The Sealyham Terrier dog breed was originally bred to hunt otters, foxes, and badgers.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Sealyham Terrier.
The American Rat Terrier was first developed in England in 1820 from a cross between the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Manchester Terrier. They were later brought to the United States in 1890. American breeders crossed them again with the Beagle and Whippet. The Beagle in the mix brought increased bulk with trailing and hunting ability, while the Whippet brought agility and speed.
2) Living on Farms
In the 1910s and 1920s, the Rat Terrier was one of the most common farm dogs in America. They were bred specifically to eliminate common farm pests, like rats and rabbits. They fell out of favor as farmers began using poison to kill rodents in the 1950s.
3) Rat Hunting Champions
In 1996, a New York City resident wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times, suggesting that Rat Terriers were the best solution to the swarm of rats overwhelming a Brooklyn neighborhood. The author of the letter cited the legendary case of a Rat Terrier that cleared a barn of 2,500 rats in just 7 hours.
The Rat Terrier should be kept in a fenced yard or on-leash, for he is an impulsive explorer who will take off after anything that runs. He is also curious and clever at solving problems, so be sure your fences are high and secure, else he will figure out how to escape.
5) Terrier Temperament
Most terrier breeds are remarkably similar. The same words are used over and over – quick to bark, quick to chase, lively, bossy, feisty, scrappy, clever, independent, stubborn, persistent, impulsive, intense. But some terrier breeds are more so than others. Overall, as a breed, Rat Terriers tend to be in the lower-to-middle section of the terrier spectrum.
The American Rat Terrier is an intelligent, lively, personable, inquisitive, and energetic little dog. They love their family; however, they usually take time to warm up to strangers.
7) Defensive Reactions
If you need to physically chastise a terrier, and you go beyond what THEY believe is a fair correction, terriers (as a group) are more likely than other breeds to growl or snap.
The American Rat Terrier usually weighs between 5 to 18 pounds and stands approximately 13 to 16 inches tall. They are a small dog with a sturdy, muscular build.
Chronic itchy skin allergies are the most common health problems in Rat Terriers. But epilepsy and heart disease are becoming concerns, as well.
10) Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson, a musician and a filmmaker, made a whole documentary about her Rat Terrier, Lolabelle, after the beloved dog passed away. The film was called "Heart of a Dog." The Telegraph called it, "a trancelike meditation on the love we feel for living things."