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Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier Dog
Boycie is an 11 year old Bedlington Terrier who was rescued. Photo with thanks to copyright owner Jenny Prevel,


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Origin / History The Bedlington Terrier was once named as Rothbury Terrier, whose namesake happens to be the Rothbury district on the English border. The Rothbury Terrier was a prized breed that was used for hunting hares, badgers, and foxes. In 1895, though, a Rothbury was crossed with a Bedlington dog, which then resulted into the existence of the Bedlington Terrier. There are some theories stating that the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and Otterhound have been part of the mix as well.

Nowadays, there are breeders that cross Bedlington Terriers with Greyhounds and Whippets in order to make Lurchers. Bedlingtons were used by Bedlington miners for hunting vermin. During 1877, it was shown as a separate breed. Today, this breed of dog is often used as a watchdog and apartment dog.

Appearance There have been many people who have described Bedlington Terriers as dogs who possess the heart of a lion and yet bear the looks of a lamb. These dogs have coats that are woolly in texture. They have arched backs and their heads are pear-shaped. They have small eyes that are deep-set. They also sport hare-like feet, front legs that are straight, and tails that are pointed.

Colours Puppies of this breed are born brown or black. When they grow older, though, they can be plain blue, liver, sandy-colored, or blue with brown, with blue being the most common color. They may also possess tan markings over their eyes, and on their chests, rears, and legs.

Temperament Dogs of this breed are cheerful, playful, and get along well with children. They can also be friendly to strangers. They can also get along well with other dogs just as long as those dogs aren't trying to dominate them. Once they feel that they are being dominated, they will fight back, as they possess much energy and courage, despite having gentle facades. They are lively, headstrong, and loyal. They can also be trained to get along with other animals such as cats, but training will have to be done at an early age.

Height and Weight They are 41- 43 cm in height and 8 -10Kg in weight.

Common Health Problems These dogs have been known to have a hereditary liver problem called Copper Storage Disease. They are also susceptible to being afflicted with hereditary kidney disease, progressive retinal atrophy, eye problems, and thyroid problems. Aside from that, those who own Bedlington Terriers in the United Kingdom have reported that health issues include reproductive problems and heart murmur.

Living Conditions Due to the fact that dogs of this breed can be fairly active when kept indoors, they can live well inside an apartment. If the owners make sure that they are giving their dog enough exercise, then these dogs can do well even without a yard.

Exercise Requirements Bedlington Terriers are active dogs that need much exercise since they can become destructive and mischievous when bored. To make certain that they get adequate exercise, owners must take out their dogs for long walks daily. It should also be allowed to run in open spaces. to burn up some extra energy.

Training Requirements Since they are intelligent and can learn things quickly, it won't be difficult to train these dogs. They react well to their master's voice, but they can be a little stubborn sometimes. They should be socialized with other household pets at an early age.

Life Expectancy These dogs can stay alive for as long as 17 years or so.

Grooming Since these dogs shed little to no hair, their coat requires special attention and must be clipped every six weeks. When clipping, owners must make sure that they clip the coat close to the body and head in order to accentuate the shape of the dog. The ears must be shaved closely but on the tips should be a tassel. The dog must also be brushed regularly and their ears must be cleaned. This dog can be bathed more often than other breeds but not too frequently as this may make the coat become lank.

Famous Examples

CompleteDogsGuide Comment A unique looking terrier, which despite its cute lamb like appearance is a typical terrier and requires lots of exercise and attention to keep it out of mischief.

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Boycie the Bedlington Terrier
Bedlington Terrier
Photo with thanks to copyright owner Jenny Prevel,, who says "He is a typical Beddie in that he is not very clever but he has a heart of gold."


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