So, you have done your homework and determined that a
Sealyham Terrier will be the right pet for you.
Members of the American
Sealyham Terrier Club hope so - because if you and a
Sealy are a "good fit", it is wonderful to know that
another dog owner is very lucky and so is another dog. The
next homework assignment may be a little harder - finding
that right pet.
Most buyers wonder what they should look for regarding the
purchase of their new puppy: Outgoing personality?
Robust good health and condition? An impressive pedigree
and champion parents? Guarantees from the breeder? All
these considerations can be important, but in the search
for this breed, the priority question is, Where can
I find a Sealyham Terrier?
Be prepared to answer questions and to satisfy the
breeder that you will provide the right kind of
home for a Sealy puppy. Breeders report that they
generally want to know:
- your past history with dogs?
- experience with terriers/Sealyhams?
- other dogs in the household? sex of
- makeup of your family? children? ages?
On the American Sealyham
Terrier Club website, you will find names of member
breeders with puppies for sale or who have
information regarding other breeders with puppies.
Telephone conversations with several different contacts
will likely be necessary, and more than once you may
have to hang up the phone in disappointment after
hearing, "No puppies available."
A survey of breeders who are members of the ASTC
indicates that they would most likely never advertise
"puppies for sale" in classified sections of newspapers.
They do, however, send announcements of litters to the
"Puppy Pen" listing that appears in the ASTC publication,
When you do connect with a breeder, be open and
forthright in stating your intent, be it to buy a pet with
no wish to exhibit at dog shows, or to obtain a young
Sealyham of high quality that you can show in conformation
events. Perhaps you've thought to explore other areas of
fun with your dog. The AMERICAN
KENNEL CLUB conducts companion events
including agility, obedience, rally, tracking and earth
dog trials; all these activities can be great fun and are
available to you and your Sealy. Sharing your intentions
will help a breeder assess how she can help you find what
A breeder with a puppy to be placed in a new home will
also discuss physical arrangements to see if they can help
the buyer accommodate an active, energetic puppy who needs
lots of attention and care. Health records, dietary needs,
grooming requirements, and initial puppy training should
be topics that need further discussion. Breeders will talk
to you about the folly of owning two terriers of the same
sex. Arguments nearly always ensue between the two and pet
owners find increasingly difficult problems in management.
If the puppy's breeder doesn't offer information about
temperment, and genetic factors that may be present in the
bloodline, the buyer needs to ask and to be informed of
Be flexible and patient. Allow the breeder to tell you
what litters are anticipated in the Sealy community, and
what puppies are "in the nest." It is nearly impossible
for a would-be Sealyham puppy owner to call around and put
in an order, "I want an 8 ½ week old puppy female, with
one black ear and a black eye mark, to be delivered for
the birthday of my child on the first of next month." This
will just not work in the Sealyham world. Most breeders in
the club's survey reported that their puppies are not
ready for a pet home until the age of ten weeks to four
months (some breeders would suggest a week or two
earlier). If a particularly nice litter has been achieved
from a promising breeding, the breeder may want to keep
the puppies even longer for evaluation.
Documents such as the AKC registration, a certified
pedigree, veterinarian visits and dates for vaccines and
other pertinent matters relating to new ownership of the
puppy should be provided.
In this day and age, most breeders ask puppy buyers to
sign an agreement that will outline certain understandings
and responsibilities of both the buyer and the breeder,
primarily for the benefit of the dog. If you have
questions concerning the agreements, ask the breeder for
clarification or discuss requirements that you wonder
Generally, such an agreement will cover topics dealing
with required care, spaying or neutering, potential
breeding of a female, and the future of the dog should the
buyer not be able to keep the dog or if the dog develops a
health condition or behavioral trait that cannot be
managed by the pet owner; also include_onced may be the
offer of a guarantee regarding puppy's health, and so
forth. It is important that you understand the breeder's
point of view in these agreements, and that you make your
point of view known to the breeder if you have concerns.
If you are signing a contract that requires showing the
dog to championship or that calls for a co-ownership of
the dog with the breeder for showing or for breeding
purposes, make sure there is a clear and mutual
understanding of obligations on their part and on yours.
It is hoped that the puppy's breeder will pledge to take
back the dog at any age and in any situation that the
owner finds he can no longer keep the Sealyham. Details of
this type of agreement would usually be include_onced in
the contract between the breeder a nd the buyer.
According to the survey answers submitted by the
breeders who chose to respond, a rather broad range of
prices has been charged by breeders for their puppies.
Most ask for about an equal amount of money for a female
or male puppy; it is logical to expect a higher price for
a young Sealyham the breeder considers as very promising
for the show ring. Though price varies from one breeder to
another, a typical price for the pet Sealyham puppy seems
to be approximately $1,000 to $2,000.
Because a litter of puppies might be a thousand miles
from your home, an early discussion should be held
regarding transportation of the puppy to its new home.
While shipping can be considered "safe", it can be
complicated by weather, by availability of direct flights,
and airline requirements. The buyer may be disappointed
that he cannot see the mother and puppy's littermates; on
the other hand, the breeder may not be enthusiastic about
putting the puppy on a plane. Think of alternate ways that
may be available for you to get the puppy, and work
closely with the breeder on this matter.
SEALYHAMS AND OTHER SEALYHAMS WHO NEED A NEW
The SEALYHAMS FOREVER FOUNDATION Officers listed
on this site should by all means be contacted during your
search for a Sealyham unless you are absolutely convinced
you need to buy a puppy. Very often a dog that has come
from a bad situation becomes the most appreciative pet in
it's new home. In addition to the "rescue" Sealyham, on
occasion a Sealy will lose its happy home due to the
owner's illness, drastic change in lifestyle, or other
circumstances that demand a new home be found. Usually a
breeder will have taken the dog back and may be very
interested in re-homing the dog and will have made that
information known to the SEALYHAMS FOREVER FOUNDATION as
well as other Sealy friends. It is heart-warming to see
that typically an adult dog can move into a new home with
very little trouble. A little tolerance on the part of the
new owner will solve nearly all problems.
Costs for either a "rescue" Sealy or a dog that needs
re-homing are generally considerably less than the
purchase price of a puppy.
PET SHOPS (NOT AN OPTION)
There is a very remote possibility that a Sealyham might
be found in a pet shop. If a puppy is in a pet shop, the
buyer should be aware of two major problems. First, the
buyer is at an extreme disadvantage in that he cannot find
out anything about the puppy's background. How the puppy
has been raised and socialized, his temperament, and
health are very important considerations for his future as
The puppy may have health problems and consequently you
will be responsible for accompanying veterinary costs,
along with the worry and disappointment. "Buyer, beware"
is a fitting caution if you consider buying a pet shop
The second major problem associated with the puppy in a
pet shop is that conscientious breeders would never put
puppies in the pet shop market, and the ASTC has taken a
very dim view of anyone who would do so. Suspicions that a
breeder for a pet shop is totally commercial (and a puppy
mill breeder) are true. Please don't support the pet
store – and it won't support the puppy miller or
a totally commercial dog breeder.
The Sealyham Terrier is well worth your search and the
length of time you spend in contacting breeders and
finalizing the purchase of a puppy or obtaining an older
dog will be insignificant in comparison to the length of
time you will enjoy the Sealyham as your beloved pet and
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