Sealyham Terriers


Sealyham Terriers

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The Sealyham Terrier is named for the country estate of the breed's founder, Captain John Edwardes, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. During the mid-1800s, Captain Edwardes needed a dog that could rid his acreage of the foxes, badgers, otters, rats, polecats, and rabbits that infested it. He did not care for the other terriers in the region so he decided to create his own breed. It is not known what breeds he used but there is speculation that they include the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the West Highland White Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, and the Bull Terrier. The Sealyham was recognized as its own breed by the Kennel Club of Great Britain in 1911 and the American Kennel Club in 1913, long after Captain Edwardes had passed away.
The Sealyham Terrier is an affectionate companion with plenty of terrier spunk. He is playful, eager to please, and sociable. He also makes an excellent guard dog.
The head of the Sealyham Terrier is long, broad and powerful. It is in perfect balance to the body. The length of head is approximately three-quarters the height at the withers and one inch longer than the neck. Breadth between the ears is less than half the length of the head. The skull is slightly domed. The eyes are dark, deep set, medium in size and oval. The ears are folded level with the top of the head. The forward edge of the ear is held close to the cheek. They are well rounded at the tip. The drop off between skull and muzzle (stop) is moderate. The jaws are powerful and square with a level bite. The nose is large and black. The neck is muscular without being coarse. The legs are strong and straight with good bone. The feet are large, round and compact. The body is strong and short-coupled. The brisket is deep. The length from withers to tail set should equal the height at the withers. The top line is level. The tail is docked and carried upright. The coat is a weather-resistant double coat. There is a soft, dense undercoat and a hard, wiry top coat. The hair around the eyes and muzzle is exceeding long. Coat color is white with lemon, tan or badger markings on the head and ears. Average height is ten-and one-half inches. Average weight is between twenty and twenty-two pounds.



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