BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
Boulevardier Sireel Prunella
Photo courtesy: Sireel
Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.
** The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.
Male: 16.5 in (42 cm) - Slightly less for a female
Approximately 17-23 lb (8-10.5 kg)
The Bedlington Terrier, originally known as the Rothbury Terrier, comes from the North of England and was bred to control vermin. The breed is believed to share the same ancestry as the Dandie Dinmont and thought to be first known towards the end of the 18th century. During this time, he was popular with coal miners who cross bred what was known as the Rothbury with the Whippet which eventually gave him today's Bedlington appearance. With this cross-breeding, the miners had developed one of the gamest of Terriers one who was able to swim down an otter, course a rabbit, as well as fight in the pit.
The National Bedlington Terrier Club was formed in 1875 and 20 years later, the first breed standard was written. Since then, the breed has been transformed from the rough-looking working terrier that he once was to an elegant and gentle show dog and companion.
In appearance, the Bedlington is truly unique with his wooly coat, tasseled ears and the arched back of a Sighthound. In temperament as well, the Bedlington is unlike most of his other Terrier counterparts He is a bit more sensitive and a lot more quiet. However, once aroused, the true Terrier spirit is very much apparent. The Bedlington is well known for his speed and endurance. He excels in obedience and is very easily trained. He loves to play, is graceful, alert, intelligent and entertaining. Overall, the Bedlington is a wonderful and loyal companion for people of all ages.
The most significant hereditary health problem found in the Bedlington Terrier breed is Copper Toxicosis In Bedlington Terriers it is an inherited defect in the metabolism of copper and known to cause Chronic Hepatitis. It is estimated that 25% of Bedlingtons have this disorder and 50% are carriers. Affected dogs develop a slowly progressive liver disease. This disease can be fatal and initial symptoms may be vague but can include loss of appetite, vomiting, weight loss, lethargy, and/or increased drinking and urination. As the disease progresses, signs are more specific to liver failure. The Bedlington can also be affected by Retinal Dysplasia in the detached or geographic form. With this condition, there is an abnormal development of the retina which is present at birth. The disorder can be inherited or acquired from a viral infection.
If you are considering the adoption of a Bedlington Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)
Recommended Health Screening:
For the Bedlington Terrier, the CHIC* database includes health screenings for the following:
- Copper Toxicosis;
- Patellar Luxation; and
- Eye Examination by a board Ophthalmologist at a minimum of one year of age.
Additional Health Resources:
- Chronic Hepatitis / Copper Toxicosis For additional information, see the Health and Nutrition section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website.
- VetGen's Genetic Test for Copper Toxicosis in Bedlington Terriers
- Bedlington Health & Wellness From the Bedlington Terrier Club of America
- Canine Inherited Disorders Database Bedlington Terrier
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- CKC Breed Standard
- AKC Breed Standard
- UKC Breed Standard
- Illustrated Standard From the Bedlington Terrier Club of America
- The Kennel Club (U.K.) Breed Standard
- FCI Standard No. 9
The Bedlington Terrier coat is very dark at birth becoming lighter with maturity. The coat is non-shedding but does require frequent combing and needs to be trimmed about every two months.
- Grooming your Bedlington
- Grooming This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
Choose from a wide variety of items from Dogwise.com
- Clubs, Sports & Activities For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
- Working Dogs The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.