come in. Once they know who's the boss, consistent and fair training will do the rest.

If you want one of these cute dogs, you may have to get on a list because they are kinda rare and hard to find.

Sealyham Terriers running in the grassCourtesy a-z-animals

Physical Stats And Care

Height: 10-11 inches
22-25 lbs.
Coat Color:
Pure white, or with tan or badger markings on head and ears.
Up to 14 years with good care

Sealyham Terriers have a hard and wiry outer coat with an undercoat that is soft and weatherproof.

The coat is worn quite long and regular brushing with a slicker brush and/or a pin brush is necessary to avoid tangles and mats. Periodic stripping should be done to keep the coat is the best condition.

On the plus side, shedding is minimal, but does make it more important to brush faithfully to remove loose hair in the coat!

How Active is the Sealyham?

Sealyham Terriers can be very active. They need daily exercise to turn them down a notch and make them better pets indoors.

Getting the Sealyham out for regular walks sufficient to burn off some energy as well as for their health and well-being, is important.

Ideal Living Space

Not demanding of space - easily adapts to apartment or house. A small yard for romping and training would be a nice extra.

Sealyham Terriers With Children?

Best with older children who are considerate and sensitive with pets. Being of pack origin, they like the company of other dogs as well as family members.

The best policy, no matter what the breed, is to have adult supervision whenever pets and children are are interacting.

Seniors Or Less Active Families?

The loyal demeanor of this lovely breed makes the Sealyham Terrier an excellent companion for seniors or more sedentary family.

That being said, exercise needs to be provided every day. He's a terrier after all and can be quite active indoors if short changed on his walks. Plus he loves to run freely somewhere safe if this is possible.

Further Reading

sealyham terrier breed book
Sealyham Terrier: Special Rare-breed Edition (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)

Current information covering breed history, characteristics and attributes, breed standard, grooming, puppy care, house-training, nutrition, basic training, health and the potential disorders that are of interest to all purebred dog enthusiasts.

Resource: Find a reputable Sealyham puppy breeder: AKC Marketplace

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