Sealyham Terrier

History/Evolution:

Developed in the 1800s in Wales, the Sealyham Terrier was named after the estate of a noted breeder of the time. A small package of power and determination, the Sealyham was an exceptional hunting dog, facing badgers, foxes, and otters without fear. Although the breed was once a fashionable accessory, associated with Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Elizabeth Taylor, its popularity has waned.

Size:

Small; 101/2 inches; females 21 to 22 pounds, males 23 to 24 pounds.

Color:

White with lemon, tan, or badger markings.

Temperament:

Friendly, charming, playful, and outgoing. Inquisitive and always ready to explore; may dig if bored. Devoted to family — best with older children — but reserved with strangers.

Energy level:

Moderate to low.

Best owner:

Patient owner with time for grooming.

Needs:

Daily exercise (short walk or play session), leash, fenced yard, firm and consistent obedience training, early socialization, brushing two or three times a week plus shaping every three months.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.