BEDLINGTON TERRIER Dog

These dark eyes are the window to a very sophisticated Terrier. The Bedlington head is very peculiar and gives the breed an appearance different from any other dog.

An extraordinary and different Terrier breed; the Bedlington is a rough athlete, with great grace and style. The head is described as narrow but deep and rounded; long in the jaw and short in the skull. There is no stop, and the profile line is uninterrupted. The head is not wide in the cheeks, or pointy. The eyes are almond shaped, small and sunken; oblique and quite high on the head. The ears fall flat, are low inserted, triangular with rounded tips. The jaw is long and narrows; the muzzle is strong and bone filled under the eyes. The neck is long and narrowing, never too muscular. The head is carried high. The body is longer than high, muscular and light; the hindquarters are longer than the forequarters, straight; the thighs, long and sloping, slightly angled; the hocks are strong and well let down, not open or closed. The coat is a trademark for the breed, it is a mix of hard and soft hair, standing; not rough to the touch: the hair is crisp and tends to curl. The tail, low inserted and ends in a tip. The Bedlington can be blue, sandy, brown, blue and tan, brown and tan. Dark patches are desirable in every coat. The male should preferably stand at 41 cm to the withers; the female, 39 cm. The weigh is between 8.2 and 10.5 kg.   
 
WHO IS BEDLINGTON TERRIER Dog FOR
Endowed with a great sense for the absurd, the Bedlington is amongst the clowns in the canine world. This dog needs family attention. Bred at home, it is very tolerant with children and extremely loyal and affectionate with its people. It doesn’t have a fowl character nor is it hard, although specimens bred strictly as mice hunters can be very brave. However, its affection towards people has been underestimated. It is not difficult to raise more than two Bedlington together, and they don’t have character problems, as claimed by some.
 
BEDLINGTON TERRIER Dog DEVELOPMENT
There is a lot of difference between the adult Bedlington and the puppy. The breeders say that only an informed person can really judge a puppy’s potential. For beginners: the Bedlington is born black, chocolate brown or dark brown, and turns blue, brown and sandy as an adult, respectively. This change can take most part of the first year, until completing. The possible buyer should avoid long backed specimens, narrow chest, waggy tail and those who are noticeably overweight or lack substance, since these defects are not corrected by age. Scissor or level bite is admitted, with well closed lips. The owner must check that the premolars are not missing. The Bedlington usually takes its meal without protesting, for which ensuring a balanced diet will not be a problem.

With crispy hair and a tendency to curl, the Bedlington coat stands out in a combination of soft and hard hair.
 
HEALTH of BEDLINGTON TERRIER Dog
 
The Bedlington Terrier puppies are dark during the first year, and their light coat lightens gradually to the adult color. Choosing a show puppy requires experience and a good eye, since the Bedlington can vary unpredictably as for coat, color and conformation.
 
The Bedlington is usually a healthy and long-lived dog. It is an authentic Terrier and unfolds that characteristically spark. Care is demanding, since the breed’s typical trim needs professional help. According to breeders it is not recommendable to keep these dogs at high temperatures during too long, especially when the hair is kept long. The largest problem this dog has is an anomaly consisting of copper retention in the kidney. It is calculated that currently up to 50% of the breed can be affected; however, many of these dogs can lead a normal life. The buyer must insist in a normal biopsy certificate for any litter’s parents. Another known problem is retinal dysplasia, which is also hereditary, for which it is essential to X – ray any male and female intended for reproduction. It is a Terrier breed that requires abundant constructive exercise and obedience training.
 
The Bedlington mood is different from other Terrier. Potentially reserved and stubborn, it needs a firm but patient owner.