Bedlington Terrier - Breed and Grooming Tips

Wait a minute...is that a dog or a lamb? Fear not, these graceful terriers in sheep's clothing are all dog. Bedlingtons are lithe, energetic Englishmen standing 15 to 17.5 inches. The distinctive coat, arched back, velvety tasseled ears, and fleecy, slender head are identifying features of this one-of-a-kind breed. As the curvy contours indicate, there’s sighthound—Whippet, most likely—in their family tree. Bedlingtons roused to pursuit can gallop like the wind.



A Look Back: The Bedlington Terrier takes it name from the mining shire of that name, in the County of Northumberland, England. Their dogs were famous for their abilities in drawing badgers and ratting, despite their smaller size than most of the dogs of the day.



Right breed for you? While easy to house train, their natural hunting instincts make them excel at all sorts of dog sports and the required exercise to keep them fit and active. The Bedlington has a mild and gentle temperament and is neither fussy nor mischievous. The breed is an energetic playmate for children but not overly rambunctious. Regular playtime and walks will keep the Bedlington fit and in high spirits.



Source: American Kennel Club www.akc.org


Grooming

Coat & Grooming: This is a non-shedding, single-coated breed which needs to be maintained with regular scissoring or clipping. If you are up to the challenge, some Bedlington owners have learned what it takes to groom this uniquely styled breed. But for regular grooming a greyhound comb, gentle slicker brush and a pair of scissors will keep them neat. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.



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