In early days, the Sealyham Terrier was bred to hunt badgers, otters and foxes, a very tough affair, and the young dogs that did not manage to get through the first hunt were simply shot !! A very hard selection indeed. It is not really known how many breeds were used to create the breed. That could be the explanation for the different kind of coat that can be found in the various respective lines in the world. However, Sealys are devoted to their owner and bringing up should be done with love and consequence, because Sealys can clown themselves to anything and it can be hard to remain firm. One never must be unjust to ones Sealyham or rough, because he will lose all respect towards its owner. The Sealyham Terrier is a fantastic playmate for children with an enormous amount of energy at any time at any place, however, as with all kind of dogs it is important to show small children to know the borders, because:
DOGS ARE NOT A PLAYTHING FOR CHILDREN !
In the USA, Sealy’s are used as therapy dogs in hospitals for children with cancer because of the very special temper of the breed. Sealys allow children to hug them because of their good sense of occasion and love to be cuddled.
A little about me:
I am a veterinarian nurse and have worked with dogs a whole life and got my first dog 10 years old.
Furthermore, I have a trimming workshop and had Labradors and dachshunds for many years, preferably more than just one at a time. Dachshund have had my heart for a long time, but most of the dogs I had suffered from back trouble. It was hard to experience it and when the last dachshund was put to sleep I looked for another breed. But not without demands. A breed without all the breed restrictions and illnesses I had with my Labradors and especially the dachshunds I had owned.
The choice fell on a Sealyham Terrier, and at that time I was not prepared to believe that a dog could take my heart like a dachshund. But I was wrong – very wrong. As mentioned, by means of my trimming workshop I have known a lot of different terriers and got an impression what to like and what not to accept.
But the golden phrase: one takes a position until the next is taken – I shall never exchange my Sealyham Terriers for any other breed. The joy and disarming attitude is unique that none of my dachshund could give me. But they will always have a sore point with me.