bedlington terrier breed information

common health issues

The retina lines the back of the eye and is responsible for transmitting visual stimulus to the brain. Retinal dysplasia is a malformation of the retina which can range from mild retinal folds to severe dysplasia with detachment of the retina and blindness. Visually impaired dogs generally adapt to life well due to their keen sense of smell.

This is a hereditary condition that causes fragile bones that will break easily under normal circumstances.

Copper Storage Hepatopathy is the result of excess accumulation of copper, either due to excessive intestinal absorption of copper, storage disorders, or the inability to excrete copper. This results in acute (and then chronic) hepatitis leading to cirrhosis. The condition can be managed medically by reducing copper intake and reducing copper accumulation with chelators.

Entropion describes the outward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

This is a disease in which the kidney doesn't form correctly and is small and irregularly shaped at birth. This malformation leads to early kidney failure and protein loss through the kidneys.

The Bedlington Terrier originated in the 1800s in the mining town of Bedlington in Northumberland, England. He was originally bred to keep the coal mines free of rodents and vermin, but his gift for speed also made him a natural racing dog. Today, that athleticism makes him a perfect contender for agility competitions.

The Bedlington is a medium-sized dog with a distinctive curly, woolly coat that starts out dark in puppyhood and fades to a pale bluish gray or sandy color. Regular trimming and grooming is necessary to avoid matting, and with a new haircut he bears a close resemblance to a lamb!

The Bedlington is intelligent and eager to please, so he can excel at obedience with proper training. His mild temperament and gentle nature make him a good companion for families with children, though he does require plenty of playtime and exercise to keep him out of trouble.

Despite his gentle grace, the Bedlington is prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Bedlington Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as ectropion and retinal dysplasia; liver conditions such as copper storage hepatopathy and chronic hepatitis; kidney diseases such as renal cortical hypoplasia; and bone conditions such as ostreogenesis imperfect.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Bedlington Terrier inherits anything more than sheep’s clothing, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
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