The Sealyham Terrier is playful, hardy, affectionate, alert and courageous. How Sealyham Terriers get along with other animals and people depends a lot upon their early social training. If they have had positive contact with children and other pets during puppyhood then there shouldn't be any problems. They may or may not be cautious with strangers or unknown dogs. Sealyham Terriers are generally intelligent and learn easily, but can have a mind of their own. They make brave, energetic and loyal companions.
The coat needs to be combed on a regular basis and should be trimmed at a grooming parlour to keep it looking neat. If Sealyham Terriers are being shown then their coats will need to be stripped (hand plucking the dead hairs out).
Sealyham Terriers are tough, active dogs when outdoors, but tend to be calm indoors. They do not need a great deal of exercise and generally adapt to their family's daily activities for their exercise needs. They enjoy long walks in the country or woods and remain playful into old age.
Sealyham Terriers were once known as Pembrokeshire Terriers and they got their modern name from Captain John Edwardes' Sealyham estate in Wales. It was Edwardes who perfected this breed to work with Otter Hounds. They had to be small and brave enough to take on polecats (a type of weasel). They evolved from Welsh Corgis, White West Highland Terriers, white Bull Terriers and Dandie Dinmonts. The dogs that were not game enough were discarded from Edwardes breeding programme.
General Appearance: Sturdy, oblong shape and short-legged.
Color: White or white with brown, lemon, badger or blue markings on the ears and head. It is undesirable to have too much black or heavy ticking (flecks of black or colored hair interspersed on a white coat).
Coat: The outer coat is wiry, long and hard. The under coat is thick, soft and water resistant.
Tail: Set in line with the back and carried erect.
Ears: Folded, of medium size and hanging to the side of the cheeks.
Body: The body is of medium length and the shoulders are well-laid back. The chest is deep and wide and the topline is level.
- Sealyham Terriers enjoy digging in gardens and may not be a good option for those who have neatly laid-out gardens.