Sealyham Terrier

Wales’ very own Sealyham Terrier!


Behavior common to the Sealyham Terrier

A Sealyham Terrier is known to be loaded with all kinds of personality. Owners of this breed often say they would never own any other type of dog but this one. They are different from other terriers in that they are not quite as active and are more laid-back, making them less prone to the barking and yapping that occurs with many other terrier breeds. They are not high strung like other terriers and do not need a lot of exercise, which makes them the ideal pet for those living the apartment life or for retirees or senior citizens who cannot exercise often.  While they do need exercise, a walk each day is usually more than enough for them. They love to just curl up on the sofa and lounge and relax, making them perfect for an indoor lifestyle.

The Sealyham Terrier needs to be trained early on and the training needs to be held to or this dog will take over. They need lots of praise, treats and consistency in order to stick with the training and learn proper obedience. If you bend any of your rules, they will see this as an opening to start taking control and take over as the leader.

Families with small children may want to think twice about getting a Sealyham Terrier. They do not share toys and food well, so toddlers who pick up toys or get in the way while eating have been known to get snapped at. They also do not do well with cats or other small animals and are prone to chase them. For this reason, a fenced yard or having your dog always on a leash when outside is a good idea. They are also known to be aggressive towards other dogs that they are not raised with, so care needs to be taken.

Appearance of the Sealyham Terrier

The Sealyham Terrier is known for its very large head and skull. It also sports a very bushy beard that lets it stand out from other terriers. Their tail is set forward on their body and stands straight up like an antenna. They are generally about ten inches tall and weigh about twenty-four pounds when fully grown.  Their coat is a double coat that is about medium length and is resistant to weather. While the undercoat is thick and very soft, the outer coat is wiry and very crisp, something that this breed is known for. Most of the time this dog is entirely white, but on occasion they will be other color markings on the ears or on the head that are tan or lemon.

Grooming your Sealyham Terrier

Because of the nature of their coat, a Sealyham Terrier needs to be brushed several times a week in order to maintain the coat and keep it free of debris, tangles and mats. Show dogs often have their coats stripped several times a year to keep it looking crisp, while for house dogs this is optional. House pets are often clipped instead and the hair is just kept shorter to make it more manageable. However, when they are clipped they are apt to shed more often, something you need to keep in mind.

History of the Sealyham Terrier

The name for the Sealyham Terrier comes from the name of the estate of the gentleman who originally raised the breed in Wales during the 1800s. He lived on the Sealy Ham estate on the Seal River in Wales and developed the breed to hunt small animals like fox and badger. It is a cross of many different breeds of terrier to come up with this particular type of terrier that is assertive, small and strong. It is not a particularly common breed to see around the world and is still found mainly in Britain.