Sealyham Terriers

Description Sealyham Terriers

Balanced, Focused, Fearless
This small, fearless terrier is not very common. That’s a pity, because he impresses with his beautiful coat and a pleasant nature. Originally bred as a hunting dog, it has long since become a family and companion dog. Recently, the demand for puppies has increased significantly.FCI Group: Terriers

  • Size: Small
  • Weight: 8-9kg
  • Life expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Coat type: long hair
  • Colours: white, brown-white, lemon yellow-white

Character Sealyham Terriers

You can see immediately what the Sealyham Terrier was originally bred for. The long back and short legs clearly give it away as a hunting dog. With a shoulder height of 31 to 32 cm, it fits into any building. The little terrier pursues its prey, foxes, badgers or polecats into their burrow to confront and kill them. Rats or mice in the yard or in the barn don’t stand a chance if a Sealyham Terrier is nearby.

He doesn’t have to learn this behavior, it was bred into him, it’s in his genes.
His coat is either pure white or with brown or black markings. Your Sealyham Terrier brings with it a robust coat, including a terrier beard, from its days as a hunter.
With a Sealyham Terrier you have a lovable little friend by your side, always funny and ready for anything. It adapts to your lifestyle, whether you live alone or have a family.

All Sealyham Terriers love children more than anything.
As an active dog, your Sealyham Terrier will want to be kept busy. You don’t necessarily have to be a hunter, go jogging or cycling with him, try a dog sport. Your fur nose is friendly and open to other dogs.

Diet Sealyham Terriers

An active dog, like your Sealyham Terrier, needs a balanced, high-protein diet. It doesn’t matter whether you feed them wet food or dry food. Some little sweet tooth prefer a certain food. Then do the guy a favor and give it to him. BARF is becoming more and more popular, as it comes closest to the natural diet of a dog/wolf.

How much you feed depends on several factors. Always give your furry friend food that is appropriate for its age. A young dog’s body has different needs than a senior’s. A lively little whirlwind consumes more energy than a sofa dog. Last but not least, there are large individual differences.

Feeding guidelines are given on the packaging. Use this as a guide and watch your Sealyham Terrier. Can you feel the posterior rib cages? Is his waist clearly visible? Then your little friend has the right figure.


At first glance, your Sealyham Terrier’s coat appears to require a lot of care. You should have it trimmed regularly by a professional. Then it is enough if you brush and comb your dog every day. Make sure the fur is actually trimmed and not simply clipped. Scissors spoil the coat, it quickly becomes dirty and loses its shine.

The long, rough top coat lies over a soft undercoat. This double coat of hair makes your four-legged friend’s fur dirt-repellent, robust and hard-wearing. This significantly reduces the maintenance effort.
As a former hunting dog, your Sealy needs a lot of exercise and activity in the fresh air. Then you can also keep him in a city apartment.

Although he has the typical terrier stubbornness, he is easy to train. Be consistent but loving in your training and give your little friend enough time. Once he has understood what you want from him, he works eagerly with you. A Sealyham Terrier always tries to do everything properly.


For his passion, hunting, Captain John Edwards was looking for a small hunting dog that was exactly what he had in mind. He resided at his family home, Sealy Ham, in Wales.
He crossed local small dog breeds to make his perfect hunting companion. No one can say which ones exactly, probably Fox Terriers, Welsh Corgies, Bull Terriers and Dandie Dinmont Terriers. He managed to breed a sharp, hardy, daring dog out of it.

After his death, his daughter continued breeding.
The first breed standard was published in 1910 and the Sealyham Terrier has been registered with the Kennel Club since 1911. The breed is recognized by the FCI.

Sealyham Terriers Accessories

Your Sealy needs a feeding bowl that is appropriate for its size. You should have several water bowls. So that your furry friend has constant access to fresh water, it is best to distribute the water bowls throughout the apartment. If your Sealyham Terrier can go into a yard or garden, it must also have water there.
A suitable harness or collar with a leash is what you need when you go outside, whether for a walk or for training.

A short, firm leash works best as a training leash. If you want your fur nose to have a little more freedom on the walk, you can use a flexible leash.
Your little friend loves a basket or bed with a soft blanket for his resting place. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, he needs a weatherproof, well-insulated kennel there. In the car you transport your four-legged friend safely in a transport box.

Let your dog decide which toy he wants. Some dogs love to chase balls, others prefer to tug or chew.

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