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Bedlington Terrier

General Description

Long pear shaped head and thick double curly coat, the Bedlington terrier does in fact look like a little sheep! The colours are generally blue, liver or sandy. Small, deep inset eyes.

General Health

Generally healthy although possibility of some hereditary illnesses.

Hereditary Illnesses

Kidney disease, thyroid problems and eye problems such as cataracts and retinal disease.

Character and Temperament

Fast runners with a lot of energy. They like to chase and dig. Courageous little animals with a loyal and lively character. Usually good with other dogs but can be aggressive if threatened or another dog is trying to dominate.

Food

no special requirements

Exercise

lots of exercise is needed to prevent these little animals becoming highly strung or mischievous. Only let them off the lead in enclosed areas as they do like to chase and like the whippet, are incredibly fast.

Grooming

Their coat sheds little to no hair but does required specialized clipping approx every six weeks (you can learn to do this yourself). It is not recommended to bath them too often as the hair can become lank.

Origin

Originally named the Rothbury Terrier. In 1825 a Rothbury dog was mated to a Bedlington bitch resulting in the Bedlington terrier. Originally used for hunting inc foxes, hares and badgers.

Other_info

It is also an attentive and barking watchdog.

Stats

Average Dog Size

16 - 17

Average Dog Weight

18 - 23

Average Bitch Size

15 -16

Average Bitch Weight

18 - 23

Average Litter Size

3 - 6


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