Sealyham Terrier

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
Affection / Dependance:
Exercise needed:
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Tendency to bark:
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Tendency to bark:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Terrier    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 18-25 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Curly    Fur Color: White / Cream


Life Expectancy: About 12-15 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Not good for warm climate.

Breed Details


The Sealyham Terrier originated in Wales and was bred to hunt otters, rodents, skunks, and badgers. They are a mixture of the Welsh Corgi, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Fox Terrier, West Highland White Terrier and the Basset Hound. This breed is named after the land that belonged to their original breeder whose name was John Edwards.

These dogs have a unique appearance. They are a short, small bodied breed with a rectangular face, long muzzle and medium sized floppy ears. These dogs have strong muscular legs which give them their speed and agility. The Sealyham Terrier's tail is naturally long but will be docked for show purposes and their coat has a messy appearance but this is the desired look for the breeds standard.

The Sealyham Terrier is a stubborn, independent yet devoted breed that thrives on being included with the family. They are well behaved around dogs, cats and people but should be monitored around small family pets such as mice, hamsters, guinea pigs etc, because they consider these prey. This breed will need a load of affection because they are happiest when they are the center of attention. The Sealyham Terrier will show no fear and will make great watchdogs as they love to alert the family with their loud bark.


The Sealyham Terrier comes in white or off-white, with blue or brown patches. Most commonly seen is the white but the combination of the white and coloured markings are both accepted for show standards.


This breed has a thick messy coat that looks very disorderly. This is designed to protect them against the elements and to insulate them in cold weather. The Sealyham Terrier has a long coarse textured coat that will need annual stripping to remove the dead fur.


The Sealyham Terrier will make a great family pet due to their excellent interaction and affection with both adults and children. When introduced to new people, they can be more aloof but after a few meetings will warm up. This breed is notorious for their barking but are excellent at alerting the family when strangers are near. These dogs love to explore new territory and can entertain themselves well when their owner is not present. Although they can be independent, the Sealyham Terrier should not be left at home alone often as they will become depressed. Although this breed was known to be a vicious hunter of vermin, today they are primarily for companionship. These dogs have become laid back individuals who enjoy the quiet, relaxed life. The Sealyham Terrier are spirited, courageous dogs that will make a great pet!


This breed will need a moderate amount of grooming because they have a long thick coat. Brushing 3-4 times per week, and bathing every 1-2 months will be perfect for this dog. They will need to have their fur stripped at least once a year to remove the dead coat. The Sealyham Terrier is prone to skin allergies, deafness and potentially eye ailments. They are generally a very healthy breed of dog.


The Sealyham Terrier will need very firm training but in a gentle manner to be able to grasp basic obedience. They are intelligent dogs but must be trained on a strict daily basis because they are a more difficult breed to train. It would be best for this type of dog to have an owner who is already experienced in raising or training dogs because this will be of much help. Short lessons that are made enjoyable will definitely help the Sealyham Terrier learn different commands and tricks as long as their owner is consistent and repetitive.


The Sealyham Terrier will need a half an hour of exercise per day and this can be done at an off-leash park so they can run around or on a walk. During the day these dogs burn out a lot of their energy just playing around so will not need an extensive amount of exercise at the end of the day. This breed will do well in an apartment and do not need a backyard but having access to one is a bonus so they can run around in an outdoor environment at home.

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