The Sealyham Terrier was developed primarily to work with Otterhounds. However, it is also capable of tackling fox, badger and polecats.
Sealyham Terrier Standards
- AKC (Terrier)
- FCI (Group 3)
- KC (Terrier)
- UKC (Terrier)
- 22-24 lbs
- small, low to the ground terrier
- wide ears fold forward
- tail is traditionally docked where legal
- wiry, double-coat
- may have lemon or tan markings on head
History of the Sealyham Terrier
The Sealyham Terrier was created in the 19th century by retired army captain John Edwardes at Sealyham House, located in Pembrokeshire, Wales. He kept no records of the dogs used to create the breed, although suggestions include West Highland White, Wire Fox, Dandie Dinmont and Bull Terriers, or even Corgis. Edwardes was ruthless with his breeding and selection, if a young dog showed any reluctance to stand its ground or kill he would shoot it on the spot, but managed to produce the terrier he was looking for. Once one of the more popular terriers, today the Sealyham Terrier has a very low registration and is listed among the Kennel Club’s Vulnerable Native Breeds.