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The Bedlington Terrier's appearance is very similar
to a lamb. Originally known as a Rothbury Terrier,
its exact origin is not really known. It has been
said gypsy nailmakers who settled in Rothbury
were the original breeders, however, it is also
believed Joseph Ainsley of Bedlington was responsible
for the breeding of the first Bedlington Terrier
in the 1820s.
Bedlington Terriers have a terrific talent for
hunting small game and underground rodents. They
are extremely quick which leads to the belief
the Whippet might have been one of its ancestors.
It is also thought the the Otterhound and Dandie
Dinmont Terrier may have been contributors to
the Bedlington breed. .
In 1870, the Bedlington Terrier entered the exhibition
ring and in 1877, The Bedlington Terrier Club
of England was established. Since then, the Bedlington
Terrier has had its share in winning many notable
height for Bedlington Terrier dogs: 16-17 inches
(41-43cm) and for females: 15-16 inches (38-41cm)
weight for a Bedlington Terrier dog: 18-23 pounds
(8-10kg) and for a female: 18-23 pounds (8-10kg)
Coat Type: The
coat of the Bedlington Terrier is a combination
of hard and soft, thick hair. Although this breed
is virtually shed-proof, professional grooming
every 6 to 8 weeks is necessary.
Color: The Bedlington
Terrier's coat can be blue, liver or sandy. Their
coat becomes paler as the dog gets older.
The Bedlington Terrier is an intelligent, playful,
loving family dog and great companion. They are
also headstrong and are known to be intense fighters
and very courageous. Bedlington Terriers are fast
runners, barkers, diggers and they chase anything.
It is not recommended to ever let them off their
leash when they are not in a confined area. Bedlington
Terriers are not recommended for young children.
This high-energy breed needs a lot of vigorous
exercise and playtime.
Bedlington Terriers are prone to serious eye problems,
liver disease (Copper Storage Disease), thyroid
problems and hereditary kidney disease. According
to two UK studies, the medial age for a Bedlington
Terrier is approximately 13.5 years.
AKC: Group 4 Terrier Group
ANKC: Group 2 Terrier
CKC: Terrier Group
FCI: Group 3; Section1 - Large & medium-sized
KC: Terrier Group
UKC: Terrier Group