Most dog owners of today are quite interested in knowing tidbits of information about their dogs. This is because many people regard their dogs as part of their families and like any other proud parents, they are very happy to learn of their dog's past. Facts on the history of their dogs and how they came to be known in the canine world makes for animated talks among family members. This is especially true if your dog is just a new addition to the family.
If you are a recent owner of a Sealyham Terrier, then you will surely want to know how it came to be recognized both in the UK and the US. You may also want to know how the Sealyham's popularity in the canine world evolved. Below are some facts that may be of interest to you.
Did you know that it was in Wales that the Sealyham Terrier originated from? According to certain sources, the Sealyham Terrier originally came from a terrier that was imported into Wales from Belgium during the 15th century.
Did you know that the Sealyham Terrier got its name from Captain Edwards' estate in Wales? The estate was located in Sealy Ham, Haverfordwest. It was Captain John Edwards who developed the breed from a strain of dogs that were said to have an obscure ancestry between 1850 and 1891. These dogs were noted for their prowess in hunting otter and badgerm fox.
Did you know that the strain of dogs Captain Edwards developed to produce the Sealyham Terrier comprised of many different breeds? The breeds used to develop the Sealyham Terrier include the Dandie Dinmont, the Wirehaired Fox Terriers, the Corgi, the Bull Terrier, the West Highland White and others.
Did you know that it was in 1903 that the Sealyham's first show appearance was recorded? This was at a local show held in Haverfordwest, Wales. It was only five years after, in 1908 that fanciers of the breed in Wales founded the Sealyham Terrier Club of Haverfordwest. It was during the first meeting of the club that the original standards of the breed were first drawn.
Did you know that it was only two years after that the Sealyham appeared in its first championship show? This was in October, 1910 at the English Kennel Show. And the English Kennel Club offered the first Challenge Certificates for Sealyham Terriers after its recognition in March 8, 1911. This was during the Great Joint Terrier Show held in London on June 10, 1911. Among the numerous honors Sealyhams received, it is a four-time winner of the Best in Show at Westminster.
Did you know that the breed was first imported to the US in 1911 and it was recognized by the American Kennel Club thereafter? The Sealyham Terrier then had its debut show in San Mateo, California on September 1911.