Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Rothbury Terrier; Rodbery Terrier
According to the Bedlington Terrier Club of America, this breed was developed by poachers in northeast England: "The Bedlington's speed, endurance, and ability to make a quick kill would have served poachers well. Ironically, the gentry were so impressed by the breed's hunting prowess that they hired the very dogs that were stealing their game to rid their ponds, woods, and outbuildings of vermin.
This springy terrier may look like a curly-coated lamb, but don't expect a meek, submissive dog. This active, energetic breed loves to play and may be sensitive or stubborn if you don't know how train with kind, consistent positive reinforcement.
Appearance / health:
Bedlington Terriers are known as "lambs on a leash" owing to their furry appearance. Their bodies are similar to a Greyhound's, enabling them to run at high speeds. However, in the case of Bedlington Terrier, the front legs are closer at the feet rather than the elbows. This allows the Terrier to move around quickly when chasing quarry. The head is narrow, deep, and rounded. The skull is short while the jaw is long. The tail is set low and is of medium length. The coat is not wiry.
The Bedlington Terrier does not shed, yet requires considerable grooming to prevent the fur from looking matted. Most owners get their dogs professionally groomed once in six weeks. Combing is done on a weekly basis. Owners can clip the shorter hair around the eyes, ears, and other parts themselves. A mild shampoo is used when required.
They need good amounts of exercise. A vigorous walk or a long jog is a suitable outlet for their high energy levels. They would make excellent companions on a trek, picnic, or any other outdoor trip. Keeping them active is necessary to keep fit and prevents boredom, which can lead to destructive behavior.
Bedlingtons are known to suffer from an inherited disease called Copper Toxicosis, which is marked by excess copper buildup in their liver and causes death. DNA testing is done to identify this disease. A disease called hip dysplasia (marked by badly formed hips and can cause lameness) may also occur. In addition, these dogs may suffer from kidney disease, thyroid problems, eye, problems, and liver disease.
Behavior / temperament:
Though an uncommon breed, Bedlington Terriers make wonderful pets, always eager to please their owners. Affection and attention motivates most dogs more than food does. They love to dig. Despite their lamblike appearance, they can be aggressive at times, especially with smaller animals that they love to chase. Generally, most Bedlington Terriers do not show hostility toward humans. Their hunting instincts are strong. Hence, some dog-lovers frequently refer to them as "wolves in sheep's clothing with a lion's heart.
Some of them can be headstrong at times. However, most can be trained easily. Training must begin early and include obedience training and socialization with other pets and people. Their learning rate is high.
The Bedlington is not known for barking, and tend to bark only if there is a good reason. This is partly what makes them so good for living in apartments.
excellent family dog, lovely curly fur, affectionate, much-loved companion, healthy breed
yappy breed, active lifestyle, Copper Toxicosis, poor cat, bark
groomed, coursing, hair, daily walks
Bedlington Terriers, why to wish to have them like the best friends?
Bedington is excellent dog! it´s easy to train him, behaviour him, groomed him. Bedlington is excellent family dog love you, your family, he is able to guard you if it´s necessary. He is beautiful and it´s nice to show him, he is clever and it´s easy to train him in obedience, he is full of energy and it´s easy to do with him agility, coursing , frisbee........ he loves swimming and it s great to spend with him nice holiday, he loves sleeping and it´s easy to have break with him, he loves running and it s good idea to sport with him , he loves your touch and it´s the best of all to love him like your the best friend. If you need the best friend for you , your family try to acquire bedlington like your staunch friend.
From arien May 19 2010 3:02PM
Dental examination, with ear, eye and other examination, should be a part of every check-up.
Many owners do not think much about dental health, but let me tell you about my experience; many of my client's dogs, and that mostly includes small breeds have teeth problems. Because of bad diet, dogs develop problems early. I have dogs as young as 3 or 4 ears that undergo anesthesia once a year because of dental problems. It is not necessary, and it is not healthy, and it is a risk. After a while, problems will get worse, dogs will lose their teeth, and other great problems will occur. This will affect the longevity of your pet. Malocclusion is abnormal placement of teeth;abnormal contact with other teeth or soft tissue that results in pain . Malocclusion is sometimes a result of primary (baby) to secondary teeth so it is important to follow through this process and not to miss dental checks in puppies. Early detection of some dental problems can lead to complete correction. .
From DVM Ivana Vukasinovic 10 days ago
Looked like a lamb, behaved like a lion!
We took Monty from a well-meaning friend, who couldn't keep him any more - the reason being that he was worrying the local farmer's sheep. Apparently the farmer was getting so annoyed, he threatened to shoot the dog. Monty was a purebred, and so pretty to look at, with his lovely curly fur. We thought he would be a great companion for our daughter, then aged 5.
But it was not to be. Monty turned out to be really highly strung, and quite difficult to manage. My daughter wanted to pet him all the time, but he would growl and snap at her. He also terrorized our poor cat!
Highly energetic, he would race around the house and furniture, making scratch marks on tabletops. On one occasion, we found him on the kitchen floor with a whole ham and a bag of potato chips that he had taken from the kitchen counter!
He could run like a whippet, and needed lots of walks. He enjoyed digging up our back yard! He also needed professional grooming, which can be expensive.
We eventually made the difficult decision to give him away. I think he might have been a good dog if he'd been properly trained as a pup, but I would never choose a Bedlington again after that experience!.
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