The Bedlington Terrier does resemble a lamb with its pear-shaped head and low-set rounded ears. The chest is deep and the back is curved. It has a thick, double coat of a mixture of hard and soft hair that sheds very little and, therefore, are considered good for people with allergies. Colors come in blue, sandy, liver, blue and tan, sandy and tan, and liver and tan.
The Bedlington was originally called the Rothbury Terrier, named after the district of Rothbury located on the English border. It was renamed the Bedlington as it was the favored dog of the Bedlington mining district. Its spunky, terrier personality was employed to reduce vermin in the mines, for hunting, racing, and for fighting.
While not exactly a wolf in sheep's clothing, the Bedlington Terrier is a little powerhouse. They are cheerful, friendly, and make good family pets, but use caution around other dogs, and socialize early with cats for best results. They are very fast both in water and on land and need to be kept on a leash. Prone to barking, so this needs to be minimized with training.
Breed Club Links: Bedlington Terrier Club of America
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