The Sealyham Terrier looks like a white Scottish Terrier with its small head and long, square muzzle. From their muzzle, flows a long white beard. They have large, round dark- colored eyes and big ears which fold over into a “V” shape. They have a wide neck and body. Their short legs are covered with thick hair. They have a medium sized tail which sticks straight out or up after being docked. Their fur is thick, yet stays close to their body. Under their belly, their fur cascades down almost to the floor. The coat color should always be pure white.
The Sealyham Terrier is perky and fearless. Family is important because they want lots of love and attention. They get along well with older children. Strangers will see no affection from a Sealyham Terrier and will only be ignored. Having other dogs around them is not a good idea, because they can be extremely aggressive towards them. However, they are good with small animals. Like most terriers, they are very smart and independent.
The Sealyham is a relatively hardy breed with a few non-life threatening genetic diseases, including allergies and lens luxation. Additionally seen in the breed are bladder infections, ear infections, and back problems but these are not as prevalent as the two formerly mentioned issues. The Sealyham has an average life span of about 15 years.
The Sealyham Terrier originated in Wales around the 1850’s. Captain John Edwards decided to experiment by crossing an assortment of hounds and terriers together, including the Corgie and the Dandie Dinmont. This breed was the result of those experimentations. About six decades later, the breed was officially recognized.
The Sealyham Terrier requires little grooming. Brushing about every two weeks keeps matting to a minimum. If they are a show dog, their coat will need to be stripped. They do not need much exercise because they are low energy. A short walk around the block will be enough to release their small amount of energy.
Sealyham Terriers are always self-confident and fun. Being a major part of the family is important for these little dogs who enjoy affection from their family. Older children can be great for play with this breed, but younger ones may not be respectful and quiet enough for them. Strangers will not get the same warm greeting as the owners but will also not be treated in an aggressive or threatening manner. Sealyham Terriers can be extremely dog aggressive, but small animals do not need to worry because Sealyham Terriers are usually friendly with them. The breed can easily live in an apartment or house because they require little exercise and do not need a yard. The breed is good for elderly people because they are fairly calm and inactive. The breed prefers cooler weather but can live in any climate.
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