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Sealyham Terrier

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If the jaunty Sealyham Terrier makes you think of a Scottish Terrier or the West Highland White Terrier or even a Pembroke Corgi, there may be good cause.  The breed was developed with a sharp eye to function and working ability as a killer of fox, badger and otters.  Other breeds were utilized in developing this serious little hunter in Wales.  As there is little need for such workers, the breed enjoys its popularity as a lively and delightful companion. Enjoying good health, long life and a playful attitude as well as attributes of a good watchdog, the Sealyham is promised a future as a cherished companion of devoted fanciers.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: under 12 inches
Weight: 18-20 pounds Longevity: midteens
Colors: white or white with lemon, black, blue or badger Coat type: long, hard wiry topcoat with dense undercoat
Recognized Registries: FCI, ANKC, AKC, UKC, CKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Free-moving, active, balanced and of great substance in small compass. General outline oblong, not square.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: vigilant and fearless, quite friendly and entertaining
  with Children: variable but definitely requires socialization, well behaved children and supervision.
  with other pets: variable, they were bred to hunt vermin after all
  with dogs: somewhat variable
Socialization requirements: rather high to prevent shy and/or tyrannical behavior
Ideal home characteristics: One that enjoys the antics of this lively Terrier attitude and appreciates the independent nature. Willing to maintain grooming requirements. Otherwise well suited for many lifestyles.
Temperament Notes: Happy, exuberant, playful, lively, jaunty, intelligent and entertaining.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: The Sealyham Terrier seems an unlikely choice for the competitive trainer but that doesn't mean they are without their advantages.  As a breed they are typically friendly, confident and intelligent.  Granted, their independence makes consistency a bit of a challenge but that doesn't mean it is beyond them.  As much as they love a good game, the clever trainer will combine training with those games to develop a great attitude about training in their dog.  As a small dog, the added challenge is a willingness to bend down frequently but this is not unlike any other small dog.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1800s (1910 by TKC)
Country of Origin: Wales
Original Function: otter, fox and badge hunter
History: Developed with a strict eye to working ability in the 1800s, utilizing a number of Terrier breeds and perhaps even the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: back problems, deafness, eye problems, hip dysplasia
Health Testing: OFA, CERF, BAER,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Sealyham Terriers?
  • Why do you have Sealyham Terriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Sealyham Terrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Sealyham Terrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Sealyham Terrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Sealyham Terrier?
  • How do you assist or help Sealyham Terriers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: While the Sealyham Club of America website offers breeder referrel there is NO mention of rescue or the code of ethics (other than that people must agree to it to join the club).  This oversite is critical for the parent club tasked with being the custodian of a breed.
    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Standard as per the Sealyham Terrier Club of America - The Kennel Club (UK) standard for the Sealyham Terrier

    Breeder Ethics: Ironically the membership application for the Sealyham Terrier Club of America is available on their website and requires agreement with their code of ethics as a requisite for membership, but the code of ethics is no where on the site.
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