Around 1850 Captain John Edwardes of Sealyham, (above is Ch Trailview Triona) in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire, dissatisfied with the terriers he could obtain decided to breed his own. This was to be a terrier that could bolt the fox and otter, draw the badger and hunt whatever other vermin there might be. He put a lot of breeds into the mix; Dandie Dinmont, Corgi, West Highland White Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier and Bull Terrier all played their part in creating the Sealyham Terrier. In addition to hunting ability he wanted a dog that would be sufficiently active to hunt otter with the hound and with sufficient courage to hunt polecats which were a nuisance in the area.
Captain Edwardes was a ruthless breeder; if at a year old a Sealyham could not kill a polecat it was shot. After his death in 1891 Fred Lewis continued to promote the Sealyham and in 1903 it made its first appearance in the showring and was recognised by The Kennel Club in 1911.
Since that time the Sealyham Terrier has been a popular showdog; alert and fearless he will take himself off for an afternoon's hunting given the opportunity but has a friendly disposition and makes a good housedog. Like the other short-legged trimmed terriers his coat does need a good deal of attention if it is to be correct; however, most pet owners will have their dogs clipped which spoils the texture of the coat. The showdog is handstripped to retain the harsh texture.
In common with many of the numerically small breeds there are not always puppies available and you may have to be patient if you are looking for one. He should not be more than 12" at the withers and proportionately in weight to convey the impression of an active, balanced dog of great substance within a small compass.
To read the Sealyham Terrier Breed Standard click here.
Sealyham Terrier Breed Clubs
- MIDLAND SEALYHAM TERRIER CLUB. Sec. Mrs L Hopwood. Tel No: 01204 660146
- SEALYHAM TERRIER BREEDERS ASSOC. Sec. Mr D Winsley Tel No: 01425 479013
Sealyham Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
National Sealyham Terrier Rescue
Mr & Mrs C Mills Essex 01206 337279
Mrs M Longmate East Yorkshire 01964 562525
Sealyham Terrier Breeders
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