Do your dogs live in kennels ?
No, my dogs live in the house as part of the family, and my puppies are born and raised there.
Does the hair grow like that ?
No, it has to be trimmed, but on a correctly trimmed Bedlington the hair should look like it grows like that.
How often do I have to brush my Bedlington?
I strongly recommend brushing and combing a puppy every day to train him to accept it. Make it pleasant for him and don't pull on the hair, remember you are going to do this for the rest of his life. With an adult twice a week should be enough but that also depends on the length of coat and whether he has been through bushes or long grass. In which case he will need to be brushed as soon as he returns home to remove any seeds or tangles from his coat.
Is it very hard to do a Bedlington trim, could I learn to do it myself?
Yes you can learn how do trim your own Bedlington, if you have patience and a steady hand. I trim my own.
Do I need to worry about Copper Toxicosis?
If you buy your puppy from a registered breeder, the parents of your puppy will have been tested before he could be registered. It is generally agreed that as long as the parents have test results that say "linked marker gene result 1,1 not carrying the deletion" they are considered to be clear of the disease. This is now in doubt but as further mutation has been ideentified., but it is still recommended to DNA test. If both parents are clear your puppy should be too. Ask your breeder to tell you the latest information, we are fortunate that research is being carried out to find a definitive test.
My puppy is so sweet and lovable do I need to go to puppy training?
YES! I liken it to teaching a child good manners, unless they are shown how they won't know. Bedlingtons are sweet and lovable but they can also be stubborn and jealous if allowed to be and need to learn good manners. Training and praise brings out the best in your puppy. I suggest you ask whether the trainer is used to the nature of Bedlingtons before you start the classes as they are are not as boisterous as other breeds and can be intimidated when very young.
Should I get my puppy sterilised?
Unless you are a registered breeder with the ANKC please ive consideration to having your puppy sterilised, your breeder will advise the best time to have it done. I suggest 14-18 months as this is best for their muscular and skeletal development.Having them sterilised focuses their attention on you and takes away any risk of an unplanned pregnancy or wandering habits when hormones take over. It has been found that sterilisation for other reasons ie. unwanted behaviours is not necessarily the right thing to do. Breeding is not for the faint hearted, it is an expensive exercise and can result in the loss of mother and pups.