The Bedlington Terrier can trace its roots back to the English mining town of Bedlington. Originally bred to hunt down vermin, local miners also used this breed in pit fights, and they were often known to fight to the death once they were attacked.
Although this breed has a violent history, the Bedlingtons of today are wonderful, extrovert dogs that make great family pets. They're patient around children, and are very loving with their people. Bedlington Terriers are loyal, cheerful, and playful, and get along well with other dogs that are not dominate. If they are paired with another dominate dog a fight may break out, which owners have confessed are terrifying to behold.
Bedlingtons do require a fair amount of exercise to stay happy. They love playing in the backyard, and especially love to dig. They shouldn't be allowed off leash or they will most likely bolt, and you won't believe your eyes when you see how fast these dogs can run!
Bedlingtons do require grooming at least once per month to keep their beautiful, lamb-like coat in top form. They need to be brushed once per week to keep little knots from forming. They shed little to no hair and make great dogs for people with allergies.
They are generally healthy, although some can inherit the liver condition Copper Storage Disease. Getting your Bedlington from a reliable breeder can help prevent that. For their larger size, Bedlington's live a remarkably long life, most averaging 15-17 years or more.
If you would like more information about this great little breed, you can visit American Kennel Club
. If you would like information on adopting a Bedlington in dire need of a loving family, you can visit the Bedlington Terrier Club of America at www.belingtonamerica.com
||16 - 17 inches tall
||18 - 23 pounds
||Blue, Sandy, Liver or any other solid color
||Requires clipping every 6 weeks
||AKC, FCI, UKC, CKC
||The Bedlington Terrier is often described as having "the heart of a lion in a body of a lamb."