Sealyham Terrier Pictures
Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)
helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on November 04, 2019

Sealyham Terrier are a rare Terrier breed.

These working dogs originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales over 300 years ago.

Sealyham Terriers rose in popularity in the 20th century after they became popular with some Hollywood stars.

But these robust dogs have seen their number dwindle over the past 30 years.

In fact, they were listed as a Vulnerable Native Breed by the Kennel Club, hitting an all-time low in 2008.

For our readers who are unsure what a Sealyham Terrier looks like, we’re going to feature some photos in this article.

We’ll break this article into the following sections:

What is a Sealyham Terrier?

Sealyham Terrier is described as a brave and spirited dog. These Terriers were bred to hunt small vermin. They’ve got a low centre of gravity to help them pursue pests.

The American Kennel Club describe the Sealyham Terrier as the “bruiser” of the Terrier group. Let’s hear a little more about how the organisation describe these dogs:

The Sealyham Terrier is brave and spirited, but not as spiky as smaller terriers. These sturdy, outgoing companions are recognized by their “fall,” the mass of hair covering the forehead. Sealy fans enjoy their dog’s sly sense of humor.

Let’s take a closer look at where the Sealyham Terrier comes from.

Sealyham Terrier history

Sealyham Terriers originated from Sealy Ham estate in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The estate was located on the Seal River.

British army captain John Edwardes is credited with having created the breed in the 1800s. The exact is unknown but some sources suggest it could have been around 1851. Edwardes has been dubbed the Father Of The Breed.

There’s conflicting reports about the intended function of Sealyham Terriers. Some sources suggest they were used to hunt otters on the Seal River, while other reports suggest they were used to hunt badgers and vermin.

The American Kennel Club explain that Mr Edwardes bred the Sealyham Terrier dogs to be strong and tough enough to dig out an otter from its lair.

The first Sealyham Terrier club was created in 1908. The Kennel Club in the UK recognised the dog breed in 1911 before the first Sealyham Terrier club was founded in 1913.

They soared in popularity after the First World War during the Prohibition Era in the USA. Hollywood stars Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor and Cary Grant were all Sealyham Terrier owners. Princess Margaret had two of these dog called Pippin and Johnny.

However, their numbers have declined in the 21st century. In 2008, there was thought to be just 43 Sealyham Terriers in the UK.

The American Kennel Club ranks the Sealyham Terrier as the 164th most popular dog out of 193 as of 2018.

What does a Sealyham terrier look like?

Sealyham Terriers don’t grow to be taller than 10.5 inches, while they can weigh between 23 and 24 inches. They’ve got a white double coat, with a dense undercoat and wiry outer coat.

Their colors include lemon, black, brown, blue and badger (mix of brown and black).

The AKC list the Sealyham Terrier breed standard as:

The Sealyham should be the embodiment of power and determination, ever keen and alert, of extraordinary substance, yet free from clumsiness. The Sealyham Terrier is brave and spirited, but not as spiky as smaller terriers. These sturdy, outgoing companions are recognized by their “fall,” the mass of hair covering the forehead. Sealy fans enjoy their dog’s sly sense of humor.

With the basic information about Sealyham Terriers covered, let’s take a look at what these robust Terriers look like.

Sealyham Terrier Pictures

Here’s what Eddie (@sealyhameddie) told hellobark.com about Sealyham Terriers:

I think I’m a typical Sealyham Terrier – bursting with personality! I am charming, funny, affectionate, adventurous, entertaining, inquisitive, loyal, brave and obviously very, very modest! I’ve heard a rumour that we are stubborn but we are also intelligent, eager to please and of course, like to show off! We’ll do anything for a treat! Sealyhams can also be used as working dogs and take part in agility work too!

Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)
Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)
Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)
Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)
Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)
Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)
Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)
Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)
Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)
Eddie the Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhameddie / Instagram)

Allie (@sealygram) told hellobark.com about Sealyham Terriers:

Sealyham Terriers are supposed to be “the couch potato of the terrier world” – not the case with Allie. She is extremely energetic and requires a lot of mental/physical exercise to keep her (and us) sane. Luckily, we own a house with a large enclosed backyard where she can romp and race to her heart’s content. Once this energy is gone, the couch potato comes out, and she loves to snuggle on the couch or curl up on one of her beds. Sealys are the class clowns of the dog world but you have to be laughing with them not at them.

Sealyham Terrier dog Allie (Photo: @sealygram / Instagram)
Sealyham Terrier dog Allie (Photo: @sealygram / Instagram)
Sealyham Terrier dog Allie (Photo: @sealygram / Instagram)
Sealyham Terrier dog Allie (Photo: @sealygram / Instagram)
Sealyham Terrier dog Allie (Photo: @sealygram / Instagram)
Sealyham Terrier dog Allie (Photo: @sealygram / Instagram)

• Sherlock and Arti (@sealyhamadventurers)

Sealyham Terriers (Photo: @sealyhamadventurers / Instagram)
Sealyham Terriers (Photo: @sealyhamadventurers / Instagram)
Sealyham Terriers (Photo: @sealyhamadventurers / Instagram)
Sealyham Terriers (Photo: @sealyhamadventurers / Instagram)
Sealyham Terriers (Photo: @sealyhamadventurers / Instagram)
Sealyham Terriers (Photo: @sealyhamadventurers / Instagram)
Sealyham Terriers (Photo: @sealyhamadventurers / Instagram)
Sealyham Terriers (Photo: @sealyhamadventurers / Instagram)

Sealyham Terrier Puppy Pictures

Allie (@sealygram) told hellobark.com about Sealyham Terriers:

Sealyham Terrier dog Allie (Photo: @sealygram / Instagram)
Sealyham Terrier dog Allie (Photo: @sealygram / Instagram)
Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhamadventurers / Instagram)
Sealyham Terrier (Photo: @sealyhamadventurers / Instagram)

In Conclusion

So there we have it, you should have a clear idea of what Sealyham Terriers look like.

They’re beautiful and robust Terriers with big personalities.

If you want to learn more about Sealyham Terriers, you can check out our Sealyham Terrier pros and cons.