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Sealyham Terrier
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Country of origin Wales
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The Sealyham Terrier is a dog breed, of the terrier type. The Sealyham Terrier was originally developed in Wales.

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History

The Sealyham Terrier derives its name from Sealyham, Haverfordwest, Wales, the estate of Captain John Edwardes, who developed a strain of dogs noted for their prowess in quarrying small game. He crossed the Dandie Dinmont, the now-extinct White English Terrier, the Fox Terrier, the West Highland White Terrier, and the Corgie, and tested the offspring for hunting ability, culling those who did not prove game.[1]

Within the Hollywood Movie Industry, the Sealyham became a fashionable dog to own by the Hollywood elite. It was owned by Director Alfred Hitchcock, Actors, Jean Harlow, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret. The dog was widely owned in England, but interest in the dog waned in conjunction with the banning of badger digs. Today it is primarily a companion dog, and when hunting has been banned in countries, its use for hunting purposes has been eliminated.

The first Sealyham Terrier club was created in 1908 and the breed was officially recognised in 1910. The Sealyham Terrier now is recognised by all of the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world. The Sealyham was once one of the more popular terriers and one of the best known Welsh breeds. Today, however, The Kennel Club (UK) lists the Sealyham as amongst the most endangered native breeds.[2].

A Sealyham Terrier, Champion Efbe's Hidalgo at Goodspice, won Best In Show at Crufts in 2009.

Appearance

Sealyhams measurements vary by breed standard according to particular countries. In general, the breed should measure between 10 1/2 up to 12 inches in height, measured at the wither, or top of the shoulder blade. Sealyhams should never exceed 12 inches at the withers. They should weigh between 23-25 pounds, males being heavier. Length of back should approximate the height. Length of back is measured from the top of the withers to the front edge of the tail. Coat color is always white and marking colours include lemon, brown, and badger; which is a mix of brown and black. Black markings are not preferred since they appear harsh in contrast to the white coat. While black markings appear in the breed, black markings are not allowed in any breed standard in any country. Black markings are sometimes referred to as blue markings, which are also not allowed in any country's breed standard. Ticking (speckled markings) on the body are acceptable. Sealyhams may have body markings; speckled ticking and larger body color markings, all of which are acceptable.

Temperament

A Sealyham puppy is normally very active. As the Sealyham matures, it becomes a couch potato, "displaying an even temper and a calm and relaxed attitude". Sealyhams are not busy dogs so it is necessary to manage their weight through calorie management and occasional exercise, such as a daily walk.

Grooming

Sealyham coats are groomed by stripping, in order to keep the coat from becoming too soft.[3]

Famous Sealyham Terriers

See also

References

  1. ^ A Dogs Tale, Radio 4, 18th March 2007
  2. ^ Vulnerable Native Breeds, The Kennel Club, retrieved 01 October 2008
  3. ^ Sealyham, UK dogs website

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