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AKC Meet the Breeds: Sealyham Terrier

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

Although small, the Sealyham Terrier is the embodiment of power and determination -- a true terrier! The Sealyham's wiry, weather-resistant double coat should be all white. Lemon, tan, or badger-colored markings are allowed on the head and ears. Very keen and alert, the breed was used as a hunter in the past, although today they excel as a family pet and participant in Earthdog competitions.

A Look Back
Originally bred in Wales, the Sealyham was developed from the West Highland White Terrier, the Wirehaired Fox Terrier, the Bull Terrier, and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The breed derives its name from Sealy Ham, Haverfordwest, Wales, the estate of Captain John Edwards, who created this breed to quarry badger, fox, and otter. Always game and very quick, the Sealyham's white coat was necessary so that they could be distinguished from the varmint they went to ground to capture!

Right Breed for You?
This proud, compact, sturdy little dog makes an ideal companion. Charming and inquisitive, he loves his family, but as a spirited terrier breed, needs something to keep his active mind occupied. The breed may enjoy hunting on the farm, but can thrive anywhere if they are allowed to enjoy a brisk daily walk. Brushing and combing is necessary at least twice a week to remove mats, and trimming is necessary every month.

  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1911.
  • Ideal size about 10 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder and approximately 24 pounds.
  • Badger/otter/fox hunter.

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Comments (1)

  • Sealygal 21 Aug, 2010

    This is a WONDERFUL breed. Most people have never heard of a Sealyham. They used to be one of the most popular breeds back in the 30's, however they have decreased in numbers since. People such as Alfred Hitchcock, Gary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis