Bedlington Terrier

History/Evolution:

Named for England’s Bedlington Mining Shire, where it was developed in the 1800s, the Bedlington Terrier is one of the more unusual members of the Terrier Group. The lamblike appearance of the breed is deceiving; the Bedlington was bred to be a fast and skilled hunter of rat, badger, and other vermin. The Bedlington’s curly, woolly coat requires work and skill to maintain, but owners of the breed often rely on professional groomers to keep their dog’s coat in top condition.


Size:

Medium; females 15 to 161/2 inches, males 16 to 171/2 inches; around 20 pounds.

Color:

Blue, sandy, liver — each with or without tan points.

Temperament:

Gentle, mild, and tractable; a loyal family pet. Good with children and other pets (except squeaky rodents); reserved with strangers.

Energy level:

Medium.

Best owner:

Active family or individual.

Needs:

Daily exercise, leash, fenced yard, plenty of companionship, regular ear cleaning, combing once or twice a week, grooming to maintain shape.

Life expectancy:

15 to 16 years.