These dogs have small eyes and pointed tails, and their front legs should be straight. They will have a thick, curly coat which should be sandy, blue, or liver in color. Some of these dogs may also feature tan marks near their eyes. The Bedlington Terrier has a distinctive gait which is impressive to watch.
The original name for this breed was the Rothbury Terrier, and they were used to hunt hares, foxes, and other small animals. The modern Bedlington Terrier was first bred in 1825.
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These dogs are playful and loving to their owners. They are good with children, and may also be friendly to strangers as well. The Bedlington Terrier must be socialized to behave with cats and other pets, and this should be done while they’re puppies. This is a breed that will get along with other dogs as long as it is not challenged. While they are small in size, the Bedlington Terrier can be powerful and vicious when it is threatened. Their size allows them to move with excessive amounts of speed.
The Bedlington Terrier is generally a healthy breed, but is prone to developing a dangerous condition that is called Copper Storage Disease. In addition to this, they may also have problems with their kidneys and eyes. Despite this, the Bedlington Terrier has one of the longest lifespans of any dog breeds, and some have been known to live as long as 23 years, though the average life expectancy is about 17 years.
Because of the energy these dogs have, owners will want to give them large amounts of exercise. If they are not given enough exercise, they can become bored and problematic. These dogs can live in apartments, but it will be the responsibility of the owner to make sure they get the exercise they need.
Special Grooming Needs
The Bedlington Terrier has a curly, dense coat that needs extensive amounts of care. Owners will need to have it trimmed once every month and a half, and they can save money be learning how to do it themselves. Owners will also want to pay attention to the areas near the ear. Owners who don’t have the time will need to hire a dog grooming specialist.