The Bedlington terrier in most ways resembles a little lamb. This comes about due to the curly hair coat that this dog has. The head of the dog is pear shaped. The eyes are almond in shape and are located deep in their sockets. The jaw of the Bedlington terrier meets in a scissor bite. The back legs are slightly longer than the front legs high are straight. The tails looks set low and is short as it tapers slightly.
The hair coat of the dog is a double cat which is a mixture of both hard and soft hair, thus the characteristic look that it has. The color coats include silver, tan, sandy, liver and a mixture of colors. It is very normal to find the tan markings on the chest, rear, eyes and the chest. The average height of the dog ranges between 15 – 17 inches while the weight range is 18 – 23 pounds.
The Bedlington is affectionate, cheerful and a dog that has a lot of energy. It makes an excellent family companion. If it senses a person being passive, it may tend to be stubborn. If you have other pets, it is advisable to get the dog when it is young and a puppy so that it can grow with other household pets. It is quite friendly with most dogs, though it tends to be a dog that is not easily dominated upon and the dogs might fight in such a case. The Bedlington is a brave and energetic dog and is quite good at digging. The dog is a very agile runner and must understand to come back whenever called. It is also important to note that the Bedlington loves to bark and must learn to follow orders when told to keep quiet. Lack of exercise leads to behavior problems and it is important to take them on a walk daily to satisfy their compulsive behavior for travelling.
The Bedlington has been shown to have a very serious liver disease referred to as Copper Storage disease. Other hereditary traits affecting the do include kidney, thyroid, cataract and retinal problems.
Copper Storage disease is a very serious illness that increases the mortality of the dog, limiting the lifespan expected of the dog. Upon the realization of the genetic problems, mortality is high, though others just end up with a normal life for the less serious conditions. The dog can live for more than 17 years.
Grooming of the dog requires clipping every six weeks. Hair shedding is however minimal. Shaving around eyes and ears is recommended to ensure proper hygiene. Washing intervals of once a month are recommended to ensure the hair coat looks great.
The Bedlington originated from Northumberland in England and it was named in 1825 from Bedlington Mining Shire. It was largely used as a fighting dog and a mining dog as well. The closest relatives of the dog are the Otterhound and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier