Dog Bedlington Terrier
The Bedlington Terrier has a very unusual appearance – he looks like a fluffy lamb and graceful, this charming cloud with vivid eyes and a pink tongue. But make no mistake, with the appearance of plush toy hides a fearless fighter and a clever hunter.
The history of the breed
Experts say that the first record of the Terrier, like the Bedlington, named Old flint, which belonged to the squire Trevelyan, refers to the end of the XVIII century.
These animals lived in the area of Rothbury in Northumberland, so at first the breed was called the Rothbury Terriers. These dogs were trained to hunt rabbits and to poison rats. In addition, they were Norn hunting otters and badgers. Maybe crossing them with whippets awarded these Terriers arched back and the ability to run fast. A good combination of speed and endurance greyhounds Terriers have made these dogs great hunters. Breed Bedlington Terrier was the most common in the vicinity of the town of Bedlington. In 1825, it received its current name.
The Bedlington Terrier, known for his bravery and hunting aggressiveness, exhibited in fights with foxes and badgers, which were almost always victorious.
By the mid-nineteenth century, the breed drew the attention of the breeders, which took over its improved. The result of selective breeding these dogs have lost much of their viciousness and aggression. They became great companions. In the mid-nineteenth century saw the light the first breed standard, and in 1877 was registered and the club of these dogs.
Dog Bedlington Terrier is a small animal, to a height not exceeding 40 cm. She's muscular, yet very graceful and flexible, having a pear-shaped head with a narrow, deep and rounded skull. The transition from forehead to muzzle invisible, from occiput to the nose should form a straight line. Jaws strong with scissor bite. The ears are triangular in shape with rounded tips. They are very thin, low set and adjacent to the cheeks. Eyes brilliant, small size, round. Look soft.
Standard flexible and muscular body Terrier should be slightly longer than its height at the withers. Back arched, deep chest, front legs slightly shorter than the rear legs like a hare have thick pads. The tail is set low. At the base it is thick, and the tip — tapered.
Coat and color
The Bedlington Terrier has a very unusual coat. It is silky, thick to the touch resembling wool. On the face of the head and curls in fine ringlets. On the head it forms a nearly white cap. On the ears it is thin, short and very light. On the tips of the ears neat brush.
Many experts say that the Bedlington Terrier is a dog with the appearance of a lamb and heart of a lion. One can hardly argue with daniem statement, because for a long time these animals were used as hunters and fighters. Therefore, today they have not lost their courage.
However, judging by the owner reviews, dog Bedlington Terrier is a great family companion. They communicate well with children, willing to play with them. Can be with a cat, but if you know her since childhood. And strange cats, he will good-naturedly to drive on the street.
Again, referring to the feedback, we can conclude that the Bedlington Terrier, a photo of which not seldom emblazoned on the covers of dog magazines, the most docile and obedient of his numerous family. He quickly understands and accepts the rules of conduct in the house, where he lives. At will never gets involved in fights, preferring to ignore to his provocations. But if the attacks can not be avoided, it will react immediately and violently, like a true Terrier!
Even an adult Bedlington Terrier loves to play, but if the owner has no time to do it, he will move aside and lie very still.
Features of education
Despite the fact that the Bedlington Terrier is endowed by nature with angelic good looks, this is a serious dog that requires a respectful attitude on the part of man.
We have already mentioned the fact that today's individuals have lost the wickedness of their ancestors, but they've retained their stubbornness and courage. Members of the family in which they live, they are perceived as relatives — all of them very much, them are affectionate and playful, very bored when left alone.
Animals are not so smooth. Bedlington Terrier has a very strongly developed hunting instinct, and therefore can be dangerous for small animals, and those dogs who tend to dominate, the Bedlington can join in fierce fights. These dogs-"sheep" run very fast, and the task owner from puppyhood to teach them to return to the call.
Bedlington Terrier, photos of which you can see in our article, likes to always get what he wants. That is why he should be given the opportunity to use his irrepressible energy, ingenuity, intelligence, doing interesting things.
The Bedlington Terrier will never be just a lapdog. It is recommended to visit with the same pet courses of obedience, participate in agility or enroll in the club Norn dogs.
The Bedlington Terrier by nature endowed with good health. However, like all other animals, he has a predisposition to some diseases. These dogs are the eye disease glaucoma, retinal atrophy, entropion, distichia. Puppies under one year is often increased lacrimation, experts explained the eruption of the teeth.
There is increased susceptibility of this breed to viral infections, so timely vaccination for these animals is especially important. Some breed lines are prone to hip dysplasia, ectopia of the ureter, epilepsy.
Care and maintenance
Unusual coat of these Terriers should not be hand-stripped. Her hair cut twice a year. On the body and leave the head very short hair, and the limbs longer. To prevent inflammation of the organs of vision from puppyhood is necessary to teach a dog to rinse and clean the fur around them.
Bathing these dogs should be the extent of pollution, and it is recommended to brush once a week. The Bedlington Terrier needs attention from the owner, he needs walks and active classes, which give work for a strong body and high intelligence, so they do not fit overly busy or inexperienced people.
Raising a puppy
Dog breeds Bedlington Terrier from an early age must consistently be brought up. Their training will require the owner patience and persistence, because the mind and intelligence, they have combined with stubbornness, and sometimes aggressiveness. Puppies should get to acquaint with cats and other small Pets. The pet should understand that it is not prey and playmate. During the day the little Bedlington should be engaged in some business. If such classes do not come up with the owner, the puppy will do it himself, which is unlikely to bring the owner pleasure.
The Bedlington is very attached to humans, but, more importantly, they are very sensitive to intonation. If they scold, they become so miserable that rare person will not tremble heart and a desire to spare the unfortunate animal.
But the Terrier to feel the slack of the owner (and they do it masterfully), they become stubborn and unmanageable animals, so raising a puppy should be solid (not to be confused with cruel) and consistent.
At an early age to get rid of the habit to drip everywhere and barking. It's in kids nature. Not too noticeable at a young age, these habits have an adult dog will cause resentment owners, endless barking and dug the garden very few people would enjoy it. From a young age, the Bedlington should know that man is in charge in the house, and he would have to obey his commands.
Bedlington Terrier –
About this dog opinions the kennel was divided. Experienced owners are happy that in their house there was this adorable puppy. They understand each other, there is no problem. They were funny and affectionate friend, a wonderful companion.
Harder it is to beginners in the dog. Indulging a small bump, which they brought home a few months ago, they often turn him into a domestic tyrant, which then can not cope.
This is exactly what we talked about in the article. Burligton intelligent, and can cope with it a firm, having the experience of raising other dogs.