The Life of Animals | Bedlington Terrier | Calmer and less boisterous than many other Terriers, the Bedlington Terrier is known as a dog with a good nature and manners mild In Addition, it is fearless and fast enough to bay a Badger or a fox, quick and agile enough to course a hare and is a first-rate water dog. Like most dogs, if left alone with nothing to do They can Become destructive and need exercise; however, They make-good for small dogs like apartments homes as long as They get walks and attention. The coat has a Tendency to mat if not maintained properly. Dogs being prepared for the show ring Often have much hair left on them more than Those in "pet clips," which Provide pet owners with a more manageable trim for Their pets, while still maintaining the characteristic look of the breed lamb.
The breed is well suited for agility, earthdog, obedience and other performance events. Bedlington Terriers Often Appear on lists of dogs That do not shed (moult), but this is slightly misleading. Every hair in the dog coat from a hair follicle Grows, the which has a cycle of growing, then dying and being replaced by another follicle. The length of time of the growing and shedding cycle varies by breed, age, and by whether the dog is an inside or outside dog. "There is no such thing as a nonshedding breed The grooming of the Bedlington helps remove loose hair, and the curl in the coat helps Prevent dead hair and dander from escaping into the environment, as with the poodle's coat.
Median longevity of Bedlington Terriers, based on two recent UK surveys, is about 13.5 years, the which is longer than for purebred dogs in general and longer than most breeds similar in size. The longest-lived of 48 deceased dogs in a 2004 UK Kennel Club survey was 18.4 years Leading Causes of Death Among Bedlington Terriers in the UK were old age (23%), urologic (15%), and hepatic (12.5%).
Dogs That Died of liver diseases usually Died at a younger age than most other dogs dying of Causes. Bedlington Terriers had an unusually Historically high incidence of copper toxicosis, an autosomal recessive Inherited disease, characterized by accumulation of excess copper in the liver. Active disease (rather than inheritance) is diagnosed with a liver biopsy.