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Bedlington Terrier

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Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington has a narrow pear shaped head. It does not have a stop, though it slopes from the crown to the nose. The double thick curly coat is a mixture of soft and harsher hair that looks similar to a lamb. It usually comes in blue, liver or sandy colors although they may have tan markings over the eyes, on the legs, chest and rear. The almond shaped eyes are small and deeply set. The ears are widest at the head and narrows with a silky fringe at the tip. They should hang flat against the head and should be long enough to reach the corners of the mouth. The arched neck is long holding the head high and merging into flat shoulders. The legs are long and straight with hare-like feet. The hind legs appear slightly longer due to the arching of the back. The dewclaws should be removed and the tail should taper to a point.

Temperament Bedlington Terriers are affectionate, courageous, playful, energetic, and cheerful. They are good with children but must be introduced and trained to live with cats and other pets. If it obtains dominance, Bedlington Terriers will be able to get along with other dogs. Strangers should always be introduced to this breed since Bedlington Terriers are good watch dogs. They must be stimulated both physically and mentally. They are very fast runners and love to chase. Only remove their leash in an enclosed or fenced in area. Once challenged, they are terrifying fighters, despite their gentle appearance.
Height, Weight Male Height: 16-17" ; Weight: 18-23 lbs.
Female Height: 15-16" ; Weight: 18-23 lbs.
Health Problems Bedlingtons are prone to a serious liver condition known as Copper Storage Disease. They are also prone to hereditary kidney disease, PRA, thyroid problems, cataracts and retinal disease.
Living Conditions This breed will do fine in an apartment if it is exercised regularly. It will do fine without a yard.
Exercise Bedlingtons need plenty of exercise. If left alone too much, they, like all terriers, will become bored and try to entertain themselves often to disastrous results.
Life Expectancy More than 17 years
Grooming Though not much of a shedder, its coat needs regular and specialized clipping every six weeks. It needs regular brushing and its ears need to be cleaned and plucked often.
Origin In the 18th century, the Bedlington Terrier was developed by miners in the Rothbury area of Northumberland in England. The breed was originally named the Rothbury Terrier. They were primarily used to hunt foxes, hares and badgers. In 1825, the Rothbury Terrier was mated with the Bedlington resulting in the Bedlington Terrier. This breed has an acute sense of smell and sound and with the addition of speed, has made them superior hunters. Bedlington Terriers were used in dog fights ferociously fighting to the death. Although the Rothbury Terrier/Bedlington Terrier breed was shown in 1869, it wasn't until 1877 that the Bedlington Terrier breed was shown as a separate breed. Today some breeders cross the Bedlington Terrier with Whippets and Greyhound resulting in a breed called Lurchers. The Bedlington Terrier is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier