A Bedlington loves to play, retrieve, jog, help with chores, or
share your quiet moments. They will curl up in a little ball or
become your inseparable companion as you read, write, sleep, drive,
or just sit.
Bedlington Terrier is graceful, alert, intelligent, and entertaining.
They are characteristically inquisitive, perceptive, opinionated
and affectionate. Their great love of people and particular joy
with children endears them to young and old.
temperament is two-fold; very quiet, much like a sporting dog, until
aroused - then the aggressive terrier spirit dominates.
are bright, clownish extroverts. They are always anxious to love
please, and be the center of attraction whether in the show ring
or in any room of your house.
greatest talent is the running of a household. This includes being
fantastic hosts that leap for joy when company arrives. Astute judgement
of the legitimacy of any visitors has proven them to be excellent
breed originated near Bedlington, England. Records can be traced
back to the 18th century. History tells us how the breed was developed
to "go to ground" for game as well as to "run"
it down. Their racy form clearly shows that they are built for speed.
Their lean, agile body makes "going to ground" a snap.
the chance, most Bedlingtons today will prove themselves in the
field. They have all the instincts of a good hunting dog: sight,
scent, retrieving, and going to ground. Many are natural pointers.
In spite of these natural attributes, they are rarely put to use
as hunting companions.
shed-proof, the Bedlington coat is very dark at birth and becomes
much lighter with maturity - and it is "oh, sooo soft!"
They do need to be combed frequently (at least once a week) and
trimmed approximately every two months to keep the coat healthy
and beautiful. A Bedlington breeder should be able to teach you
to trim your Bedlington or advise you on where you can have it done.
An excellent grooming manual is available from the Bedlington Terrier
Club of America.
with a Bedlington is a joy. They are easily trained, adaptable,
and versatile companions. Their normal lifespan is about 11 to 16
years. Those who have had the opportunity to live with Bedlingtons
of each gender agree that both males and females are wonderful companions.
If you believe
that the Bedlington Terrier is the right dog for you, contact a
good breeder. Good breeders always breed for improvement using the
official standard as their guide.