Sealyham Terrier Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
Around 1850 Captain John Edwardes of Sealyham, 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.
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Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.