The Sealyham Terrier!

The Sealyham Terrier are dogs that have dome shaped skulls, round, dark eyes, wide ears, a large nose and a powerful jaw that reveals very strong teeth. The breed also has a long and muscular neck and short yet powerful legs while its tail is docked and carried across its back. Its body is flexible, allowing it to pass in between tight spaces. The coat of the Sealyham Terrier is long and coarse and requires periodic stripping.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
14+ years

Energy Level:
Lower than average.

Living Conditions:
Fine for apartments.


Exercise Needs:
Daily 20 minute walk.

Breed Group:


10-12 inches

17-21 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Solid white, sometimes with brown, blue, lemon or badger markings.

National breed club:
American Sealyham Terrier Club

Sealyham Terrier Skills

The Sealyham Terrier was developed by Captain John Edwards in the mid-19th century, in his estate of Sealyham in Pembrokeshire, England. The breed is a mixture of the Basset of Flanders, the Corgi, the Dandie Dinmont, the West Highland Terrier and the Wirehaired Fox Terrier. Edwards hoped to develop a breed that would hunt badgers by sight and scent. It was even reported that Edwards allowed local farmers to train the dogs. If the Sealyham Terrier is able to face a fox or a badger at 11 months of age, the farmers who trained the dog will receive extra fees. While they are quite difficult to train, the Sealyham Terrier is good at catching mice and is skilled at hunting and tracking.

Sealyham Terrier Personality

The Sealyham Terrier is described as “the most beautiful union between cheerfulness and courage” because of its loyal and affectionate nature. This dog likes to bark and is somehow reserved with strangers. And because Sealyham’s are considered as pack dogs, they welcome companionship with other dogs and genuinely appreciate being made part of the family.

Exercise Needs

Being somewhat a low-energy dog, the Sealyham Terrier requires moderate exercise, such as a short walk, making them a good, low-key companion.

Living Conditions

Because of its size, the Sealyham Terrier is ideal for people living in apartments with small yards. However, it prefers cool climates, because of its dense coat.

Grooming Requirements

The coat of the Sealyham Terrier must be brushed two to three times a week to prevent tangling and matting. While they shed little to no hair, the Sealyham Terrier’s wiry coat needs to be professionally trimmed or stripped, in order to maintain its natural shape.

Health Issues

The Sealyham Terrier is prone to Scottie Cramp, which is a type of movement problem. It is also susceptible to skin infection, flea allergies and Von Willebrand’s disease.

If you liked this dog…

You may also take a liking for the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, which is a very happy and playful breed. It barks at the arrival of guests, making them perfect watch dogs. They love to be in the company of children and adapts a puppy-like attitude for most of its life.


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