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Rodbery Terrier

Rodbery Terrier

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Breed Organization
Bedlington Terrier Club of America
Native Country
Great Britain
Other Names
Bedlington Terrier, Rothbury 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).

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.

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 is required.

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.

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.

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