This Welsh breed was developed by Captain John Tucker Edwards in the late 1800s. It was developed in the county of Pembrokeshire, in a country estate called Sealy Ham and was used in hunting badgers, foxes, and Otters. They were developed by crossing several breed that include: Bull Terriers, Chesire Terrier, White Terrier, Fox Terrier, Dandie Dinmont and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The breed was introduced into the show ring in the early 1900s and was acknowledged for its outstanding performance. They are a rare breed that is mainly presented in shows for their obedience, agility and tracking ability.
The Sealyham has a long rectangular frame with short legs and stands at a height of 10 – 12 inches and weighs 15 – 20 pounds. They have long wiry coat that covers its entire body. They have round dark eyes buried under its thick eyebrows. It has a proportional head to it body with a long muzzle. Its black tipped nose is triangular with large nostrils. Its muzzle is covered with its long wiry coat forming a beard and mustache. Its ears are set on the side of its head and droop downwards. It generally has a sturdy body with its two front legs supporting it upright. It has a short tail that it carries high over its back
They are bold and courageous yet at the same breathe very charming. They bark a lot and make good watchdogs since they are reserved towards strangers. They are calmer that similar breeds hence comfortable to live with. They make a great family dog and have a good sense of humor. They enjoy the company of family and want to always be involved in all activities but can also be left alone. They are not very active hence a short walk will be sufficient. They may be difficult to train hence will require a consistent and firm trainer.
They do well in apartment living though very inactive indoors. They should be mildly exercised on a daily basis to ensure they maintain good physical health. It is important to train and socialize them early so that they grow understanding rules and obedience. They have a tendency to chase other smaller pets hence their environment should be always fenced to prevent them from straying off.
They are a generally healthy breed and suffer from few known dog diseases. Some of these include: eye problems, back problems and deafness. They have a general lifespan of 12 – 15 years
They should be fed on high-quality meals twice a day. Avoid over feeding the dog by giving it one large meal per day as this may cause gastric complications. The amount of food given depends on the age, size and metabolic rate of the dog.
Coat, Color and Grooming
They have a double coat, and it is weather resistant. The under coat is thick and soft while the top coat is wiry and hard. The Sealies all come in a white coat though some may have a slight variation of cream and yellow on the head.
With family and other pets
They Sealies make a great family dog though they are very possessive about their food and toys hence will not get along well with toddlers. They are generally good with other pets if they are well socialized.