The Bedlington Terrier belongs to the AKC Terrier Group and looks more like a lamb than a dog. Today's Bedlington is a suitable dog for family life. They make loyal and affectionate companions who adore children. True to being an inquisitive terrier, they should be on leash when not confined outdoors. Energetic, and fun, Bedlingtons make great family pets. This loveable, non-shedding dog is sometimes stubborn, but very easy to train.
Bedlington Terrier Facts:
Grooming: This non-shedding dog needs weekly brushings and professional grooming every 6 weeks.
Social Skills: Gets along fine with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Very affectionate and gentle mannered. Makes a good watchdog.
Children: Very good with all ages of children.
Housing: Quiet housedog, but not ideal for apartment and condo living.
Exercise: Medium to high. Needs daily exercise.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily.
Health: Copper Toxicosis (liver disease), hereditary kidney disease, eye disorders. More information on Bedlington Terrier inherited health disorders.
History: Originally called Rothbury Terriers, Bedlington Terriers originated from Great Britain in the 1800s. Their ancestry consists of crosses of wire-coated terrier breeds: Whippet, Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The early dogs were used for hunting foxes, rodents, and weasels. By the early 1900s Bedlington Terriers were bred as companion dogs. They acquired their look from newer methods of trimming, giving the breed the appearance of a sweet lamb.