Terrier Dog Breeds
The Terrier Group is made up of tough and resilient dog breeds. Terriers have high energy levels and respond instantly to anything unusual in their environments.
Rugged, courageous and self-sufficient, Terriers were developed in England centuries ago. They were expected to hunt, eradicate vermin, guard their families' homes and serve as companions. Although all Terriers originally served as working dogs, many of the functions that Terriers once performed are now obsolete, and most Terriers today live primarily as companions.
Modern-day Terriers still retain the working traits of their ancestors. Short-legged Terriers,...
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|Country of Origin:||Great Britain|
|AKC Group:||Terrier Group|
|Life Span:||12 to 14 years|
|Color:||Solid white or white with tan, lemon or badger (a combination of black, brown, gray and white hair) markings on head and ears.|
|Coat:||Soft, dense undercoat with a hard, wiry top coat.|
|Grooming:||Brush weekly to prevent matting. Professional trimming three to four times a year.|
|Size:||Small Dog Breed|
|Height:||10.5 inches at the withers|
|Weight:||20 to 24 pounds|
A one-man creation, the Sealyham is named for the Welsh estate of Captain John Edwardes, who developed the tough white terriers to go after badger, otter and fox. The dogs became well known for their working ability, and in 1908 a breed club was formed and a standard drawn up. Today's Sealyham is most often a companion, but when given the chance it's ready and willing to go to work. More outgoing and friendly than many terriers, this dog is still an excellent watchdog, with a bark that's impressive in its loudness. It stands about 10.5 inches at the withers and weighs 23 to 24 pounds, with females slightly less. The wiry, weather-resistant coat is all white or white with lemon, tan or badger markings on the head and ears. It doesn't shed much, but it should be combed about three times a week to remove dead hair and prevent mats. The Sealy has a moderate activity level and fits well into any size home. It'll enjoy a couple of daily walks and playtimes. Sealyhams learn quickly with firm, fair discipline, but you can count on them to add a personal spin to obedience commands.
Don't get out much? The Sealyham Terrier might be the companion dog for you. This dog breed requires less exercise than other Terrier dog breeds but, true to its group, moves fast as needed.
While Sealyham Terriers make tireless companions, they have been called the couch potatoes of the Terrier world – these dogs are satisfied with a short walk and occasional romp. The clever Sealyham Terrier adjusts easily to various households, and its alertness makes it a reliable watchdog.
Sealyham Terriers bear a pale resemblance to the Scottish Terrier and retain their group's essential Terrier hunting traits.
"Life is never dull with a Sealyham Terrier. They combine the Terrier spirit and intelligence, mixed with sensitivity and an incredible sense of humor," says Christine Hawley, a fancier in Dayton, Ohio, and member of the American Sealyham Terrier Club.
Capt. John Owen Edwardes of Wales lived in a country mansion known as Sealyham and needed a small Terrier dog to roust otters and other small game. From 1839 until he died in 1891, Edwardes crossbred Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Wire Fox Terriers, Cheshire Terriers and Dandie Dinmont Terriers to produce a white terrier of tremendous courage, jaw strength, game nature and low profile.
In the early 1900s, Sealyham Terriers became favorite hunters to rid farms of badgers, otters and foxes. The English Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club recognized the Sealyham Terrier in 1911.
Bright, fun-loving and a joy to train, Sealyham Terriers get along well with children, adults and other pets. This dog breed has a typical Terrier independent streak but extreme dedication to its owner.
The Sealyham Terrier coat requires regular grooming to prevent matting.
Relatively healthy, the Sealyham Terrier has a low incidence of epilepsy and retinal dysplasia (an eye disorder), plus occasional deafness.
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