Bedlington Terrier

Other names:
  • Rothbury Terrier
  • Gypsy Dog
Country/Date of origin:
  • England
  • 19th century
  • 15 to 17 inches
  • 17 to 23 pounds
  • Softer and more gentle than other terriers.
  • Intelligent but can be stubborn.

The origin of the breed is a mystery, but it came to popularity in the mining town of Northumberland, England.  Miners brought it underground to clear the tunnels of rats.  Used as a poacher’s dog by gypsies who admired its speed and gameness.  Probably the result of crosses between Whippets and Dandie Dinmont Terriers.  Refined in the 1870′s to its present form.

Body Type:
  • Bedlingtons are a dog of curves and arches.
  • General appearance is of a racy whippet-like body with a terrier’s coat.
  • Head and body are unusually narrow.
  • Dewclaws are removed.
  • Hanging ears are clipped smooth, except for small silky tassels at the tip.  They are never altered.
  • Tail, which is held low, forms a scimitar curve and is not altered.
  • An unusual mixture of hard and soft hairs.  The feel is described as linty and is crisp but not wiry.
  • The coat tends to curl, and show-dog coats are trimmed to one-inch in length with longer topknot and ear tassels.
  • Profuse topknot is lighter than the color of the body coat.
  • Lamblike appearance requires expert grooming.
  • Allowed colors are blue, sandy, or liver often combined with tan.
Health and Wellness:
  • Copper hepatopathy.
  • Tear duct abnormalities.
  • Eye problems.
What you should know:
  • A black puppy will turn into a blue adult, and a chocolate-brown puppy will become sandy or liver.  Transformation takes a full year.
  • Nonshedding and nonallergenic.
  • An excellent watch dog, but a hopeless guard dog.
  • Likes to run.
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