The silly, scruffy Sealyham Terrier is a born canine comedian. This breed is surprisingly laid back for a terrier: she's calm, easygoing, and loves to spend time with her chosen people. We know God loves a terrier (at least according to the movie Best in Show), but the Sealyham just might be Her favorite.
These dogs are beefy and buff for their size, and have lots of vim and vigor. Originally bred to hunt fox, otter, and badgers, Sealyham Terriers move like running backs — low to the ground, determined, and powerful. These days, many Sealyhams make devoted family companions and fierce competitors in earthdog trials.
Originally from Wales, this small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 18-24 pounds and lives an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Terrier group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Hunting
Breed Group: Terrier
Average Lifespan: 12-14 years
Bark Factor: Moderate
AKC RANKING 144
AREA OF ORIGIN Wales
DATE OF ORIGIN 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION badger, otter, and fox hunting
TODAY'S FUNCTION earthdog trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 10.5 Weight: 23-24
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 10.5 Weight: 18-22
OTHER NAME none
Energy level Low energy
Exercise needs Low
Playfullness Not very playful
Affection level Moderately affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangers Friendly
Ease of training Easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Moderate maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A SEALYHAM TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Sealyham Terriers are brave, outgoing, and alert. They have that charming, inquisitive terrier spirit, but aren't as stroppy as some smaller terriers can be. With socialization and supervision, your playful Sealyham may get along well with children, and even other dogs and household cats.
WHAT IS SEALYHAM TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
A Sealyham Terrier is pretty butch for a small dog: she's sturdy, strong, powerful, and determined. This is a somewhat active breed who'll appreciate lots of time to chase, dig, and explore every day. If you're planning to play offleash, be sure you're in a safe, traffic-free area and you've practiced reliable recall — this dog will follow her nose just about anywhere, and isn't great about looking both ways before she crosses.
Once she's had enough exercise, Sealyhams make for a calm and well-mannered housemate. However, in terms of barking, the Sealyham resembles many of her terrier cousins — this dog likes to be vocal.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A SEALYHAM TERRIER?
Though they can be a smidge stubborn, Sealyham Terriers respond well to training. They'll appreciate both the physical challenges and the mental stimulation learning provides with positive training methods. This breed excels in agility, earthdog, rally, and obedience events. Sealyhams are also fierce competitors in the dog show ring.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO SEALYHAM TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Sealyham Terriers are seasonal shedders. Plan to comb and brush this pup a few times a week to stay on top of mats and tangles. She'll probably need monthly trimming. Sealyhams who compete in the show ring will need hand stripping.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO SEALYHAM TERRIERS HAVE?
As a breed, Sealyham Terriers are generally healthy. Some are susceptible to eye disease and deafness.
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ARE SEALYHAM TERRIERS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Sealyham Terriers among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after you've been playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog as small as a Sealyham Terrier!
WHAT IS A SEALYHAM TERRIER'S BEST DAY?
Sealyham Terriers thrive on activity and attention. Take this dog somewhere she can run around, sniff, and dig, while being sure to place your picnic blanket somewhere she can easily find. That tiny tail won't stop a'wagging all day.
SHOULD I ADOPT A SEALYHAM TERRIER?
They're prone to barking and digging — so if you're fussy about your yard or have noise-sensitive neighbors, this might not be the breed for you. These dogs are also independent-minded and can be stubborn; this pup is no pushover! But her small size and moderate exercise needs make the Sealyham Terrier a great fit for many different homes. If you like the stylish look of a terrier but are better suited to a calmer sort of dog, the Sealyham Terrier might be just the ticket.
Have you decided that a Sealyham Terrier is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.