Nowadays, since hunting is not as popular as before, dogs that were bred for such a purpose could somehow put their abilities to rest if their owners are not those who are enthusiastic about the sport. However, those that have owners that enjoy hunting can use their hunting instincts when the opportunities arise. Quite a lot of dogs were bred in the past with the primary purpose of being hunting companions. There are the hound dogs that either hunt by sight or smell or both and there are also terriers that are known for their speed and agility. These dogs' hunting abilities may not be put to much use today, but they still retain the innate abilities that would make them effective in any type of hunting activity.
One of the dog breeds that were bred for hunting is the Sealyham Terrier. This breed of terrier was developed by Captain John Edwards of Wales during the later part of the 19th century. The Sealyham was developed for the sole purpose of hunting foxes, otters and badgers that were plentiful in Edwards' estate during that time. This dog breed even got its moniker from the name of Edwards' estate, which was Sealy Ham. Because it was bred as a working dog of the field, the Sealyham has all the abilities to bolt after an otter or a fox. It is also very clever in drawing in the badger. Stoats, rats and weasels are also hunted down by this dog. The Sealyham Terrier is often described as a gutsy hunter.
The Sealyham Terrier was bred for its hunting abilities, along with great stamina and courage. It was also created to have a double coat that is soft underneath and wiry on top, which gives great protection against all sorts of weather. Of small to medium size, the Sealyham is seen as a fiery and feisty dog that is ready to fight off any opponents, which is a trait that is quite necessary when it comes to hunting and killing vermin. It is also said to be very quick in digging as well as battling underground to get its quarry. The Sealyham's strong instincts to run after any fleeing creatures that are smaller or equal to its size is also an added advantage to its hunting abilities.
Another of the Sealyham Terrier's attributes that make it an exceptional hunter is its speed. Its agility as well as its courage was also put in good use in the Edwards' estate for the disposal of polecats, which were quite abundant in those times when the Sealyham was first developed. Considered a great escape artist, the Sealyham Terrier of the past, as well as that of today, really enjoys having a few hours of hunting on its own, if the opportunity is there.
So, if you are still one of those people who enjoy a good hunt every now and then, and you own a Sealyham Terrier, then you have found one exceptional hunting companion. You will discover that you have not only found a perfect pet in your Sealyham but a master hunter as well.