It may seem strange to hear about a breed of dog that is extinct or nearing extinction, but this is a reality. In fact, several breeds no longer exist. Now Purebred Breeders LLC and other avid dog lovers are concerned that yet another one may no longer be here in the near future. This loyal, loveable, and intelligent breed is known as the Sealyham Terrier. A dog that was once popular with the British Monarchy and celebrities alike.
History Of The Sealyham Terrier
Some believe the Sealyham Terrier to be the result of crossbreeding four Terrier types. These are the West Highland, Wirehaired Fox, Bull, and Dandie Dinmont. Others believe they are a combination of the English White Terrier, Corgi, Dandie Dinmont, West Highland Terrier and Fox Terrier. What is clear to Purebred Breeders LLC is that the English White Terrier plays a role in the breed’s genes, since it is also responsible for the Bull Terrier. Unfortunately, the English White is already an extinct.
The name comes from Sealy Ham (in Haverfordwest), Wales were it was originally bred. They were first used to hunt foxes, badgers, and pests, but quickly became adorable house pets. The dogs remained a Royal favorite for decades. In fact, Purebred Breeders LLC learned that Britain’s Princess Margaret required that her two Sealyham Terriers were brought to her when being served breakfast.
However there was a change in trends. This plus decreased needs for them as hunters, and the increased availability of other breeds have led to a severe loss of popularity. Less that 50 were bred in the UK through-out 2010. Purebred Breeders LLC finds this reduction disheartening and alarming, especially when compared to the over 2000 that were registered every year during the 1920s and onward.
Sealyham Terrier Features and Characteristics
Referred to as an “embodiment of power and determination” by the American Kennel Club; these stocky little dogs are usually averaging around 22 to 24 pounds. Although, the females may be a little smaller. They have a weather-resistant wiry double coat, short legs, and are ideally around 10 ½ inches tall at the shoulders. Their long broad head is prominent, giving them a somewhat aristocratic look when standing alert.
Sealyham Terriers are characteristically patient and energetic dogs who cooperate with their owners. They are known to be just as receptive to a long rigorous walk as they are to laying around the house all day. Plus, owners are quick to point out that they always make them laugh. Their naturally sociable personalities make them great for all ages.
Efforts to Save Them
The biggest concern is the extinction of the English White Terrier, which means that the breed cannot be recreated. Sealyham Terrier lovers are currently dedicated to the preservation of the breed, and are trying to raise awareness before it is too late. Purebred Breeders LLC came across on such initiative referred to as the Working Sealyham Terriers Club, which was founded in the UK.