Sealyham Terrier

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Is the Sealyham Terrier right for you?

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Other name(s): Welsh Border Terrier

The basics:
Developed in Wales in the 19th century, the Sealyham Terrier was intended to be a dog that could hunt badgers, otters, and foxes by sight and scent-- a task that demands courage and an ability to dig as well as keen senses. The dog's hunting prowess made it so popular that it was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1911. Today, they are kept as eye-catching family companions. The right owner will have some experience training a strong-willed breed that responds to positive reinforcement. While they don't bounce off the walls and demand as much exercise as some popular pet terriers, they do require time and attention. They may not be able to resist digging or giving chase to smaller pets.

Appearance / health:
The Sealyham Terrier is a rugged and active dog. It is a keen hunter and displays grit and determination. The Sealyham is longer than it is tall. It has a slightly domed skull and powerful jaws. The nostrils are black. The Sealyham's dark oval eyes are deeply set. The ears are level with the head and rounded at the tips. The neck is long and muscular. The Sealyham has short and straight front legs and powerful hind legs. The tail is docked.

The Sealyham Terrier may require grooming about twice in a week to prevent its fur from matting. Its coarse, long coat may also require stripping.

Daily walks and a short romp off the leash in safe enclosed area are suitable for the breed.

Sealyham Terriers may suffer from eye problems, skin allergies, or deafness. They may also be allergic to fleas.

Behavior / temperament:
Sealyhams are powerful and determined hunters and have the ability to remain alert most of the time. They are independent in character, but are deeply devoted to their human family.

Sealyham Terriers are generally quick learners. Though obedient, they have a tendency to dominate their master. They respond to consistent training methods.

Sealyhams have a deep bark.

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