Origin and brief history
The Bedlington Terrier is a small bred named from Bedlington, Northumberland which is a mining town in North East England. Originally known as Rodbury Terriers, named after the Lord of Rothbury’s, because of his like of the bred. They were originally bred to hunt vermin in mines; however they have since been used in dog fights, conformation shows, dog racing, and many other dog sports. The Bedlington Terrier is closely related to the Whippet, Otterhound, and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
The Bedlington terrier is very good with people and children; however they are also hunting and fighting machines and can easily kill a dog of its same weight. They are great house dogs and enjoy the company of the family. They are powerful swimmers and can be very quick. Bedlington Terriers have a high endurance and will need plenty of exercise. They will need plenty of socialization and training throughout their lives. They tend to be stubborn and can be picky eaters.
The Bedlington Terrier has a shaggy, rough, coat. Grooming of the fur can be very expensive and time consuming. They do not shed much, however they will need to be brushed and trimmed quiet often. Dental and ear hygiene will need to be done on a regular basis. The Bedlington Terrier is a small breed; however it is very active and can be prone to small injuries. It is important to check the paw pads and body for any wounds or burrs stuck in the fur or pads.
Specification of breed
The Bedlington Terrier is of medium size. The eyes are an almond shape and the lips lack flews and are close fitting. They have an arched back and the body is slightly longer in length that in height. The Bedlingon Terrier has a light and springy gait. The male’s height range from 16 to 17.5 inches, the female is between 15 and 16.5 inches. Both genders weigh between 17 and 23 pounds.
The Bedlington Terrier is a very loyal and caring dog; however they can become aggressive towards other animals. They will need proper training and socialization to ensure they do not bolt out the door and chase animals throughout the neighborhood. The Bedlington Terrier can be a bit dominant, but with the right training and owner it will thrive. These dogs require a lot of activity and will need a very active owner. They will need a dog sport or other job in order to not become destructive around the house.
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