Bedlington Terrier is a breed originating from the United Kingdom, where it was bred for rodent hunting. Physically, its pear-shaped head and curly coat stand out. They are known for their affectionate and noble personality, and their strong temperament.
Dogs of the breed are medium-sized and muscular. The weight ranges between 8 and 10 kilograms, while the height varies between 40 and 44.5 centimeters in males and between 38 and 42 centimeters in females. The life expectancy of this breed is 11 to 16 years. They belong to Group 3 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which groups Terriers.
Breed history in brief
The Bedlington Terrier breed originates from the town of Bedlington, in the northeast of England. It is the Terrier with the oldest pedigree, although its origins are not known in detail. The dogs were bred for rodent hunting in the mines and surrounding areas of Bedlington. Over time, the breed gained popularity for its participation in dog fights.
However, in the mid-19th century, the breed began to be developed for show, selecting for distinctive physical characteristics. Today, Bedlington Terriers are bred primarily as companion and show dogs. Even so, the breed is not very common in the world.
Dogs of this breed have a body slightly longer than tall. Two of the distinguishing characteristics of the breed is the presence of a domed curvature in the loin area and the pear or wedge shape of the head. The eyes are relatively small, with a triangular appearance. The ears are of moderate size, low set and pendulous. As well as, the tail is long, slightly curved and tapers as it reaches the tip.
The coat is dense, soft, fluffy, and curly (especially in the area of the skull and face). The coloration may be blue, sand or liver, and tan markings may be present. The curly coat does not require specific care, although the hair grows very quickly.
The character of the Bedlington Terrier is fiery and courageous, very self-confident. They are intelligent dogs, with a strong hunting instinct, but they are gentle, affectionate and noble.
Common health problems
The breed is generally shown to be healthy, although it has been linked to some diseases or disorders such as cataracts, chronic hepatitis, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy and retinal dysplasia.
In addition, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends screening for eye evaluation, copper toxicosis and patellar luxation.
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