When describing the Bedlington Terrier, people often say it looks like a lamb on a leash, likely because it has curly, woolly fur that is said to be non-shedding. The non-shedding description is misleading because there are no breeds of dogs that do not shed at all. When the hair follicle dies, the hair is shed but becomes trapped by the curly fur; this is the reason these dogs need a lot of brushing and grooming so that the dead hair can escape.
The Bedlington can be blue, sandy, liver, or dark brown and sable; they can be solid colors or have tan markings that will become paler as the dog grows older. However, they should never be pure white because that indicates the dog has no guard hairs (the harshly textured hairs in their coat) that give the coat texture and offers the dog protection.
Contents at a Glance
- Bedlingtons are Milder Tempered
- Bedlington Terriers – Excellent Water Dog
- How to Groom a Bedlington Terriers
- Pin Brush and a Greyhound Comb
- For Comfort of Both Dog and Owner
- Rarely Requires Bathing
- More Coat to Work With
Bedlingtons are Milder Tempered
The Bedlington has a wedge-shaped head with sparkly, triangular shaped eyes. Although this breed is somewhat milder tempered and looks meek when relaxing, when aroused it is every inch a terrier! It is known as a dog with a good nature and mild manners because it is less boisterous than other terriers.
Its body shape has evolved into an unusual shape for a terrier, looking something like a Whippet or a Greyhound its build. This enables it to run very fast. However, the Bedlington has front legs that are constructed differently than any other breed. They are closer at the feet than at the elbows, which created a triangular shape when viewed from the front. This enables the dog to pivot and turns quickly when chasing prey at high speed. The Bedlington has a unique, light on its feet gait and seems to float gracefully over the ground but still has plenty of power.
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Bedlington Terriers – Excellent Water Dog
Bedlington Terriers are groomed with long hair left on top of their skull and muzzle, triangular tassels on the ears and long hair left on the legs than on the body coat. It is thought that this saved the dog from vermin bites in the facial area and from possible death from an infection.
Historically, The Bedlington was fast enough to corner a badger or a fox and was a first-rate water dog. They continue to be fast, incredibly smart and attentive to their owners. They have become loyal family companions and are great problem solvers.
How to Groom a Bedlington Terriers
Bedlington Terriers have a curly coat with soft under hairs. Both the overcoat and undercoat tend to stand away from the dog and since they don’t shed, you have to know how to groom your Bedlington Terrier in order to get rid of the dead hairs and skin, as well as give the occasional bath and clipping. Bedlington Terriers are also rather hairy; they have hair growing from their ears and around their privates that need to be clipped regularly so keeping up a good grooming regime is important.
Pin Brush and a Greyhound Comb
The coat of a Bedlington Terrier needs to be brushed with both a pin brush for the undercoat and a greyhound comb on the overcoat in order to maintain the crisp curls. You can also use a sticker brush to detangle the coat. Start by brushing out the softer undercoat with your pin brush and removing any tangles that may have grown from there, especially since it’s easier for knots to form with hair that doesn’t shed.
Then use your sticker brush to get rid of knots in the top coat and the greyhound comb to brush the coat without ruining the integrity of the curls. Bedlington Terriers should be brushed at least weekly in order to prevent mats from forming since they don’t shed their dead hairs.
For Comfort of Both Dog and Owner
Every so often while grooming your Bedlington Terrier, you’ll also want to hand pull the hairs that grow out of their ears and give their ears a good cleaning and clip the hairs growing around the dog’s anus. This is for the comfort of both the dog and the owner and greatly reduces the scruffy appearance that an untrimmed Bedlington Terrier can acquire. It also stops poop from getting stuck in the fur. You can also clip any hairs growing from your dog’s pads by trimming the feathers and any fur that is growing between the pads. This will help prevents infections.
You should also brush your dog’s teeth daily, starting the day you get your puppy. This way, your dog gets used to having its teeth brushed and it won’t be such a traumatic chore. You can use a canine toothbrush or a finger brush and always use toothpaste that has been made for dogs; human toothpaste can be poisonous and is always inedible.
Rarely Requires Bathing
Bedlington Terriers rarely require bathing; perhaps a couple times per year or if your pet got into something stinky. When your grooming regime calls for bathing, use only dog shampoo and make sure to rinse it all out very thoroughly as dried shampoo is itchy and irritating. Use water that’s a bit warmer than the body temperature of your dog for the comfort of your pet and be prepared to get wet yourself; even the most patient Bedlington Terrier will shake itself at least once over the course of the bath.
More Coat to Work With
Grooming your Bedlington Terrier is a little more time consuming than other terriers, mainly because they have more coat to work with than other breeds. However, when you are able to groom your Bedlington Terrier, you can save on groomers and enjoy some time with your dog.