The famed progenitor of Bedlington was a dog named “Old Flint”, whelped in 1782 and owned by “Squire Trevelyan.” Originally, the breed was known as the “Rothbury” or “Rodbery Terrier.” This name derived from a famous bitch brought from Staffordshire by a company of nail makers who settled in Rothbury. The Terriers of this section were accustomed to rodent hunting underground, and worked with packs of foxhounds kept there at the time. It is suggested that the Bedlington may well have made its way to Ireland and played a part in the early development of the Kerry Blue Terrier. The first Bedlington Terrier club was formed in 1877. The Bedlington Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1948. Ch. Femars’ Cable Car, descendant of Ch. Rock Ridge Night Rocket winner of best-in-show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1948, was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in the February 8, 1960 edition. Appearance: The Bedlington Terrier is often described as having the look of a lamb with the heart of the lion, partly due to their linty-textured coat which is trimmed in a “lamb-like” cut. These dogs come in blue, liver and sandy coloration, all three of which can come with or without tan points. The breed possesses the greying gene (located on the G locus) which is a dominant trait, causing the coat color to change from their birth colors of Black (in blues) or Dark Brown (in sandies and livers) to a silvery (for blues) or mauve (for livers and sandies) color on their bodies with a lighter colored topknot and legs. This breed has a wedge-shaped head with piercing almond-shaped eyes. Its body shape is different from most terriers in terms of construction, resembling a sighthound more than a typical terrier, which enables these dogs to gallop at great speed. However, the front assemblies of these dogs (shoulders, upper arms and front legs) are constructed differently from any other breed in that, the front legs are closer together at the feet than at the elbows – creating a triangular shape when viewed from the front. This enables them to turn or pivot quickly when chasing quarry at high speed, as well as get into the tight underground dens of their prey. Data refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedlington_Terrier Bedlington Terrie Dog Club Bedlington Terrier Club of America – Show news, list of upcoming events, breeders directory, and links. Bedlington Terrier Breed Standard – Official description of the breed as provided by the American Kennel Club (AKC). National Bedlington Terrier Club – News, events calendar, guidance for judges, information for owners, show results, and a list of breeders. United Kingdom. Bedlington Terrier Rescue – Details of rescue and adoption service plus contact information. United States.
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