Sealyham Terrier

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The Full Sealyham Terrier Description

Sealyhams like to be around people and have a charming sense of humour. They are able performers in obedience training, often putting their own "spin" on tricks. Sealyhams are quiet and relaxed in the house, though they do need daily walks and romps. Sealyhams also are reliable watch dogs.

Did you know?

The Sealyham Terrier was originally bred in Wales.

So you want to own a Sealyham Terrier?

The Sealyham Terrier loves people. They enjoy being house dogs and companions. The Sealy may have independent tendencies, but will always be devoted and loyal to his family.
The Sealyham Terrier is a hard worker, powerful and determined, full of true terrier spirit.

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General Appearance

Free-moving, active, balanced and of great substance in small compass. General outline oblong, not square.

Characteristics

Sturdy, game and workmanlike.

Temperament

Alert and fearless but of friendly disposition.

Head and Skull

Skull slightly domed and wide between ears. Cheek bones not prominent. Punishing square jaw, powerful and long. Nose black.

Eyes

Dark, well set, round, of medium size. Dark, pigmented eye rims preferred but unpigmented tolerated.

Ears

Medium- sized, slightly rounded at tip and carried at side of cheek.

Mouth

Teeth level and strong with canines fitting well into each other and long for size of dog. Jaws strong with regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck

Fairly long, thick and muscular on well laid shoulders.

Forequarters

Forelegs short, strong and as straight as possible consistent with chest being well let down. Point of shoulder in line with point of elbow which should be close to side of chest.

Body

Medium in length, level and flexible with ribs well sprung. Chest broad and deep, well let down between forelegs.

Hindquarters

Notably powerful for size of dog. Thighs deep and muscular with well bent stifle. Hocks strong, well bent and parallel to each other.

Feet

Round and cat-like with thick pads. Feet pointing directly forward.

Tail

Customarily docked. Docked: Medium length. Thick with a rounded tip. Set in line with back and carried erect. Quarters should protrude beyond set of tail. Undocked: Medium length of tail to give a general balance to the dog. Thick at root and tapering towards tip. Ideally carried erect, but not excessively over the back, and with no curl or twist. Quarters should protrude beyond set of tail.

Gait/Movement

Brisk and vigorous with plenty of drive.

Coat

Long, hard and wiry topcoat with weather-resistant undercoat.

Colour

All white or white with lemon, brown, blue or badger pied markings on head and ears. Much black and heavy ticking undesirable.

Size

Height should not exceed 31 cms (12 ins) at shoulder. Ideal weight: dogs approximately 9 kgs (20 lbs); bitches approximately 8 kgs (18 lbs). General conformation, overall balance, type and substance are main criteria.

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