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Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier Characteristics: The warm-hearted and responsive Bedlington Terrier is a breed of small dog classified as a member of the Terrier Dog Group. The Bedlington Terrier, is characterized by its sheep-like appearance with a narrow, wedge-shaped head, abundant, silky ?top-knot? and calm expression.

Other characteristics include small, triangular shaped, dark eyes; flat, hanging, oval-shaped ears; a muscular, arched back and a springy, light gait. The temperament of the Bedlington Terrier can be described as Affectionate, Spirited, Intelligent. The coat type of the Bedlington Terrier is described as woolly, curly coat in assorted colors. 

Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Bedlington Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "Lamb-like Dog". The origin of the Bedlington Terrier dog breed was in England where it was developed in the 1800's.

Bedlington Terrier Breed Group and Dog Type - Terrier Dog Group: The Bedlington Terrier is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Terrier Dog Group.

Other names for the Bedlington Terrier: The Bedlington Terrier is known by the nickname of the "Lamb-like Dog". Other names for this breed of dog include the Rothbury Terrier.

Origin of the name: The dog is named after the place it was originally bred in Bedlington is a market town situated in South East Northumberland, England. The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained as hunting dogs to pursue their prey, such as rats, mice and badgers into their burrows and bolt holes.

Bedlington Terrier History and Origin: The country of origin of the Bedlington Terrier breed was in England during the 1800's. The breed is believed to have been developed during the early 1800's by Edward Collingwood at Dissington Hall, a country estate in Rothbury to produce a dog with an excellent hunting ability and its use to sportsmen as a gundog.

The dog was called the Rothbury Terrier. In 1825, a man Joseph Ainsley from the nearby town of Bedlington called  mated a Whippet with the Rothbury dog, producing a dog he named "Piper", and called the new breed the Bedlington Terrier. (Rothbury is just 20 miles from the town of Bedlington). The Bedlington Terrier breed was described as having "the look of a lamb but the heart of a lion".

Despite its docile lamb-like appearance the Bedlington Terrier was used to hunt hare, rabbit, fox, vermin and badger above the ground but it could also work in water to hunt water rats and otters. The versatile dog was soon exported to the United States.

Due to its prowess as a ratter the Bedlington Terrier was known to be used in the blood sport called Rat-baiting (refer to the history of the Rat Terrier). In 1877 a national breed association was established for the Bedlington Terrier in the UK. The Bedlington Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1886.

Bedlington Terrier Modern History: The modern history of the Bedlington Terrier moved on and this agile, sensitive breed is still used in hunting but also has an affectionate used as a family pet.

Bedlington Terrier Height: The Bedlington Terrier breed is classified as a small sized dog.

The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 16-18 inches (41-44 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 15-17 inches (38-42 cm).

Bedlington Terrier Weight: The weight of this small sized dog, in a male dog is 17-23 lbs (7.7-10 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 17-23 lbs (7.7-10 kg).

Bedlington Terrier Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type is described as woolly, curly coat. The coat of this dog grows continuously, like human hair growth.

Bedlington Terrier Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Sandy, Blue, Liver, Sandy & Tan, Blue & Tan and Liver & Tan. N.B. The word "Blue" is used to describe a cool-toned, metallic gray color. The word "liver" signifies any shade from yellow to brown.

Bedlington Terrier Grooming - HIGH Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Bedlington Terrier are categorized as high in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The high grooming needs of the Bedlington Terrier is considered to be high-maintenance and requires almost daily brushing and combing. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Bedlington Terrier Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 3 - 6 puppies. Bedlington Terrier puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Bedlington Terrier puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Bedlington Terrier Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Warmhearted, Affectionate, Spirited, Intelligent and Responsive.

Bedlington Terrier Exercise Requirements - MODERATE Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Bedlington Terrier requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes to one hour every day. This small dog has a springy, light gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Bedlington Terrier Diet: A fully grown Bedlington Terrier should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Bedlington Terrier Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Bedlington Terrier breed include Eye problems, Kidney Problems, Patellar Luxation. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Bedlington Terrier dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).

Bedlington Terrier Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Bedlington Terrier breed is 12 - 14 years.

Bedlington Terrier Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Bedlington Terrier breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Bedlington Terrier names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Button *** Max *** Buddy *** Jake *** Bonsai *** Kewpie *** Pipsqueak *** Laptop *** Little Boy *** Dinky *** Inch.

Bedlington Terrier Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Bedlington Terrier names are Roxy *** Bambi *** Empress *** Duchess *** Missy *** Brandy *** Shelby *** Maddy *** Foxy *** Betty.

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