The breed first appeared in the middle of the 19thcentury in Wales. It was developed by Captain John Edwardes at the Sealyham House. He wanted to develop a small hunting dog with a strong jaw and a recognizable white coat, mostly to hunt rodents such as badgers, mice and rats, but also foxes and otters. The dog was first shown in 1903, following the creation of the Sealyham Terrier club in 1908. The Sealyhams are a crossbreed between the Welsh Corgi, the Fox Terrier and the English White Terrier.
The Sealyham Terrier does not impress with size, but it could very much impress with appearance. Measurements may vary, depending on the breed standard of a country, but their height should not be more than 30cm and their weight more than 9kg for males and 8kg for females. With their white coat, they appear quite attractive to the eye. The dog could have markings on its face, which would appear in different colors such as lemon, blue, brown or badger (a mix of brown and black). Patching or markings on the body are not advisable. The dog is with a long head and domed skull. Nose should be black with big nostrils. Its teeth form a scissor bite. With wide ears and oval black eyes, the dog looks adorable.
Character and behavior
Dogs of this breed are perfect companions, but they do just fine on their own. They can live in the countryside or in the city, both suits them fine. They could also be trained as a devoted and hardworking dog, hunting mice and rats. But they can be just friendly and lovable puppies, playing with children or other family pets, such as other dogs, birds and even cats. They are also loving and caring, but if not well socialized, in rare cases they could develop the “Small Dog Syndrome”. In which case the little fellow could become stubborn and would not understand who his leader is. This scenario could resolve in bad behavior, intensive barking and separation anxiety.
Training and education
This breed needs a strong presence. The dog needs to understand a rules, which means they need someone with advanced skills in the human-dog relationship. The “Small Dog Syndrome” is not inherited by birth, but occurs due to improper education. They could be difficult to train, but are perfect hunters.
The Sealyham Terrier is known to be a healthy breed. There are not many problems concerning their health, except the “Lens luxation”. It is a condition which damages the dog’s lenses and could result in glaucoma, or even blindness.
Grooming and care
If they are trimmed or tripped regularly, their shedding is minimum to none. They could live in an apartment or in a house, so if you are looking to purchase a puppy of this breed, you could be quite satisfied with your choice, as the dog is a good company and would not demand much in return.
Children and other pets
Generally good with children and pets, they are always ready for a walk or a game. They are kind, loving and would always welcome a new family member. If you have a big family and are looking for puppies for sale, this dog is a very good choice.
Some of the very best of the Hollywood elite actually owned a Sealyham Terrier. Some of them were Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davies and Elizabeth Taylor. We could also mention Agatha Christie, she had one too. Alfred Hitchcock had two dogs of the breed, one of which appeared in his movie “Suspicion”. King George V of the British royal family also favored the breed, and so did the princess Margaret, who actually wanted the dogs to be brought to the bed with her breakfast.