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Bedlington Terrier

Breed origin: Bedlington, in the County of Northumberland, England.
Original purpose: Drawing badgers and ratting.

AKC recognized: 1886
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: 17 to 23 lbs
Size: Height: males 16 to 17½ inches; females 15 to 16½ inches
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Color: Blue, sandy, liver, blue and tan, sandy and tan, liver and tan.

Life span: 11 to 16 years.

General characteristics/temperament: Bedlington Terriers are graceful, alert, courageous, mild and gentle, inquisitive, clownish, affectionate, and capable of great speed and endurance. They are very quiet until aroused - then the terrier spirit predominates. Typically easy to house train, adaptable, and versatile, Bedlington Terriers make excellent companions.

Good with children? Yes

Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

Good watchdog? Excellent

Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: agility, earthdog, rally

Grooming requirement: Brush and comb at least once a week. Trim every two months. Virtually shed-free.

Known health problems: Copper toxicosis, heart murmur, eye problems.

Recommended books for further reading:

Bedlington Terrier (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Muriel P. Lee
Published in 2006
155 pages

The Working Bedlington
By John Glover
Published in 1999/1990
160 pages

The Official Book of the Bedlington Terrier
By Muriel Lee
Published in 2000
175 pages

The Bedlington Terrier, 2nd Edition
By Ken Bounden
Published in 2004
488 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Bedlington Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Bedlington Terrier Club of America Rescue

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