sealyham terrier breed information
common health issues
The Sealyham Terrier originated in Wales, developed in the mid- to late 18th century by Captain John Edwardes at Sealyham House, Pembrokeshire. He is descended from a mix of several breeds, including the West Highland White Terrier, Wirehaired Fox Terrier and Bull Terrier, to hunt badger, fox and rats. He enjoyed enormous popularity in the UK and US alike after World War I, and was the preferred companion of King George V, Alfred Hitchcock and Elizabeth Taylor. Today, though, his numbers have dwindled, and efforts are underway to increase the Sealyham Terrier population in the UK.
Sealyhams are small, standing only about a foot high at the shoulders and weighing around 20 lbs. His all-white double coat includes a softer undercoat and a wiry, weather-resistant outer one, and he does require regular brushing and trimming to keep mats at bay. The Sealyham adapts well to both town and country living, provided he gets a dose of daily exercise. Like most terriers, he is loyal, spirited and determined (some would say bullheaded!), so he requires plenty of obedience training from puppyhood.
Although a generally healthy breed, Sealyham Terriers are still prone to some hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Sealyhams are prone to include eye conditions such as retinal dysplasia and lens luxation; hearing problems such as deafness; and neurological conditions such as dengenerative myelopathy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Sealyham inherits more than a stubborn streak, you’re covered.