The Bedlington Terrier dog breed originated as a killer of vermin and poacher’s sidekick
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Bedlington Terrier.
1) Unknown Origin
If we look at history of Bedlington Terrier, the breeds that were originally used to develop the Bedlington are a source of great debate today. Among them are the Otterhound, for endurance, the Poodle for coat, the Whippet for speed, and maybe even a Bull Terrier, for that signature feistiness.
Most terrier breeds are remarkably similar. The same words are used over and over – quick to bark, quick to chase, lively, bossy, feisty, scrappy, clever, independent, stubborn, persistent, impulsive, intense. But some terrier breeds are more so than others. Overall, as a breed, Bedlington Terriers tend to be in the lower-to-middle section of the terrier spectrum. But of course there are some individual Bedlingtons who will be in the higher end!
Bedlington Terriers are very unique looking little dogs that boast a graceful and lithe appearance. However, they are strong and muscular with their extraordinary wedge shaped heads giving them a striking appearance. They boast a very mild and gentle look about them which disguises well the fact they are true to their terrier breed and extremely keen, skilled hunters.
4) Unique Head
One of the most defining physical traits of the Bedlington is the wedge shape of their heads which is profusely covered in almost white coloured hair and their silky top-knot. They boast longish, tapering jaws with tight lips and well-defined large nostrils that all adds and enhances their overall lamb-like looks. They boast small but very bright alert eyes which are a lovely triangular shape. Dogs with blue coats have darker eyes whereas dogs with blue and tan coats typically have lighter coloured eyes namely amber or light hazel. Their ears are neat and moderate in size being filbert shaped and set quite low with a flap that hangs neatly and flat to a dog's cheek. Ears are velvety to the touch and covered in fine, short hair with tips having a little fringe of silky hair on them.
Bedlington Terriers may look like lambs, but really they are wolves in disguise. They are intelligent, but they are terriers with a mind of their own which can make training them a bit of a challenge for people who are not familiar with the breed or this type of dog. Harsh training methods do not sit well with Bedlingtons, but they do respond pretty well to positive reinforcement bearing in mind that training has to be consistent, firm and fair. They boast having quite a stubborn streak and if a Bedlington decides they don't want to do something, the only of convincing them is to gently coerce them into obeying a command.
The Bedlington Terrier is virtually shed-proof, and the coat is very dark at birth and becomes much lighter with maturity. If the dog sustains an injury that damages his coat, that spot grows back black!
Bedlington Terriers require a lot of coat care. Regular brushing, and also clipping and trimming every few months. Note that this breed is low-dander and light-shedding, but not NON-shedding. If you're allergic to dog dander or hair, you might be okay with a Bedlington.
8) Around Strangers
Bright and clownish with his own family, his reaction to strangers varies from inquisitive to reserved; he needs early socialization so that any caution does not become timidity.
Like other terriers, the Bedlington needs to be given a lot of regular daily exercise as well as heaps of mental stimulation in order to be truly happy, well rounded characters that are a pleasure to be around. The old adage of a "bored dog being a naughty dog" is never truer than when describing a Bedlington Terrier.
10) Independent Breed
Bedlington Terriers must be taught at an early age that they are not the rulers of the world. The toughness that makes them suited to killing vermin can frustrate you when you try to teach them anything. Many terriers are stubborn and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things.