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Sealyham Terrier

Description

The Sealyham Terrier is a breed of small but strong little dog that originated in Wales. It belongs to the terrier breed family which is notable for their distinct personality and exceptional hunting skills. Sealyham Terriers have been bred to hunt animals such as fox, badger, and otter. Their wiry double coat is weather-resistant, and comes in solid white colors. Some members of the line have some tan, lemon, or badger markings over the head and ears.

Height and Weight

Both the male and female members of the Sealyham Terrier breed normally stand a height of not more than 12 in at the withers, and weigh not greater than 20 lbs.

Temperament

Sealyham Terriers, in general, are independent, spirited, and brave dogs. They are loyal, loving, and affectionate toward their family owners. The breed has been reputed to be the most beautiful union of cheerfulness as well as courage. Sealyhams are not as rowdy as compared to other terrier breeds. They get along well with other animals, though may become quite aloof with strangers. Proper socialization is highly recommended to accustom them well with people. Because of the breed’s propensity to develop Small Dog Syndrome, handlers have to be firm yet gentle in dealing with them. Owners have to be confident and consistent in their leadership approach, otherwise, Sealyham pets will display inappropriate behaviors. Additionally, these little fellows are rather difficult to train. Nonetheless, they are highly capable of hunting and tracking, and would make excellent watchdogs. Proper leadership and training is recommended to help them bond well with children.

Grooming

Sealyham Terriers are quite demanding when it comes to coat care. Their coat requires special grooming efforts to keep it in good condition. The breed needs to be brushed twice a week to get rid of mats. Trimming their hair on a monthly basis is also necessary. Additionally, stripping and clipping may be done to get the right feel. Bathe these little pets as necessary using a shampoo especially designed for wiry coats.

Health Concerns

Sealyhams are known to be plagued by a few health problems. These include lens luxation, epilepsy, skin disorders, back problems, deafness, and cancer. The breed has an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Best Environment

Members of the Sealyham breed generally make excellent apartment dogs. They can be made happy when provided with ample exercise. Access to a small yard is also ideal. Because of the breed’s desire for human companionship, Sealyhams rarely thrive in kennel-living.

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