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Bedlington Terrier: Lamb Hunter


A dog that looks like a figurine standing on a fireplace in any British film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s detectives, this is bedlington terrier. About two centuries ago, these dogs were called rotberry terriers, by the name of the then famous and extremely influential in the UK aristocratic family.

For the first time, dogs were introduced “to the court” on the territory of one of the estates of Rotberry, located on the border with Scotland. Sometimes the Bedlington is confused with dandy diamond terriers. Indeed, the history of these breeds is closely interwoven, but, nevertheless, these are completely different animals.

Characteristics of the breed and nature of the Bedlington Terrier

On numerous photo bedlington terrier It looks like a cartoon sheep, or a fragile porcelain figurine created for pastoral compositions.

This impression of fragility and grace is quite deceptive, in fact, these dogs are fearless, hardy and strong hunters, excellent companions, wonderful and sensitive guards and tireless comrades for children in their games, besides having iron health.

The breed was bred exclusively for fox hunting, and in order to surprise the royal family that the hosts of the crowned couple, Rothberry was quite successful.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of the royal family, these dogs instantly became super popular, and literally every British aristocrat wanted to appear in his hunting grounds puppies bedlington terrier. Thus, the breed spread very quickly throughout the UK, and subsequently throughout the world.

In the last century, namely, in 1970, in the homeland of animals, it was customary in England to conditionally divide the Bedlington into working animals and exhibition animals, with the aim of breeding with a predominance of the qualities necessary in each case. This situation has persisted now.

The features of the Bedlington include the fact that, unlike most terriers, they do not need to be trimmed - they, just like sheep, are sheared several times a year.

The character of these terriers is quite complex. On the one hand, they are peace-loving, cheerful, very mobile, tireless and constantly jumping pets of everyone around, on the other hand, they are formidable, moderately aggressive, fearless and very dangerous animals with an iron grip of powerful jaws that even a bulldog can envy.

Description of the breed Bedlington Terrier (standard requirements)

Despite the existing conditional separation breed bedlington terrier for the cultivation of working and external qualities, the requirements for the exterior are the same for them.

From 37 to 42 cm, of course, at the withers.

Within 10-11 kg.

The skull is moderately wide, the cheekbones are sharp, pronounced. The transition from the muzzle to the forehead is smooth. The nose is large, fleshy, painted either black or a tone of the color of the coat.

The lips are tight, the presence of brylya is a disqualifying defect. The bite is correct. The jaws are very powerful, with an iron grip.

With a low rise, hanging down along the cheekbone line, covered with soft wool and long fringe at the tips.

Not wide, with very harmonious proportions. The presence of a dome-shaped bend in the lower back is important. Straight lower back - disqualification of the dog and not admission to breeding.

Long enough, medium landing. It should be like a whip, that is, have a thick base and be narrow at the top.

  • Wool

Thick, very soft, reminiscent of warm silk. The wire structure of the wool, as well as its stiffness or not “resistance” is a breed defect, such an animal is disqualified.

All that are possible. However, from the point of view of the requirements for the exterior, the Bedlington Terrier dogs with black, white, blue, liver, silver and sand colors are the most advantageous.

Care and maintenance of the Bedlington Terrier

The main condition for caring for these animals is a Bedlington Terrier grooming, which must be done at least three times a year, and if the dog is a show, then more often, as for combing and washing, then scratching the animal enough once a week, and washing only if necessary.

However, if buy bedlington terrier in order to grow a future champion from a puppy, it’s just necessary to accustom yourself to bathing and blow-drying with a hairdryer, as well as to other procedures - nail care, plucking of some extra hairs missed during haircuts, and much more.

Although, quite often you can come across opinions that this animal is quite complex and completely does not fit the role of the first dog or companion, this is not at all the case.

Bedlington character really complicated. This dog gets along completely opposite qualities, while the dogs, like any other terriers, have incredible stubbornness.

However, there are a huge number of cases when Bedlington was bought as the first dog for the child, and the results of the training, when both the puppy and its small owner experienced OKD at the same time, completely denied the "grunt" about the need for an experienced dog handler to take part in the upbringing. This animal has a very lively and sharp mind, increased vitality, curiosity and self-esteem.

Therefore, when raising a dog, difficulties can be more likely for a professional thinking with patterns than a novice who has no experience with other animals and, accordingly, does not have patterns of perception and an established idea of ​​what kind of dog should be, and, therefore, , will accept his pet as he is, with all his personality and treat the terrier with respect, which these dogs really love.

Speaking about the content, one cannot but mention the hunting qualities that overwhelmed all descriptions of Bedlington terriers. Indeed, this breed is a born hunter and this can create difficulties when keeping a multi-storey building in the apartment with a garbage chute.

In such houses, as a rule, a lot of rats. The terrier is quite capable of diving into the poorly boarded up basement window with the aim of hunting rodents and thereby endangering itself and creating difficulties for the owners. This point needs to be taken into account and during life in such a house, bring the dog to the place of walking only on a leash.

However, when kept in the private sector, the Bedlingtons completely replace the cat. They are tireless, extremely patient and very stubborn. This dog will not calm down until it catches all rats, mice, gophers and all other rodents.

Bedlington Terrier price and reviews

Until the end of the 80s of the last century, in our country it was much more common to see welsh terriers, scotch tape, of course - Airedale terriers, but not Bedlingtons. However, already from the beginning of the 90s the situation has changed and since then not one of the relatively large dog shows is complete without “little sheep”.

Then, in the 90s, began to appear Bedlington Terrier reviews. In those days, they were distributed orally, from “dog-lover to dog-lover”, and now they are focused on specialized forums, however, their content is not much different.

Experts and experienced dog breeders emphasize the complexity of the breed, housewives living both in private wooden houses and in cottages, together with farmers, are delighted with the number of rodents caught and enthusiastically tell how and where Bedlington lays out his trophies.

And all the records in the competitions in the exhibition framework and in demonstration performances are beaten by dogs raised by children and which are the first animals of their owners.

As for the acquisition bedlington terrier, price for a puppy today ranges from 28 to 56 thousand rubles and depends primarily on the title and merit in the show rings of his parents, grandparents.


Bedlington Terrier is a rather old breed that was actively developed in medieval England. However, they came from completely different places, but from which - no one knows for sure. There is an assumption, and most dog breeders are inclined to believe that these dogs traveled with gypsies, which is why they got to England.

The gypsies used them to hunt small game, as well as poultry (yes, you heard right, no matter how it sounds) - dogs were taught to carry chickens, geese and turkeys from farms, past which the camp passed. Although the dog’s appearance tells us that this is an aristocrat performing purely decorative functions, in fact this is not at all true. Rather, a person gave him such an appearance, and the dog itself has wonderful hunter instincts and can be very useful, which was used by people in the Middle Ages. Also, the Bedlington Terrier perfectly destroyed rats and badgers.

His talents in getting rid of rats, badgers and other parasites attracted the attention of local squires who acquired some dogs. One of the squires served Lord Rothbury, and after showing him a new dog, he became an ardent admirer of the breed. He acquired several more of the same from wandering gypsies.

Lord Rothbury's estate was located in Bedlington, which at that time belonged to the county of Northumberland. At first the dogs were even named after the Lord - Rothbury, but then only the name of the area where these dogs were held in high esteem remained. There are legends, or rumors, as you like more, that the lord appreciated his dogs much more than the peasants in their own villages.

Rothbury was such a fanatical follower of the breed that this name existed until 1825. The dog, to which the name Bedlington Terrier was applied, was Piper Ainsley, owned by Joseph Ainsley from the same Bedlington. This dog Piper went against the badger for the first time when he was only 8 months old, but even when he was old, toothless and almost blind, he still participated in the hunt along with young dogs, setting an example.

In the formation of modern Bedlington at different times, other breeds took part. For example, in order to increase speed and dexterity, cross them with whippets. Also, crossbreeding was carried out with dandy dinmont terriers, carry blue terriers, and wheat terriers. Bedlington began to participate in exhibitions in the middle of the 19th century, and in 1877 the National Bedlington Terrier Club was created in England.

Brief History of Origin

This breed of dog was bred in England in 1970. It got its name from Bedlington. And in its formation took part bull terriers, whippets and dandy-dinmont terriers.

Interesting. For a long period, dogs of this breed were called "beloved companions of the northern miners." Later they began to call them "gypsy dogs", and then - rotbury terriers.

Initially, the Bedlington was used to hunt rats, otters, foxes, and other small game. But now dogs are bred mainly as companions.

Interesting Facts

The Bedlington Terrier is a rare breed that few dog lovers know about. Meanwhile, in their "biography" there is a lot of entertaining:

  1. Formerly smart and quick-witted Bedlington were in special demand among the gypsies. They taught dogs to steal wallets from thoughtful passers-by.
  2. Bedlington Terrier puppies are born with a black or brown color. As you grow older, the dog's coat brightens. The final shade is formed by two years.
  3. Childbirth and stressful situations can lead to a change in the color of the dog.

Description of the breed, standards and appearance

Bedlington is a graceful, harmoniously built dog with a graceful silhouette, well-developed muscles and quick movements. According to the standard adopted in 1981 by the British Kennel Club, a typical representative of the Bedlington Terrier breed must meet the following characteristics:

  • The skull is narrow, round with an unexpressed transition from the forehead to the muzzle. Decorated with a neat hat of thick silky wool.
  • The jaws are long, tapering to the nose.
  • The eyes are small, set deep and shiny. They have the shape of a triangle. Color depends on coat color.
  • The nose is well pigmented with large, well-defined nostrils.
  • The ears are medium sized, thin and smooth. The bottom is decorated with a fluffy tassel, the top is covered with short wool. Fit tightly to the cheeks, have a low fit and a nut-leaf shape.
  • The neck is conical, long, without skin folds.
  • Paws are long, with fingers gathered in a lump and thick pillows. The forelimbs are straight, visually shorter than the hind limbs.
  • The body is muscular, flexible with a deep, wide chest and a taut belly.
  • The tail is moderately long, low set, tapering from the base to the tip. It has a slight bend.

The height of the males of the Bedlington Terrier breed is 44 cm at the withers, and of the females 42 cm. The weight of these dogs is practically independent of gender and ranges from 8-11 kg.

Color and type of coat

The outer hair of representatives of the Bedlington Terrier breed has an unusual structure. Thick coat does not fit snugly on the dog's body and forms curls. Curls in the head area are especially pronounced. The hue depends on the density of the downhole of the dog. The larger it is, the paler and silky the coat.

Bedlington can be sand, brown or blue. Moreover, in the last two cases, tanning marks may be present on the dog's body.

The breed standard excludes black or speckled coat color. Such dogs are not allowed to exhibitions and breeding.

Nature and behavior

Bedlingtons are mischievous, sensitive and very intelligent dogs. Representatives of this breed love to spend time with the owners and enjoy playing with children. By nature, these dogs are extroverts who love to be in the spotlight.

The nature of the Bedlington is more restrained in comparison with other terriers. But despite the external calm, if necessary, they become fast, courageous and even aggressive.

Bedlington terriers are characterized by a keen perception, which makes it possible to almost accurately determine the nature of the host guests. Therefore, representatives of this breed make good guard dogs that warn of the approach of strangers.

Bedlington Terriers do not get along well with other pets.

How to choose a puppy?

To become the owner of a purebred Bedlington Terrier, you need to contact private breeders. Residents of Moscow puppy of this breed can be seen in these kennels:

It is better to buy a dog of breed Bedlington Terrier not from the photo, but after a personal inspection. Healthy puppies are playful, curious and active. Little Bedlingtons are very sociable and show interest in everything that happens.

It is desirable to choose the most moving puppy, not showing cowardice or aggression. To get an idea of ​​the nature of the future dog, you must definitely look at least at one of the parents.

Important! Livering Bedlington Terrier puppies are born dark brown, and blue - black. What will be the color of the dogs in the future, you can see at the very base of the coat.

Proper diet

Representatives of this breed can be fed both industrial and natural food. High-quality ready-made dry food will provide the Bedlington Terrier with all the necessary vitamins and minerals, which means that the dog will not suffer from a lack of nutrients.

Important! A dry-fed dog should have free access to clean drinking water.

Despite the wide range of granular feeds, many owners of dogs of this breed prefer to choose their own diet.The menu of dogs eating natural food must include:

  • meat and offal,
  • fruits and vegetables,
  • cereals
  • dairy products.

The prohibited list includes:

  • tubular bones
  • spices
  • pickles,
  • baking,
  • smoked meats
  • confectionery and chocolate.

On a note. With natural feeding, it is recommended that the Bedlington in spring and autumn be supplemented with vitamin-mineral complexes.

Walking, games and physical activity

The Bedlington, like all terriers, has a need for a long walk with the ability to run around and splash out the accumulated energy. It is necessary to take them outside in any weather.

It is important that the walks do not turn into a monotonous dog walking after the owner on a leash. An active, energetic and temperamental dog will gladly take part in a ball game or in aporting.

Training and education

Bedlington puppy training starts from the first days of his appearance in a new home. After he adapted, he is taught to respond to a nickname and to abide by established rules. From the age of three months with a dog begin to work out basic commands, including "Come to me!", "You can not!", "Place!", "Stand!" And "Sit!".

In order for the dog to behave appropriately in crowded places, it must be socialized in time. To do this, it is recommended to walk with the puppy more often on busy streets and ride on public transport.

Care and hygiene

Mandatory procedures include:

  1. Combing wool. If an adult Bedlington is enough to carry out this procedure twice a week, then with a young dog it will have to be repeated daily.
  2. Claw cutting. This manipulation is carried out as necessary.
  3. Toothbrushing using a special paste or dentological treats.
  4. Inspection of the ears. They must not only be cleaned of impurities, but also freed from excess wool.
  5. Bathing. For washing young dogs under 12 months of age, you can use special shampoos for puppies. It is recommended to bathe the Bedlington at least 1 time in 2-3 weeks. Each procedure should be completed by spraying wool with air conditioning.

Vaccinations and a tendency to disease

The first bedlington vaccination is carried out at the age of 8 weeks. As a rule, this is done as a complex drug that provides immunity against leptospirosis, hepatitis, parvovirus and plague.

Shortly before the introduction of vaccination, puppies are treated for fleas and helminths. And 3 weeks after the first vaccination, a second procedure is performed. Subsequently, the vaccine is given annually throughout the life of the dog.

In addition to viral and parasitic diseases, representatives of the breed often reveal:

  • food allergic reactions,
  • eye diseases (glaucoma, cataract),
  • copper toxicosis. This genetically determined liver disease is diagnosed in young dogs. The Bedlington, from whom they found him, are not allowed to be bred.

Pros and cons of the breed

DevotionThe need for a special diet
High learningLove for digging holes and a tendency to dig
Suitable for apartment maintenanceManifestation of hunting qualities in inappropriate places
Unusual Exterior

The Bedlington Terrier is an intelligent and dedicated dog that will become a great companion to active people.

He will be a good family dog ​​if you devote enough time to activities and walks with him. It is only worth remembering that behind the angelic appearance of a harmless “lamb” is a fierce beast with developed hunting qualities.


The Bedlington Terrier is a very cheerful dog, has an energy level above the average and is not suitable for those who are not ready to provide walks, active games and physical activity. This is necessary for the pet to make him feel happy and satisfied. In addition, this is a very smart dog, which not only understands everything that is happening around it and remembers the teams perfectly, but also draws its own conclusions.

This imposes certain rules in behavior and training, but more on that later. In relation to his family, the breed shows great love and devotion, it is really very affectionate and friendly dogs that can become everyone’s best friend. Although, sometimes they are characterized by refined egoism - they like to be in the spotlight, to show themselves in a funny way and to feel on themselves looks full of love and approval.

These terriers will be happy to go on a hike, take a walk, feeling like in a park or forest, like a fish in water. But if you come home and sit on your favorite sofa, the dog will happily sit next to you and spend a couple of hours alone. They are not recommended to be left alone for long, as the Bedlington Terrier is very attached to his family and does not tolerate long separation. In addition, they are generally very people-oriented, and if every day you go to work and there is nobody at home, it is better to choose a different breed of dog.

The breed is well suited as a watchdog, although, frankly, these dogs are almost never used in that quality now, except at home. Moreover, the residents of Bedlington say that their terriers are very insightful, have excellent hearing and instantly respond to the intruder.

They get along well with other dogs, especially if they periodically meet or grow together, but same-sex aggression is possible. By the way, despite their aristocratic appearance, these pets are able to get into a serious fight and not back down to the last (especially males will fight until they get a serious injury), so you need to be on the lookout for walks.

Children are perceived well, they can become great friends. Strangers, if these are your friends, guests, or just people on the street who do not show negativity, are perceived with friendliness. The hunting instincts of the Bedlington are quite strong, because in the past they were bred and kept just for this. Therefore, with a high probability they will hunt small animals, or at least try to do it during a walk. Now dogs are mostly of interest as companions and great friends for the whole family.

Brief characteristics of the dog

  • Other possible names: Rothbury Terrier, Rothbury Terrier, Rodbery Terrier, gypsy dog, gypsy dog.
  • Adult Growth: according to the standard 40-41 cm, but also 41 cm is considered the norm.
  • Weight: from 8 to 10 kg.
  • Characteristic color: sand, light brown (liver), blue, blue with fawn.
  • Wool Length: medium long, dense, soft, wavy.
  • Life span: an average of 15 years.
  • Advantages of the breed: smart, neat, faithful, gets along with children, a good companion.
  • The complexity of the breed: stubborn, irritable and even aggressive; hair care is required.
  • Average Bedlington Terrier price: from $ 500 to $ 1000 and more.

The purpose of the breed

Originally Bedlington Terriers bred and used as hunters on a badger, a hare and other burrowing animals. Rumor has it that once a pack of such dogs was able to drive and keep an adult bear before the hunters arrived. Dogs were also intended for catching rats.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, even organized competitions on their persecution, in which the Bedlington sometimes managed to kill a hundred rodents in 10 minutes. This feature was often used by miners who took these dogs with them to the mine to fight hordes of rats.

Over time, the breed gained recognition among noble people and gradually lost some of its working qualities, becoming more calm decorative dogs. And instead of hunting trophies, the Bedlington began to bring their owners rewards from exhibitions.

Description of the nature of the breed

If you want to see what a lion looks like in sheep's clothing, then look at Bedlington Terriers. Similar in appearance to a sheep, they are actually not so harmless. Behind cute curls lies a real self-sufficient lion temperament.

Since the name of the breed has the prefix "terrier", the Bedlington stubborn and wayward. They all try to do their own way. Along with this, such qualities as obedience and a desire to please the owner perfectly coexist in them, but only if they see this as their interest.

They have a very trusting relationship with the owners, and they can be faithful and faithful friends and companions. These dogs treat children with affection and play with them with pleasure.

How to choose a puppy

Often, unscrupulous owners, because of the big difference in price, try to slip an ordinary poodle instead of a Bedlington terrier. therefore it is recommended to buy a dog in kennels or from well-established breeders.

Despite some similarities, there are significant differences between the puppies of these breeds. Bedlington has a more rectangular skull shape and slightly curved back.

When choosing a puppy, take a look at the behavior of parents whose habits are likely to be inherited by your future pet. Dogs should not be irritable, but give the impression of self-confident and friendly animals.

All puppies at the time of sale must be issued and vaccinated.

Dog names

For amusing Bedlington terriers, the following names may suit:

  • for boys - Anzor, Archie, Brutus, Walter, Garzik, Jaker, German, Ilver, Karay, Kutas, Lorik, Roger and so on.
  • for girls - Agasha, Berta, Bassey, Virginie, Gressy, Desi, Zara, Krista, Susie and the like.

Possible health problems

A serious health problem for Bedlingtons is a hereditary liver disease. In England, all dogs undergo a biopsy. Without this analysis or when a disease is detected, dogs are not allowed for further breeding. Infectious diseases, the prevention of which are vaccines, are also dangerous for dogs.

Puppy and adult dog food

For proper nutrition of the dog, proteins and carbohydrates should be included in the diet in a ratio of at least 30/70. Proteins are found in meat, offal and fish, and carbohydrates are cereals and vegetables.
Any kind of food is suitable for feeding bedlington terriers: natural, dry or canned.

The main thing is that it is properly balanced, and the diet is regular. An adult dog is fed twice a day, and a puppy four to five times, reducing this amount with age.

Training in brief

Bedlington Terriers, despite their stubbornness, are quite well trained. The main thing is to start practicing with a pet from the moment it appears in the house, as well as to show restraint and exactingness, but without the use of cruel methods of education.

In order for Bedlington not to lose interest in classes, they should be held in a relaxed atmosphere and not be too long in time.

Advantages and disadvantages

Funny and cheerful bedlington terriers require early socialization and great patience on the part of the owners. In early and adolescence, they quite clearly show independence and self-will, which go a little with growing up and with the right education.

They are loyal to their owners and can easily cope with the role of a companion. Such dogs will present all their love and tenderness to children and become a real living toy for them.

Pets and other dogs are calm and restrained. True, sometimes hunters appear in them, especially cats, hamsters and other small domestic animals.

Despite their apparent good nature, the Bedlingtons are often prone to be aggressive and irritable. These qualities can be eradicated by giving the dog love and care.

Owner reviews


A wonderful breed that is suitable for apartments. They really don't stink or shed. By nature they are soft, obedient and very tender. The truth has its drawbacks: sometimes it bites its legs and likes to beg. And about stubbornness, I also agree. Sometimes it feels like it's really a ram, not a dog. Although they are very smart and attentive.


I really like this breed. They are friendly, loyal, affectionate and very smart. And appearance just delights. All our friends and neighbors call our miracle a sheep. Although by the way she tries to protect me from strangers, I would not call her that. Of course, he doesn’t throw himself at the passers-by, but he surely barks for intimidation.


A wonderful dog for keeping in the apartment. But if you do not want her to sit on your head, then from the first days, engage in her education.

Origin of breed Edit

There is no exact data on the origin of this breed. About 200 years ago, the first mention of the breed, which was then called the Rotbury Terrier, appeared. Bedlingtons were born and developed in the UK, on ​​the border of England and Scotland, and their roots are closely intertwined with another terrier - dandy-dinmont. The Bedlington Terrier was bred for hunting, and was not inferior to other terriers in terms of working qualities, but in some ways even surpassed them. In the 19th century, the popularity of dog shows meant that not only hunters became interested in the Bedlington. As a result of the “exhibition” breeding, the dogs gradually changed their appearance to a more refined, and the character to a more flexible one. Not all breed lovers liked this state of affairs, and in Great Britain in the second half of the 1970s the Club of working Bedlington Terriers was founded, and today is trying to preserve the hunting qualities of the breed.

The most popular Bedlington are in aristocratic circles of the most developed countries, remaining among the most expensive and rare breeds of dogs. Demand for the breed is stable in many countries of the world, but there has never been a boom for Bedlington.

Breed Features Edit

The appearance of the Bedlington Terrier is very unusual. He is very similar to a little white little sheep, but the heart of this “sheep” is truly lion, as the dog is very brave and even aggressive. The head of the Bedlington Terrier has the shape of a pear, the jaws are elongated, the dental system is very strong and strong. The eyes of a Bedlington Terrier are small, brown, or light brown in color, set deep. Ears are lowered and set low. The front legs of dogs of this breed are straight, the tail is pointed at the end. The hair of the Bedlington Terrier is quite thick, soft and fluffy, does not trim, but cut 3-4 times a year. Color: blue, reddish blue, sand, reddish brown. The height at the withers is about 42 cm, options from 37 to 45 cm are possible, the weight of the dogs is from 7 to 11 kg.

Character Features Edit

The Bedlington Terrier's character is peaceful, cheerful and good-natured, representatives of this breed are deprived of aggression towards a person and can become beautiful, loyal, obedient, intelligent and even intelligent companions. He will feel good in a family leading an active lifestyle. Possesses a balanced psyche, never gets up to other dogs first, but will not give himself an insult. Perfectly trained. Big fan of jumping.


Bedlington Terrier is well trained, but there are certain subtleties in working with him. Due to their high intellect, these dogs perfectly master the teams, but they need to be encouraged and in every possible way to show that they need training themselves. If the pet does not understand this, he will study, but after reaching a certain internal trait he will lose interest.

If we were talking about a man, we could say that he sees the point in improving himself for his own sake, and not in order to help others. But this is a dog, and therefore it is much easier to outwit it.Sometimes, but not always, it’s enough just to properly position yourself as a leader, as well as to make the pet’s life more diverse, using commands in everyday life.

Then he will understand that he needs these teams himself, in addition, he receives rewards for them, and for failure to fulfill them, on the contrary, loses something valuable, for example - he does not immediately receive a toy or a tasty treat. Rudeness and violence with Bedlington Terriers are counterproductive and only harm.

The Bedlington Terrier breed has curly hair, which many people cut in a certain way, although this is a matter of taste. In any case, you need to comb out the pet a couple of times a week, as well as monitor the cleanliness of the ears and eyes. Claws are cut three times a month, bathe a dog at least once a week.

The appearance of the breed in the USA

The Bedlington Terrier, whose photo we posted in this article, appeared in the United States at the end of the 19th century, where British officers brought him. They were entered into the Stud Book of Dogs in the USA in 1886. But only in 1936 this dog became a member of the American Kennel Club.

The breed reached its peak of popularity in the USA in 1965. During this period, the population in the country amounted to eight hundred and sixteen individuals. Over the course of more than a century of history, the standard of the dog Bedlington Terrier has changed five times. This was due to the ever-changing exterior of the animal.

In 1981, the latest edition appeared, which is valid today, however, with minor changes. Today, the Bedlington Terrier breed is recognized by all world cynological organizations and is in great demand, especially in British aristocratic circles, as well as among English hunters.

It should be noted that, despite the fact that this unusual breed is in demand, it has never experienced a special boom in popularity.

Bedlington Terrier: breed description

We have already said that the appearance of this charming dog is deceiving. Its small size has repeatedly misled opponents. The breed standard describes graceful but muscular dogs slightly smaller than average. Their height at the withers is only about forty centimeters, with a weight of not more than eleven kilograms.

The body of the animal is long, with a pronounced bend. The chest is deep and wide, the stomach is tightened. The tail is low set. At the base it is thicker, tapering to the tip. The limbs are muscular, with the rear slightly longer than the front. The head has an unusual wedge-shaped shape. The skull is wide, with well-defined cheekbones, under the eyes the area is well filled. The transition from the forehead to the muzzle is smooth. The muzzle is elongated.

Bedlington Terrier has a characteristic hat made of silky curly wool, which covers the head and muzzle. The lips fit tightly on the jaws. The nose is large, pigmented in accordance with the color of the animal - in silver individuals it is black, in brown and brown-silver - brown.


Not only the unusual shape of the head and body is different from other breeds of the terrier bedlington. It has a unique, very beautiful and dense curly hair. It is of medium length, but the standard of this breed recommends cutting animals.

Bedlington's wool has one advantage: it practically does not fade. It’s not hard to the touch, but not too soft, it looks like a cute woolen suit.

Bedlington Terrier: Character

These handsome people have a livable and gentle character. Nevertheless, such a pet needs an owner with a persistent and strong character who is able to dominate the dog. Otherwise, Terrier Bedlington may be stubborn.

In relation to people, these dogs rarely show aggression and anger, however, like shyness. In case of danger, these small animals, without hesitation, rush into battle to protect the owner, and the dimensions of the opponent for the terrier in this case do not matter.

The Bedlington Terrier, a description of the features of which can be found in many dog ​​publications today, is active, loves playing with children, and enjoys traveling with the owner of the countryside. Until very old, they retain a healthy curiosity and interest in life, which makes them great companions for modern and active people.

Features of the psyche

A pretty face, a small stature - all this is just camouflage, behind which a rather cruel hunter is hiding. In order for your pet not to frighten the household with the cruelty with which it deals with game or bird in the park, puppies must be raised from a very young age, they must undergo a socialization procedure and a training course.

Competent training will save these hunters from self-centeredness. These cuties can be stubborn if forced to do something that they are not currently tuned to. It depends on the owner’s persistence whether he can explain to his four-legged friend who is the boss in the house.

Every Bedlington Terrier dreams of getting everything he wants. Puppies can get rid of this habit if they are taken on obedience courses, agility, normal dogs. After such classes, your pet will return home peaceful and happy.

Judging by the reviews of the owners, you must be very careful with physical punishments. Unlike many of his relatives, this terrier - Bedlington - may well snap and even bite, especially if he considers the punishment undeserved. Yes, this is not the most pleasant trait, but owners should know that it is laid at the genetic level in these animals. If you properly raise a dog, then you can get rid of this problem. If you are not sure that you can handle this cute doggie, contact an experienced dog handler for help.

Maintenance and care

Thanks to its rather compact size, Bedlington feels great even in a small city apartment in which the dog will have its own place. The stove bench should be located in a dry room, away from drafts. The dog should have a bowl for water and food, toys, a tray with a filler in the first months of life (until the baby understands why they are taking him outside). These terriers tolerate bad weather, however, in the summer heat, it is better to reduce the time of daytime walks in order to avoid heat stroke.

The luxurious coat of this dog needs special care. Thick wool often rolls into unsightly tangles. In addition to regular combing, the owner should also cut the dog (at least eight times a year). However, this will require certain skills. Therefore, at first it is advisable to contact a professional groomer. In addition, you need to pay attention to the wool on the face: it should be wiped daily with a damp cloth.


The diet of this animal may consist of natural products or finished high-quality feed. When feeding with natural products, attention should be paid to how the dog's body reacts to them - this breed is prone to copper toxicosis. Therefore, you should limit the use of offal (especially liver). Undesirable foods also include cereals, seafood, legumes, potatoes.

High-quality prepared feeds for medium-sized breeds of dogs contain all the vitamins and minerals necessary for the growth and normal development of the animal. In addition, they will help save your cooking time for your pet.

Distribution in Russia

Not everyone knows that these cute “sheep” belong to centenarians in the canine family: their life expectancy reaches fifteen years, there are cases when some individuals survived to seventeen. But it is especially important that in this case, until the last days of their lives, dogs remain playful and cheerful.

It is difficult to call them fertile, usually in one litter there are no more than six puppies. They are incredibly cute and funny. The price of such a baby usually depends on the titles and pedigree of the parents. Each nursery conducts its own pricing policy. Nevertheless, the minimum price of a puppy of this breed is fifty thousand rubles.

Such a high cost is due to the fact that in our country this dog is not widespread, and there are very few kennels involved in its breeding. It is possible that in the future the demand for these curly-haired beauties will increase, new nurseries will appear, and then the price for these puppies will decrease slightly.

Common diseases

Bedlington Terrier is a breed with fairly good health, but certain problems still occur:

  • copper toxicosis is a hereditary disease,
  • dislocation of the patella,
  • dysthyiasis
  • renal cortical hypoplasia, due to which the dog subsequently develops renal failure,
  • Retinal dysplasia is a malformation of the retina with which the dog is born.