The Sealyham terrier is a Strong dog whose height is very short as it is low to the ground as a result of its short legs. The head is long and broad with the shape of the skull being dome shaped and there being a small indent between the eyebrows and the adjoining muzzle of the dog. The dog has a black nose that is an opening to two large nostrils. The oval and wide set eyes are dark. The teeth of the dog meet in a scissor bite.
The top line of the dog is level. From this, it is easy to conclude that the back and front legs of the dog are straight. The dog has oval and wide set eyes which are dark in color. The exact color of the eyes is determined by the color of the skin coat. The Sealyham terrier has large wide ears which hang down towards the cheeks.
The Sealyham terrier comes with a wiry hair coat which is a representation of the dog having a double coat. This means that there is a close and dense undercoat that lies close to the body. Common color coats of the Sealyham terrier include tan, lemon,, solid white and with markings on the head and ears. The tail of the dog is carried high on the back and it is normally docked. It is however important to note that there is legislation on most parts of Europe that outlaws docking of the dog’s tail. Average height ought not to exceed 12 inches while the weight should not exceed 20 pounds.
The Sealyham terrier is an affectionate dog that us loyal, loving and well spirited. It loves being outdoor with the owner walking or even playing. The dog is courageous too and does not seem to have any fear in it. Upon pursuing a course of action, it will do so to the end. It is this trait that made it a very popular hunting dog.
One thing that makes the Sealyham terrier rather unique as compared to other terrier breeds is that it is very reserved and does not make friends with humans easily. It forms bonds well with other household pets. In training, it understands commands quickly as it tries to please its owner. Upon successful training it can be used as a track dog, a hunting dog as well as a watchdog.
This dog is naturally healthy and does not have any conditions affecting it.
Low mortality cases are recognized all across the board. Average lifespan is about 15 years.
This dog requires a brush or hair once a week. It is however advisable that the dog should have its hair trimmed and stripped by a professional every 3 months to ensure it maintains the best possible look.
The breed was developed by a Captain John Edwards in the 1850’s. Its close relatives include the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, The Welsh Highland Corgi and the Wirehaired Fox Terrier. The terrier was recognized by the AKC in 1911.