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Bedlington Terrier by BarbBarcikKeith

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19×24 colored pencil. Original unavailable and residing in the UK.

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CHALLENGES: Canine Art – Terrier Drawing – Top 10;
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Appearance The Bedlington Terrier is often described as looking like a lamb on a leash, probably because it has non-shedding fur with a woolly texture. These dogs may be blue, sandy, or liver, and can be solid colours or have tan markings. These become paler as the dog grows older.

This breed has a wedge-shaped head with sparkling eyes. Although it looks meek when reclining on the couch, the Bedlington Terrier is argumentative and every inch a terrier when aroused. Its body shape, however, is unusual for a terrier, being somewhat like a Greyhound or Whippet in construction, which enables it to gallop at great speed. However, the front legs are constructed differently from those quick hounds in that the front legs are closer together at the feet than at the elbows. This enables a Bedlington Terrier to turn or pivot quickly when chasing quarry at high speed. At a trot, the Bedlington moves with a ‘mincing’ gait, picking its feet up in what appears to be a dainty manner.

Bedlington Terriers are groomed with patches of fur on their heads and ears. This practice is thought to have originated when the Bedlington was used to hunt rats. The rats, trying to escape, would claw at the dog’s ears or head and become entangled in fur instead.
Temperament These do-all dogs were able to do almost anything asked of them, if in classic terrier manner. Bedlingtons would have to be able hold its own when pitted in dog fighting contests and was particularly well known to fight to the death when set upon. In addition, it was fast enough to bay a badger or a fox and was a first-rate water dog. Said to have the face of a lamb and the heart of a lion! Health
Mortality Median longevity of Bedlington Terriers, based on two recent UK surveys, is about 13.5 years, 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%). The leading “hepatic” cause of death was copper toxicosis. Dogs that died of liver diseases usually died at a younger age than dogs dying of most other causes.
Morbidity Bedlington Terrier owners in the UK reported that the most common health issues among living dogs were reproductive (primarily of concern to breeders), heart murmur, and eye problems such as epiphora and cataracts. Copper toxicosis occurred among about 5% of living dogs.
Copper Toxicosis; Copper Storage Disease
Bedlington Terriers have an unusually high incidence of copper toxicosis, an inherited autosomal recessive disease, characterized by accumulation of excess copper in the liver. There is no DNA test for the defective allele. The disease is diagnosed with a liver biopsy. (information from Wikipedia)

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  • Mia1
    Mia1over 6 years ago

    awh….. This is Beautiful. Awesome work. Love it.

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago


  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 6 years ago

    Your detail to the different breeds is amazing.

  • Scott Ruhs
    Scott Ruhsover 6 years ago

    Wow! Very interesting looking dog. On the head shot looks like a sheep with a haircut gone wrong lol :) The artwork is spectacular as usual!

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago


  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichover 6 years ago
    Beautiful drawings Barbara! Very nice line and detail.
  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 6 years ago

    Hey! Bingo, Barb. You got to a dog that was invented right here in Bedlington (Northumberland). Did I say invented – well OK, Bedlington is renowned for coming up with new innovations. like the very first railway tracks in the world etc. so I guess we ‘invented’ a new dog breed. I designed our school badge with a Bedlington as one of the icons and a neighbour had several of that breed for years. I never heard one make any noise and they were loving and intelegent.
    Beautiful drawing again Barb.

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 6 years ago

    Your work is awesome!

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Another beautiful capture Barb…….

  • JacquieDuncan
    JacquieDuncanover 4 years ago

    OMG that was a blast from the past….we had one of these little dogs when I was growing up….your work is absolutely Amazing!

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