Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier dog breed is one of the most unique-looking of
all the terrier breeds. At first glance, Bedlington Terrier dogs seem
to have almost a lama shape, with their pronounced necks and rounded
backs. Perhaps the most striking feature is the distinctive coat of
both hard and soft hair. But the powerful, almost rabbit-like hind
legs are also impressive. Bedlington Terriers don't just run, they
gallop. In addition to being fast, Bedlingtons also tend to show
remarkable endurance.

Here are the characteristics of the Bedlington Terrier breed as
determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

The Bedlington Terrier's Behavior
The Bedlington Terrier dog breed is great for people who can handle a
lively animal. Bedlington Terrier dogs tend to be alert, extremely
energetic, and courageous. Just don't try to race a Bedlington: those
hind legs really are as powerful as they look.

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual
dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before
bringing them into your home.

The Bedlington Terrier's Physical Characteristics
Size: Males: 16½ inches; females: 15½ inches.
Coat: Hard and soft hair standing well out from the body in a distinctive coat.
Color: usually white.
Eyes: Almond-shaped and small, color: blue, sandy, liver, blue and
tan, sandy and tan, liver and tan.
Ears: Triangular, rounded at the tip.
Skull: Narrow, deep and rounded.
Nose: Large, well-defined nostrils.
Tail: "Scimitar-shaped," in the words of the American Kennel Club's
breed standard. The tail starts out thick and then tapers to a point.
Bedlington Terrier's Origins and History
Here are the barebone facts of the Bedlington Terrier dog breed's
history, according to Wikipedia.

Country/Region of Origin: United Kingdom

Original purpose: hunting, particularly chasing hare and rabbit. The
breed was also once popular for use in dogfights.

Name: named after the mining town of Bedlington, Northumberland in
northeast England.

Historical notes: The original name of the Bedlington Terrier breed
was the Rothbury Terrier. Rothbury is a town, like Bedlington, in
Northumberland, England.

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