With this breed, you can’t confuse him with any other; it’s as unique as it can get. With its lamb-like appearance, this dog will sure get heads turning whether he’s walking down the road or strutting his stuff in the show ring.
With that lamb-like appearance, you would expect this breed to herd sheep, but in reality this breed was bred for a totally different purpose. This breed instead killed vermin. Developed in north England, this pooch proved its worth in 1800’s getting factories and mines rid of rats, badgers and other vermin. After work, coal miners enjoyed watching these dogs race. The name Bedlington derives from the homonymous mining town in Northumberland where these dogs were bred. Lord Rothbury lived with his estate with several Bedlington terrriers, because of this, they were also referred to as “Rothbury Terriers” . This breed was recognized in recognized in 1886 and categorized under the terrier group.
These dogs stand between 15 and 16 inches at the shoulders. Their weight ranges from 17 to 23 pounds. These dogs move in a graceful manner, with a light and springy gait. Their appearance is distinctive, courtesy of they’re intriguing looks. The most common coat color is white, but this breed can also be blue, sandy, liver, blue and bi-color. Courtesy of the dominant greying gene, all puppies are born dark and get lighter as they age.
These are active, intelligent dogs with a keen sense of smell. They adore getting attention and love to spend time entertaining the owners and guests with their antics. This is a lively, playful breed that can have a stubborn streak, but unlike many other terriers, they are on the milder side and tend to be calmer indoors. This breed has impressive swimming abilities, often comparable to a Newfoundland. And when it comes to running, these guys love to spring with great speed.
The Ideal Household
These dogs will require a sturdy fence as they love to romp around the yard at full speed and can be clever escape artists.. As much as they love to go out for some romps and favorite digging activities, this breed does best indoors. The Beldlington can adapt to life in an apartment as long as he gets the exercise he needs. Bedlingtons are active go-getters. Make sure to walk him, play with him and provide the mental stimulation he craves. After meeting his needs for exercise, your Bedlington will be more than happy to curl up and fall asleep. Fail to do this though, and he’ll resort to digging barking and chewing. The relentess barking can become annoying to neighbors. Some state that this breed’s bark sounds hound-like in nature.
With children, this breed does best with older ones. He may tolerate up to certain point rough play and will set limits if things get too rowdy. Teach children how to interact appropriately with this breed and respect. When raised with children who respect him, he makes an active play mate. Always supervise children when they’re around a dog, no matter how sweet and behaved.
With other dogs of the same sex, this breed can be aggressive. If they are challenged into a fight, they won’t back down and can cause serious damage. Fights at times can be triggered by jealousy. If you have other pets, especially small ones like guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters, consider this breed’s past history as vermin hunters. He may get along with the cat, as long as he’s raised from an early age, but this won’t mean he’ll love your neighbor’s cats.
These dogs will need socialization, starting from an early age so their high strung personality and caution does not progress into timidity. They’re known to love people and guests, but they’ll alert if they notice anything suspicious. Owners of this breed claim it to be a good watchdog that uses his judgement. when well socialized.
Overall, these dogs are quite smart so training them is not an arduous task, but you’ll need to persuade him that it’s worthy. Use upbeat positive reinforcement training. Harsh training techniques will only bring out this sensitive breed’s stubborn streak out and training will become a battle of wills. To make him super happy, enroll him in Earth dog trials where he gets to do what he was bred for.
This breed can be a finicky eater. When injured, the hair may grow darker in color, but only temporarily, Bedlingtons are predisposed to the following conditions: copper toxicosis, luxating patellas, distichiasis, Renal Cortical Hypoplasia and Retinal Dysplasia. The average lifespan for this breed is around 13.5 years.
The Bedlington’s coat is a mix of soft and harsh hair that is crisp to the touch but not wiry. It doesn’t tend to shed much, a quality that caused many to classify the breed as hypoallergenic. The head has a top knot that is typically lighter in color. One great advantage of this breed is that its coat won’t need to be stripped, which is something many terriers have in common. Groom him twice a week to keep his coat mat free. Make the grooming pleasant and get your Bedlington used to it from an early age to help him tolerate it.This breed often boasts a lamb clip which is done by a professional groomers and often takes hours of work.
Where to get one
This breed remains quite rare overall, finding one can be an arduous task. Breeders may have waiting lists and may ask a hefty premium for their pups.
Bedlington Terrier Club of America