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Description of Bedlington Terrier

The Breed History

Though the early origins of this breed are somewhat obscure, it is known that the breed was widely used for sporting in Northumberland County in England. The recorded date for the first breeding of a dog referred to as a Bedlington terrier was 1825. The National Bedlington Terrier Club of England was formed in 1877, and the breed was registered in the Kennel Club of England June 1898. Registry in the AKC occurred in 1967.

Breeding for Function

A courageous ratter, pit fighter and vermin eradicator, this breed was renowned for toughness and staying power, and now also enjoys a reputation as an exceptional companion dog.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 15.5" (39 cm), male 16.5" (42 cm).

Weight: females 17-20 lb (7.5-9 kg), males 20-23 lb(9-10.5 kg).

Coat: The medium-length haircoat is blue, liver, or sandy; also bi-color such as blue and tan, liver and tan, and sandy and tan. They are trimmed for show to a one-inch coat length on the body. Coat is thick and somewhat curly. Their coat has been called a "lamb's coat"; this is a distinguishing feature of the breed. The coat needs very regular grooming and clipping to prevent matting.

Longevity: 12-14 years.

Points of Conformation: This is a moderately sized dog with an alert demeanor. The head is narrow with no stop, skull is dolichocephalic, and the profile is slightly convex (Roman-nosed). Eyes are almond-shaped, and blue dogs have dark eyes, while others may have a range including hazel. Pendulous ears reach to the lateral commissure of the lips. Nose is pigmented black or brown. They have a long, tapered neck and have a deep thorax, with moderate arch and obvious tuck. Dewclaws are usually removed. The low-set tail reaches to the tarsus. These dogs move straight and true, with a springy gait.

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