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Bedlington Terrier

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Bedlington Terrier AKC Group: Terrier
Height: Male: 16-17 inches, Female: 15-16 inches
Weight: 18-23 pounds
Colors: Blue and tan, sandy and tan, liver and tan
AKC recognized in: 1886

The first thing you will note about the Bedlington Terrier is that it remarkably resembles a little lamb in appearance. Graceful and lithe, it shows no signs of coarseness or weakness. At rest, its expression is gentle and mild as a lamb but never shy or nervous for a dog.

The dog itself is named after Bedlington, a mining town found in Northumberland, Northeast England. Most likely, it originated from a progenitor known as the "Rodbery" or the Rothbury Terrier.

Known for rodent hunting underground, this breed of Terrier worked closely with packs of Foxhounds. It also shared a common ancestry with the Otter Hound and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier combined.

Renamed the Bedlington Terrier in 1825, the breed could have made its way to Ireland and influenced the development of Kerry Blue Terriers. Crossed with Greyhounds and Whippets, Bedlingtons produced Lurchers. Back home in England, it remained prized as a hunter of badgers, hares, and foxes.

The Bedlington Terrier possesses that distinct wedge- to pear-shaped head with almond-shaped eyes that sparkle. The ears are low-set and so is the tail. As to its double coat, it is a thick mixture of soft and hard hair. The fur is wonderfully woolly and non-shedding.

What distinguishes a Bedlington Terrier from other breeds of terriers is the shape of its body. It is constructed more like a Greyhound's, enabling it to gallop full speed ahead. Its front legs are different from a hound's, however. Closer together at the feet, they are designed to turn quickly and pivot faster when chasing their quarry.


Bedlington Terrier Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets four paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness three paws
Protection Ability three paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

For a lamb-looking dog on a leash, the Bedlington Terrier behaves in a manner which is calmer and less boisterous than other terriers. Still they are playful and lively enough to amuse you at home.

Good-natured and mild-mannered, a Bedlington is famed to be one of the most solid and reliable terriers. You can count on them to be loyal to you as an owner and affectionate to the rest of the family members.

At the same time, Bedlingtons are smart and attentive to the commands of their owner. However, never underestimate the gentleness of a Bedlington because it can be a terrifying fighter when challenged and a stubborn dog when left untrained.

Health and Exercise

The Bedlington Terrier has a life expectency of between 14 and 16 years.

Keep your pet in good shape by combing its coat which naturally tends to curl. It takes more knowledge in grooming for you to master the texture of its coat.

As to illness, most of the complications arise from urologic (bladder) and hepatic (liver) problems. For one, copper toxicosis seems to afflict Bedlingtons the most. Cataract and retinal problems occur more often at age 15 and above.

Well-behaved as a Bedlington Terrier is, it will still be prone to being restless and destructive if your don't provide it with enough exercise. Like most dogs, it will love to take daily walks and have occasional hours of play.

Give them enough time and attention, and Bedlingtons will prove to be amiable companions and apartment dwellers. They will remain cheerful and provide you with the most pleasant-looking company.

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