The Bedlington Terrier dog looks like a little lamb. This breed has a pear shaped skull, which narrows towards the muzzle, but is deep and round to look at. The jaw meets in a level or scissor bite.
The next strong feature you see is their ears, here you see ears that are set low and are triangular with rounded tips.
Their chest is deep. The back should be slightly arched up. They have straight front legs, while the back legs are slightly longer, adding to the arched look of this breed. The tail is set low and is thick at the base tapering to a point at the end.
Their coat is a mix ,of hard and soft fur and is double coated, which is thick. You will see that the soft hair stands out from the skin adding to the lamb look.
Colours can be sandy, tan, liver and tan, liver, blue and blue and tan. They can have markings over their eyes, legs, rear and chest.
History: While the Bedlington Terrier is a cute looking dog its roots go back into the English history as a working dog that was used for hunting. This dog was considered to be a great asset when hunting hares, foxes, badgers, and was also used for rat hunting.
This breed came from the area of Northcumerland in England, where they were known as the Rothbury Terrier, its name changed to the Bedlington in about 1825.
This dog may seem like a lamb but its history tells us that this dog has been used for hunting and as a miners fighting dog, in the mine pits. The Otterhound and the Dandie Dinmount Terriers are hot contesters to be contributors to this breed.
Temperament: The Bedlington Terrier is a playful, happy dog that is capable of being very affectionate. They can make good family pets. If you have any other pets, like cats it is best that they grow up together.
This breed can get on with other dogs but if the other dog shows signs of being dominant this dog will not back down and is a fearsome fighter. They love to dig, and are very fast runners.
Although we have a dog that looks like a lamb this dog can be more a lion. This breed like most working dogs need’s lots of mental and physical exercise. He loves to run and chase so it is best to let him off the lead in an enclosed area.
This dog can be highly strung, and barks so care has to be taken to train them well, with plenty of exercise, if they are well balanced in their needs, problems are less likely. It is best to give good pack leadership and this will help the dog to avoid separation anxiety.
Health issues: The Bedlington Terrier can have a very worrying condition called Copper Storage Disease; this is hereditary and affects the liver. They can also suffer kidney disease, PRA, and thyroid conditions as well.
Grooming: The Bedlington Terrier dog breed is good for allergy sufferers due to the lack of shedding. The coat will need clipping every six to eight weeks. This breed sheds little to no hair.
Brush regularly and check the ears plucking as needed to keep the ears clean. This breed can be bathed but only do this when needed as, if too much bathing is done, it can affect the coat, making it limp and lank.
If you wish to show this dog then a lot of time needs to be spent learning how to groom this dog to show standards, or cost will be incurred at a specialist saloon.
Living conditions: The Bedlington Terrier dog breed can live anywhere, providing that needs for exercise are met, in both physical and mental stimulation.
They will do well in a good secure garden but this is not the same as the walks this breed need.
If you can’t find a local breeder in your area don’t worry, many breeders are using the major airlines like American, Delta, Continental and Northwest airlines for shipping their puppies.
At this time the airlines will ship puppies to the following States: Alabama AL – Alaska AK – Arizona AZ – Arkansas AR – California CA – Colorado CO – Connecticut CT – Delaware DE – Florida FL – Georgia GA – Hawaii HI – Idaho ID – Illinois IL – Indiana IN – Iowa IA – Kansas KS – Kentucky KY – Louisiana LA – Maine ME – Maryland MD – Massachusetts MA – Michigan MI – Minnesota MN – Mississippi MS – Missouri MO – Montana MT – Nebraska NE – Nevada NV – New Hampshire NH – New Jersey NJ – New Mexico NM – New York NY – North Carolina NC – North Dakota ND – Ohio OH – Oklahoma OK – Oregon OR – Pennsylvania PA – Rhode Island RI – South Carolina SC – South Dakota SD – Tennessee TN – Texas TX – Utah UT – Vermont VT – Virginia VA – Washington WA – Washington, D.C. – West Virginia WV – Wisconsin WI – Wyoming WY – Hawaii HI.