Breed of the Month–Bedlington Terrier

2July 2009

Bedlington Terrier

Color:  Blue and tan, blue, liver and tan, liver, sandy, sandy and tan
Height:  Males:  16-17.5 inches/  Females:  15-16.5 inches
Weight:  17-23 lbs
Life Span:  11-16 years

Breed Health Concerns:  copper toxicosis, cataracts, patellar luxation, retinal dysplasia, and renal cortical hypoplasia.

Coat:  Thick, crisp, linty, with a mixture of soft and hard hair, tendency to curl on the face and head.
Country of Origin:  Great Britain

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.

The Bedlington Terrier comes from the mining area north of England, and has the longest traceable pedigree of any terrier.  The Bedlington was probably cross bred from a sighthound (Whippet) and a scent hound (Otterhound).  These dogs were supposedly used by poachers and gypsies to catch game.  The breed was originally known as Rothbury’s Terrier (or Rothbury’s Lamb).  The Bedlington is capable of everything from swimming, to ratting, to running down hares.  He became very important to miners who used them for rats living in the mines.  The first Bedlington Terrier Club was formed in 1877.  This dog’s lovable and loyal nature made him popular in the company of ladies.

Today the Bedlington Terrier is described as having the body of a lamb with the heart of a lion.  The Bedlington is intelligence, talented, and has plenty of exercise.  As with many terrier breeds, the Bedlington does not easily turn off the warrior in him when threatened or challenged.

Bedlington’s like to run and need several vigorous walks each day to stay happy.

These dogs shed very little, but their coats must be clipped regularly.  Show dogs of this breed require extensive grooming.

The Bedlington is a quick learner who enjoys trying to figure out what the owner wants him to do.  The terrier instincts keep this dog alert, but loyal.