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Sealyham Terrier

Group: Terriers (Group 2)
Club: Sporting Terrier Club of Victoria Inc (Group 2)
Contact: Kerry Hellsten
Phone: 0432 764 470
Email: sportingterrierclubofvictoria@yahoo.com.au
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About the Sealyham Terrier

 

Background In the year 1850, or thereabouts, Captain John Edwardes of Sealyham, Haverfordwest, Wales, set out to establish the breed which we know today as the Sealyham Terrier. Captain Edwardes was intent on creating a new breed which was small, robust, dead-game and not only intelligent but also of pleasing appearance. Though the combination of breeds that produced the Sealyham has always been kept secret, it is generally thought that its ancestors were the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The latter is credited with giving the Sealyham his great courage and, to a degree, his sturdy build. The Sealyham is also said to carry the blood of the West Highland White Terrier, the Wire Fox Terrier and the Bull Terrier.

Average Lifespan The Sealyham Terrier can live to 15 years. Owners must realise they are taking this lovely breed on for its lifetime.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Those fortunate people who have had a good Sealyham Terrier seldom want one of another breed in its place. A good Sealyham is good in character, health and looks. They are individuals and completely satisfying as companions in and out of doors. They make very good guards. They become devoted to their family of owners; they never forget a friend or a foe. They are most affectionate and return the love they get fully and joyfully. They are a lovely size and can curl up in an amazingly small space. They are naturally fond of children, love to play ball and quickly learn tricks, love to fetch, retrieve and carry, and some are very good with the gun. However, they must at an early age learn who is boss, as they are, although loveable and most companionable, somewhat self-willed and obstinate.

Compatibility With Other Pets As a puppy, the Sealyham Terrier can be taught to live with cats, other dogs, and birds, etc. His boisterous nature, particularly with older pets, can be annoying but once he settles into a family, peace returns!

Care Requirements No family should take on the Sealyham Terrier unless they are prepared to look after it properly, particularly the coat care. Being white, this double coat needs regular combing with a strong wire comb to get right down to the job of keeping the coat free of matting. The coat does need regular stripping or clipping. If not being shown, the coat can be clipped every 5 months but if he is a show dog, regular stripping is needed to keep him looking in lovely condition. Either way, contact the breeder who would normally offer after sales service. Eyes, ears and mouth should be checked every week, each day in the case of eyes. Please also remember to give your dog their daily or monthly heartworm treatment and a booster vaccination every 12 months. This little dog does not suffer with any major health problems.

Ideal Owner/s Anyone who is prepared to give love and attention to this attractive small breed.

In Conclusion If you wish to purchase a Sealyham Terrier puppy, in the first instance make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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