bedlington terrier breed information
common health issues
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.