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Bedlington Terrier Essential Facts And Information

Jun 14, 2008
The Bedlington Terrier bears a striking resemblance to a lamb. It is very different from what most terriers look like. It is roach backed, with an unusual tightly curled coat, not typical of the terrier coat in that it is not "wiry" nor should it be stripped as the terrier coat is. They are swift of foot, still possessing all the capabilities of a terrier for catching prey, being especially eager to give chase and catch rabbits.

Although in past centuries they were a "go to ground" terrier they evolved into a breed with longer legs and a body similar in type to that of the Whippet and have been used most extensively as a rabbit hunter. For many years they were termed the "gypsy's dog" for the poaching of rabbits was often the gypsies' means of obtaining the meat for the supper pot and nearly every wandering tribe had these dogs for that purpose. However, the Bedlington gradually found its way into the homes of the aristocrats and it became a favorite of the upper classes in Great Britain.

The Bedlington's temperament is docile and mannerly, being less vocal than most terriers. The movement is springy and agile. The ears are long and lying close to the skull, shaved all along the length with a small bit of the curly hair left on the end. The head is shaped much like that of the Bull Terrier, long and roman with no stop. The eyes are small and quite expressive.

the Bedlington's front should appear as that of an upside down horseshoe because its front legs should be slightly bowed. The coat color may be blue, sandy, liver, or all of the above with tan markings. If the coat is not kept trimmed it would be a disaster to try to care for it, but when kept neatly scissored close to the body there is no problem whatsoever.

It is tradition to shave the sides of the cheeks and all of the ear except for the very bottom. Longer hair is left at the top of the head, which gives the Bedlington an appearance of an "egg shaped" head. Puppies are usually born black or dark brown and turn color as they age.

There is a serious condition which can affect the breed, known as liver toxicosis. Affected dogs can live a normal life if fed the correct diet however. Still a responsible breeder will test for this condition and avoid breeding to affected dogs. Other than this condition, Bedlingtons are hardy and long lived.

The Bedlington is an excellent house pet, being quiet and reserved and loving to be with people more than anything else. They are much more tolerant of other breeds than most terriers are. It is a dog which easily "tunes in" to the needs of its master and is a loyal and affectionate pet.
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