The Bedlington is among the softer terriers, not only in looks and feel but in temperament. She is companionable, demonstrative and loyal. She enjoys her creature comforts and is a fairly quiet house dog. She may give chase to small animals outdoors, but she can usually coexist with them indoors.
Bedlington Terrier Dog Care
The Bedlington needs daily exercise in a safe place; she loves to run and chase. Her needs can be met with a good long walk or vigorous romp. This is not a breed that should live outside. Her coat needs combing once or twice weekly, plus scissoring to shape the coat every other month. Hair that is shed tends to cling to the other hair rather than shedding.
Bedlington Terrier Dog Health
Major concerns: copper toxicosis
Minor concerns: retinal dysplasia, renal cortical hypoplasia, distichiasis
Occasionally seen: patellar luxation
Suggested tests: DNA for copper toxicosis, eye
Life span: 12-14 years
Interested in the history of the Bedlington Terrier dog breed?
One of the most unusual members of the terrier group is the Bedlington terrier. She is an English product, hailing from the Hanny Hills of Northumberland. Her exact origin is obscure, but in the late 18th century a strain of game terriers was developed that became known as Rothbury terriers. In 1825, Joseph Ainsley of the town of Bedlington bred two of his Rothbury terriers and christened their offspring a Bedlington terrier. Occasional crosses to other breeds arguably included the whippet (for speed) and Dandie Dinmont terrier (for coat), but no documented evidence of such crosses exist, and some breed historians assert that such crosses were never made. Whatever the process, the result was an agile game terrier that was effective on badgers, foxes, otters, rats and even rabbits. By the late 1800s, the breed had stepped into the show ring as well as into the homes of the more elite. At one time the liver color was more popular, although the blue has since passed her in popularity. The Bedlington's lamb-like appearance draws many admirers, but the emphasis on show trimming eventually dampened the breed's popularity as a show dog. With more easily available grooming tools and instructions, the Bedlington has regained much of her popularity with the public.