Breed Organization Bedlington Terrier Club of America Website: http://bedlingtonamerica.com Native Country Great Britain Other Names Rothbury Terrier, Rodbery Terrier Life Expectancy Approximately 15-17 Years Litter Size Average 3-6 Puppies Breed Group AKC Terrier
Breed Appearance The Bedlington terrier is often described as
looking like a sheep with the heart of a lion. They have very
similar characteristics to a sheep including their curly coat, pear
shaped head, and arched back.
Breed Description Head: Pear-shaped or wedge-shaped.
Narrow, deep and rounded, covered with abundant silky, almost white
hair. No stop. Long, tapering jaws. Ears: Moderate size, set on low and hanging flat against the
cheeks. Thin leather, velvety texture; covered with short, fine
hair, with a silky, white tassel at the tip. Eyes: Small, triangular appearance. Blues have dark eyes; Blue
and tans are less dark with amber lights; browns and sandies have
hazelnut color eyes. Body: Slightly longer than tall. Muscular and flexible. Long
neck without dewlap. Deep, fairly broad chest. Flat-ribbed. Arched
loin. Back arching over the loin. Tail: Set low, moderate length; thick at the root and tapering
toward the gently curved tip. Never carried over the back. Hair: Thick, crisp but not wiry. Tendency to curl, particularly
on the head and face. Coat: Blue, liver or sandy with or without tan. Darkest colors
are preferred. Blues and blue and tans must have a black nose.
Livers and sandies must have a brown nose. Size: Approx. 40,6 cm (16 in). Weight: 8 to 10,5 kg (18-23 lb).
History The Bedlington Terrier was developed in England
in the thirteenth century in Bedlington, a small village near
Rothbury in Northumberland. Its ancestors include the Dandie Dinmont
Terrier, the Otterhound and the Whippet. This breed was first used
to hunt vermin and fox. Later, they worked in the mines clearing
rats from the galleries. The Bedlington Terrier was recognized by
The Kennel Club in 1873.
Behavior This robust, fast, energetic, courageous dog
has a strong personality. Happy and affectionate with his owners, he
is gentle and playful with children. The Bedlington Terrior can be
aggressive toward other dogs if attacked. Firm but gentle training
Health Bedlington Terriers may have a serious
inherited liver problem known as Copper Storage Disease. They are
also prone to hereditary kidney disease, PRA, thyroid problems and
eye problems, such as cataracts and retinal disease.
Advice The Bedlington Terrier makes a good house dog,
but he must be walked daily. Weekly brushing is required. This breed
should be professionally groomed two or three times per year.