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Sealyham's are special dogs full of life with big personalities.
But is the Sealyham the right breed for you, and are you the right family for the Sealyham Terrier?
Having decided that the Sealyham Terrier is the breed for you.......what should you do next?
If possible go to a few shows to meet some of the Sealyham breeders and their dogs - this is an excellent way of ensuring that the Sealyham Terrier really is the right breed for you and your family. To talk to breeders and see a few dogs together. The Secretaries of the Clubs often are aware of currently available puppies from reputable breeders.
Most breeders will be happy to talk to you and help you with any questions you may have. It is also a great idea to join the Sealyham Terrier Club as this is another source of good information.
Sealyham Terrier litters are not as common as some other breeds; therefore, people may be on a waiting list for the next available litter that is due from a particular breeder. This is not uncommon and sometimes you may have to wait a few months. Once the litter is born and you are next on the waiting list, be prepared to see the litter more than once if you can. At the first visit you normally won't be in a position to choose your puppy as their appearance and personality will change so much, but at the final visit at perhaps 7-8 weeks this should be possible.
When you visit the puppies, they should be with their mother. If the puppies are older and have been weaned, she should still be available for you to see. Never just accept that she is there - always ask to see her. The Stud dog may not always be present but full details and a picture of him should be available. The puppies should be in clean and warm conditions with plenty of light and fresh air. They should have plenty of room to play and develop.
A healthy puppy should be active and show interest in what is going on. They may be sleeping when you visit as at that young age they play for a few minutes and then sleep. They should be clean and their eyes and nose clear from any mucus. Don't be afraid to ask questions. When contacting any Sealyham Breeder please check that the sire and dam of the litter have DNA BVA/KC Eye Test Certificates.
A visit to a breeder’s kennels gives a good idea of the Sealyham Terrier character and it also helps the owners to be sure that you will provide a good home for their puppy. Breeders will also want to ask some questions as they will want to ensure the puppy is going to a suitable home. Questions may be asked about your garden, fences and how safe it is for a puppy. How long the puppy will be alone for at any one time, if you have children, have you had dogs or have any other dogs already. Do you have a crate for the puppy and know which vet you will be using? Don't be put off by this - this is a sign that the breeder cares about the welfare of the puppy and not just the sale! Breeders have to be certain that their puppies are not passed on to unapproved markets or other possible undesirable destinations.
The puppy will be registered with the Kennel Club and have its own Kennel Club name and certificate. This should be given to you when you collect the puppy along with a puppy pack giving you some tips about feeding, worming, inoculations and exercise. You should also be given full details of the microchip number and how to transfer everything over to you. You should also be given some food so that you can gradually change the puppy’s food over to the one you will be using therefore not upsetting the puppy's stomach.
Most breeders will also ask you to sign a contract of sale - this shows full details of the breeder, you and the puppy. It is always advisable to have your vet check the puppy within the first few days of bringing him/her home. The vet will carry out a general health check and give the puppy any inoculations required.
Don't forget to keep in touch with the breeder and ask any questions you may have along the way. They of course will be delighted to hear all about your puppy and the progress they are making.
Anyone needing assistance on buying a puppy or on the whereabouts of members with Sealyham puppies we would advise you to contact Janet Wonnacott, the club secretary, either by phone: 01646698786, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs Trish or Dee Trezise - Dundas, our UK Clubs dedicated Puppy Liaison Officers by phone : 01344 772739