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sealyham

Sealyham terrier

[see-lee-ham, -lee-uhm]

Breed of terrier developed in the late 19th century by Capt. John Edwardes for hunting foxes, otters, and badgers on his Welsh estate, Sealyham. A small, short-legged, sturdy dog, it was bred for courage, stamina, and hunting ability. It has a double coat, soft underneath and wiry on top, and may be solid white or white with darker markings on its head and drooping ears. It stands about 10 in. (25.5 cm) and weighs about 20 lbs (9 kg).

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The Sealyham Terrier is a dog breed, of the terrier type. The Sealyham Terrier was originally developed in Wales.

History

The Sealyham Terrier derives its name from Sealyham, Haverfordwest, Wales, the estate of Captain John Edwards, who developed a strain of dogs noted for their prowess in quarrying small game. He crossed Basset Hounds, Bull Terriers, the Fox Terrier, the West Highland White Terrier, and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, and tested the offspring for hunting ability, culling those who did not prove game.

With the advent of dog shows, the Sealyham became a popular showdog. Today it is primarily a companion dog, and not used for hunting.

The first Sealyham Terrier club was created in 1908 and the breed was officially recognised in 1910. The Sealyham Terrier now is recognised by all of the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world. The Sealyham was once one of the more popular terriers and one of the best known Welsh breeds. Today, however, The Kennel Club (UK) lists the Sealyham as amongst the most endangered native breeds.

Appearance

Sealyhams should not be over 31cms (12ins) in height, measured at the withers, and should weigh around 9kgs (20 lbs). Coat colours include white, white with lemon, brown, and blue. A great deal of black is undesirable, as is ticking (speckled).

Temperament

Sealyham terriers have been described as couch potatoes, "displaying an even temper and a calm and relaxed attitude". The breed standard calls for them to be friendly but alert.

Grooming

Sealyham coats are groomed by stripping, in order to keep the coat from becoming too soft.

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