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Bedlington Terriers
Much Tougher Than They Look!

Bedlington Terriers were named after a mining town of the same name, in the north of England. Prior to that, they were known as the Rothbury Terrier, and were used to hunt a variety of small animals and game including rabbits, otters, foxes and weasels.

bedlington terrier standing in the grass
Courtesy K Arnold

They were also significantly used by the miners as ratters and they are still sometimes used for this task today.

Other historical information reveals that the gypsies trained this dog breed for poaching and the miners used them as pit fighters. Later on, they became popular companions to the nobility.

Development of the breed is thought to have been attained by crossing the Whippet, Dandy Dinmont, and the Otterhound. The Bedlington is easily recognizable by it unique lamb-like appearance. However, that is as far as the similarity goes, this dog being decidedly all terrier!

Personality and Traits:

The Bedlington is a confident and courageous dog, making him very suitable as a watchdog. The jobs they were called upon to handle in their early days, created a fearless and aggressive dog.

Over the years since that time, they have evolved into a much more mellow breed, though they would put up a very impressive fight if provoked by another dog, or the situation warranted.

Bedlingtons are intelligent and trainable. At the same time, they are also independent. Leadership should be established with firmness, but in a kind manner. Creative and short training periods seem to work best - giving them less opportunity to become obstinate.

The flip side of their nature, reveals an affectionate dog with a good heart. He enjoys companionship and doesn't mind a bit of cuddling in the least!

Appearance And Coat Care

Height: 15-17 inches
Weight: 17-23 lbs.
Color variations: Blue, Liver or Sandy, sometimes mixed with tan

The coat is a blend of both thick and soft hair. Shedding is minimal, but the coat does need frequent clipping to keep its distinct shape.

A professional groomer is your best bet, but you can learn to do this yourself if you want to cut costs.

If you are inclined to try grooming your BT at home, here's a video of how the professionals go about it that may provide some tips:

How To Groom A Bedlington Video

The Bedlington has a very unique haircut, especially when being readied for the show ring.

Activity Level

This terrier likes daily exercise and this will keep him more mellow and less inclined to become bored.

He also loves to romp outside so a yard is helpful.

Space Needs

A house with a yard would be the ideal environment, providing the Bedlington with another outlet for exercise and play.


The Bedlington Terrier is generally considered to be affectionate with children. However, our view is that they do best with children who are mature, gentle and considerate with of pets. As with any dog breed, adult supervision is always recommended whenever children and pets play together.

Bedlingtons with Seniors or the Less Active

Bedlington Terriers make affectionate pets and good watchdogs for empty-nesters or the less active families. The important thing is to be able to provide sufficient exercise in the form of daily walks and play time.

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