a nice familydog, who
don’t moult. The
typical Bedlington of to day are a kind, amusing, lovely,
faithful and devoted dog, does not need much room, relatively
easy to take care of and not to difficult to handle. They are
quick-learner, quite easy to raise and soon find its place in
the family. Their pleacement, nice and open behavement, which
is typical of today's Bedlington, are of newer date, and
breeded through the last 40 - 50 years.
Both in name and history they are a terrier, but also
with common stamp to the greyhound. That you can see both in
outlines and elasticity, and one thing they have almost quite
alone , they almost don’t bark. A
Bedlington like long walks, but
also find a great pleacement in soft pillow and carpet. The
Bedlington terrier belongs to the more rare breed. Today it's
not more than about 150 in Norway.
they have growed more, usually about 50 registrated every year.
fight- and racing-dog
History of breed goes back more than 200 year, back to a
famous workingterrier called Trevelyns Old Flint. This dog are
probably related to booth Bedlington terrier, Dandy Dinmont terrier
and possibly also Border terrier. Rothbury terrier was the name
of these effective huntingdogs. The first dog to be called
Bedlington terrier was born in 1825 in the
little town Bedlington in North- England.
The Bedlington terrier was, first of all, the dog of the
working people. They needed a dog who could keep the rats and
mouse away, and help to get the Sunday dinner , like rabbits or
hare. They were also used in hunting for fox, badger and otter.
Dogfighting and, later
on, dog-racing was popular activities, and breeded with both
Bull terrier and later on small greyhound, the Bedlington made
it, both hunting, fighting and racing. The breed was also used
as retrievering-"waterdog", and we presume that
otterhound was breeded in. The poor working people couldn’t
afford to have a dog for each object,
it was therefore important to breed through a dog who could
manage all of it ,and the Bedlington did. The first Bedlington
in Scandinavia, was imported around 1900. They were bought by
the Danish government to get rid of the rats. Several times the
Bedlington have been used to strength up the huntingeager in
other breed, to day they are still used in mix to produce
"lurchere" (Lurchere are effective huntingdogs,
popular in England - usually a mix of terrier/greyhound or
terrier - can it be used for something?
First of all the today's Bedlington terrier are a lovely
pet and companion, but are also well in hobby-activities as
agility and obedience. With their fast and smooth body they can
be good agilitydogs, if you just take care of the hair in front
of the eyes. In obedience there has been entering some
Bedlington both in England and USA, and there are several who
have got their obidiencechamp.
In our country
there was a Bedlington on the Gera-list through 6 year,
1981-1986. (NKK- list of the 10th. most winning obedience
In this country we don't have
"schutzhund"-competitions for civilian, but in
Austria and Germany there are several that compete with
Bedlington in "schutz", and they have showed that
they can make it on top also in higher class.
As hunting - and tracker dog they can be used too. The
last year there are imported a couple of dogs from England
after parents used on harehunting.
A typical huntingscene.
From the standard.
Bedlington terrier shall be a gracious, smooth, muscular dog, built
for speed. There shall not be any sign of nighter weakness or
coarseness. The head shall be pear-formed and the expression
shall, when in calm situation be mild and gentle. When the dog
are in affect the eyes shall sparkle and give the impression of
a dog full of temper and courage. The topline shall be carped
and breast deep. The Bedlington terrier are acceptable of high
speed, and should look like it. In slower speed the movement
are light and elastic.
shall be thick and linty, but not rough. It stands out from the
body, have a tendency of twisting .Color are blue, blue and
tan, liver or sandy. Height about 41cm, and weight about 8 - 10 kg.
great advantage with having a Bedlington, they don’t moult. As opposed to the most other terriers, which has
to be trimmed, the Bedlington shall be clipped. This you have
to do at least four times a year. If you are handy and have a
bit sence of lines, this is not a big deal, at least not for
everyday .The coat had to be brushed or combed at least ones a
week. Now and then you had to take out the hear in the ears,
for to get some air into it.
it's not moulting it could be a alternative to allergic, who
stand the "ordinary"
dogcoat. Of cause, you have to check out first, before you buy
a Bedlington, if you are allergic to this specific breed.
Breed in homeland -
In England today, it's a big different in the breed,
more than usually by us. In certain area there have been a
great deal of displeasure, because of what have happened to the
breed since it was discovered as a show - and petdog. Among
others, it's the way to trim the coat, till the dog looks like
a lamb, and the change of coatstructure, from being "hard,
rough and waterproof" till today's standard: the coat
shall not be rough .There are several Club's in England there
work for taken care of the breed. The last one as late as in
1978, They will keep the pre-war "working Bedlington"
and the standard from 1934. The members use their dogs in
different kinds of hunting. In some shows in England they have
their own class for "working Bedlington", dogs which
are used on practical hunt.
Breed in Norway.
The 5 first Bedlington who came to Norway, was imported
from Denmark in 1917. Then it takes 20 years before a litter
was registrated here, a mated bitch from England. Next import
in 1947, again from Denmark. It was'nt’t before the
50th. and 60th. the breed really became popular. In 1965 there was 82 Bedlington
registrated, which is the highest ever in this country. At this
time 20-30 bedlington was entered in show, the breed was often
to see in the group. In 1969 Stanolly Star Gem, won the
"Bear-statue", the highest price given by NKK, given
to the prettiest dog through the year.
Except for Danish and English import, there have been
imports from Sweden, Finland, Holland, USA, Russia and Germany,
they have together became the Bedlington of today. The last 20
years, Bedlington have been more rear, in 1980-1990 there where
not more than about 10 a year, registrated.
Clip from Ken Bounden's book:
In 1917 Bedlingtons were shown in Norway for the first
time. The five dogs were all Danich imports. Twenty years
passed until Bedlingtons were registrated again in Norway. In
1937 Elsa Amundsen, kennel av Haga, inported Rosette of
Wrinstone and Vicarage Suprime from England. Supreme had been
mated to Welldon Wataboy, and this was the first Norwegian
litter. Breeder Gunvor Sitje, kennel St Rocca, imported two
Danish dogs, Bordugs Bine in 1947 and Vestkystens Lux in 1950.
From England she bought Blue Crocus of Manaton. An English
male, Foggyfurze Tosca, was imported 1956 by Claudia Carlsen.
Tosca became a much used stud dog in Scandinavia. Lill Asp
imported Stanolly Star Gem, which became Dog of the Year in
IN 1968 Erling Strandheim, kennel Blue Light, inmported
Stanolly Star Attrachtion, a dog with great influence on the
breed in Norway. Stanolly Singing Star, Lieberlamb Lady Gay,
Charm Ullien fraom Germany and the Swedish Blå Skuggans Agent
in Blue are other dogs imported by this kennel. The kennel is
now owned by Eva Oldmark. Besides kennel Blue Light.
Eli Fjeld. with the kennel Borsali'no, has been the most
importent breeder the last decades. She started with Blue
Light-dogs, and has also imported some dogs, among them Top
Crystal Deianeira from Sweden, and the English Granitor Bramble
and Granitor Mystique. She has worked hard to produce dogs free
from copper toxicosis.
Two Norwegian Champions and
littermates pictured at one year of age:
Borsali'nos Perito owned by
Mona and Benedickte Fjeld, and Borsali'nos Paloma owned by Berit
From a puppy to a
grown up Bedlington
Optima, 7 weeks
Tina, about 8 months
Borsali'nos Perito, 24 months Nuch
Borsali'nos Macho, 3 years.
Nuch Granitor's Bramble 5 years
Memories from 1975
Stanley and Cliff"