Non-sporting Breeds

Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 16-17 in (40.5-44cm) Bitch: 15-16 in (37.5-41 cm)
Weight: 18-22 lb (8-10.5kg)
Coat: Thick and linty
Color: Blue, liver, or sandy, with or without tan; darker pigment to be encouraged; blues, and blue and tans, must have black noses; livers and sandies must have brown noses

The Bedlington Terrier looks like a shorn lamb with its distinctive thick, linty coat standing well out from the skin. This breed was once a favorite with poachers and is still known by some as the Gypsy Dog. It is believed that the Greyhound or Whippet played a part in its ancestry and possibly also the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The Bedlington probably originated in Northumberland, in the north of England. The Bedlington is a true terrier: lovable, full of fun, and a terror when its temper is provoked. It is, however, easy to train and usually adores children. It does not need a great deal of space, enjoys average exercise, and while its coat needs regular trimming, a good grooming every day using a stiff brush will normally keep it tidy.
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