Largely due to their impressive sense of smell, the Bedlington Terrier was originally bred for the purpose of seeking and killing vermin. Their alertness and intelligence now lends itself more to the purpose of being both a watchdog, and companion. Rather obscure in appearance, Bedlingtons are distinctive through their lamb-like appearance, their wooly coat drawing particular parallels. In terms of temperament, like many other terriers Bedlingtons can be aggressive at times. This aggression is almost always directed towards smaller animals however, as when interacting with humans Bedlingtons are known to be fairly placid and affectionate.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
The Bedlington's size lends itself well to apartment living, however they will still require at least one walk per day to stay both physically and mentally stimulated. Failure to do so can result in their energy being expended in a more destructive fashion, and so fulfilling their exercise requirements is of paramount importance. Owners of small animals such as hamsters, mice, and rabbits should consider other breeds, as Bedlingtons are hunters at heart. These dogs are also not particularly appropriate for families with young children, as with most terriers. Older children however can make great companions for these dogs, provided that they are taught to treat the dog in an respectful manner.
Common Health Issues
Copper Toxicosis, Patellar Luxation, Distichiasis, Renal Cortical Hypoplasia, Retinal Dysplasia.