I have a long and distinguished pedigree that dates all the way back to Rothbury in north east England. Originally I was the Rothbury terrier and the Lord of Rothbury took a particular liking to us. But its Bedlington now and we’re quite happy about that. We closely resemble a number of other terrier breeds but the most noticeable trait is our arched back which is attributable to the shape of a whippet. In fact the Lurcher is more or less a cross between ourselves and a whippet.
What do I look like?
Let’s get this bit out of the way first – yes we look a lot like a sheep. We’re cool with that so don’t feel you need to protect our feelings. The trimming of our coat can also give rise to some mohican like hair cuts. Don’t be deceived though – on the inside there’s nothing remotely lamb-like about us. We’re northern and we catch rats for a living – so nobody in the canine world gives us too much grief and gets away with it.
What do I need from you?
Our coat can be quite a problem. The trouble is that our fur is made up of hard and soft hairs, which can make grooming difficult. If you don’t have us clipped regularly then we end up with quite a bad coat. If you intend to show us then the coat must be no longer than one inch in length. We’re quite a healthy breed but do have a tendency to suffer from copper toxicosis. This will kill us so you need to get us checked out at the vet with a periodic check-up. We’re happy with moderate amounts of exercise.
What I will give in return
Despite our mild-mannered appearance we’re quite a remarkable dog. Our bravery is up there will a pit bull – we’ll fight to the death. We can swim as fast as a newfoundland and run so fast we could keep up with a horse running a steady gallop. All of this means we’re a bit like a canine Rambo so expect the odd adventure when out and about. We’re a reasonably good house pet – fairly good around children and generally accommodating and affectionate of people. Heaven help another dog that tries it on with us; however for the most part we are tolerant.
How big will I get?
A mid-sized dog, we’ll typically reach 16in (41cm) and weigh around 22lb (10kg). Inside, we’re a Great Dane!
How long should I be around for?
We’ve got a good lifespan with the average Bedlington Terrier living to around 13. We have records of an 18 year old.
How big is our litter?
Bedlington Terriers have modest litters of 3 to 6 puppies.
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