Bedlington Terrier

Description

At first sight, the Bedlington Terrier could easily be mistaken for a very tall and lean lamb. Its short coat, which is typically blue and tan or sandy and tan, is one of its most distinctive features. It is coarse, but manageable. Its head is and narrow and rounded at the crown. The ears are short and hang close to the sides of the head. The nose, eyes, and mouth are large and usually dark. The fur on the head is usually longer and slightly curly. Its neck The strength and power of its body is almost overshadowed by its delicate and small appearance. The legs are long and lean, indicative of its agility and speed.

Temperament

The lamb-like appearance of the Bedlington Terrier is very deceiving. The breed is easy going, but will not back down when confronted by an aggressor. It is loyal to its family and will attempt to protect their property by barking when strangers are in close proximity. Supervision is imperative when it interacts with other household pets, unless it has been raised or effectively taught to coexist with them. It has a tendency to chase small animals, but this shouldnтАЩt pose a problem as long as it is kept inside or outside within a secure fence. The good-natured Bedlington Terrier enjoys playing with children.

Height and Weight

Male height: 16-20 inchesMale weight: 17 – 23 poundsFemale height: 15-20 inchesFemale weight: 17 – 23 pounds

Health Problems

Copper toxicosis is the major health concern of the Bedlington Terrier. Other minor concerns that the breed may develop include distichiasis, retinal dysplasia, and renal cortical hypoplasia. Patellar luxation is seen in the breed in rare occurrences.

Ideal Living Conditions

While the Bedlington Terrier will do fine indoors, it is typically very energetic and may become destructive if it does not fulfill its needs for exercise at least once throughout the day. Any size yard is fine for the Bedlington Terrier, but it tends to dig.

Exercise

Despite its tender look, the Bedlington Terrier is a very energetic dog. If it set loose in a safe and open area it will run and play to its heart content. Other forms of activity, such as running or jogging with a family member will also give it the exercise it needs. Walking is beneficial, as long as the walk is lengthy.

Life Expectancy

Average of 12 – 14 years

Litter Size

Average of 3-4 puppies

Grooming

The lamb-like coat of the Bedlington Terrier doesn’t shed very much, but does require reqular clipping to keep it healthy. Regular brushing or combing is recommended to keep the coat tangle-free. Special attention should be given to the fur that grows around the eyes and ears since it can curl inward as it grows long. Keeping the fur clipped close in these areas will help to prevent infection.

Origin

While the origin of the Bedlington Terrier is vague, its bloodline includes hounds and terriers

Group

Terrier

Color

When the Bedlington Terrier is a puppy its coat tends to be dark. As it reaches adulthood the coat is much lighter. The acceptable colors are tan, red, or blue. The coat may be a solid color or a combination with tan.