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Bedlington Terrier


Bedlington Terrier Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 15.5" - 16.5" (39.4 - 41.9cm)
  • Weight
  • 17 - 23lbs (7.7 - 10.4kg)
  • Lifespan
  • 10 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Fawn
    • Black
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog

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Alternate Names

The Bedlington Terrier is also known as Rothbury terrier.


The Bedlington Terrier is believed that this breed originated in Cumberland County in northern England.

Date Of Origin

Ainsley's Piper, the first dog to be called a "Bedlington Terrier" was whelped in 1825.


The Bedlington Terrier, first known as the Rothbury Terrier, was named after a small mining town in England where it was first used to hunt vermin, foxes, otters, and badgers.

Although no definitive records detailing what breeds played a part in developing the Bedlington Terrier, many historians believe it's ancestors included the Dandie Dinmont, Otter hound, and the Whippet. Its gracefully shaped body lends the Bedlington Terrier to great speed and endurance. The Bedlington Terrier was considered the most "game" terrier and best vermin killer by the local miners, who are credited with developing the breed.


The Bedlington Terrier has a vary lamb like appearance. This is a medium sized graceful dog. The head is narrow and rounded and the skull is shorter than the muzzle. There is a profuse topknot at the crown of the head, which tapers down the muzzle. The nose is black or brown depending on the color of the dog, and the eyes are small, dark and shiny. The natural drop ears are long with thin leather and are covered with hair that forms a tassel at the end. Its body is lightly muscled with long, hare-like feet and a long sickle-shaped tail. The coat is curly and short, a mix of hard and soft hair. It is blue, blue and tan, sandy, sandy and tan, liver or liver and tan.


The Bedlington is confident, intelligent and a keen hunter. He has an affectionate, dignified nature and is never shy or nervous. When at rest, the Bedlington Terrier is generally mild and gentle, but when alert it is courageous and full of energy. It is friendly toward people and sensitive to human emotions but can be weary of other dogs. If other dogs are present in the household, the Bedlington Terrier does best with the opposite sex.

Being a terrier, the Bedlington requires a moderate level of activity and will enjoy walks, playtime, or the opportunity to hunt for rodents in a well-fenced yard. The Bedlington Terrier is an instinctual hunter of small game, and if allowed to roam in an un-fenced area off-leash, will chase rabbits, squirrels, cats, rats, mice, and anything else that will provide a good chase.


The Bedlington Terrier was originally developed for the hunting of rats and small game in lairs or on open ground. Today, the Bedlington Terrier remains a companion and hunter. This breed is also an attentive and barking watchdog. The Bedlington Terrier is a very swift running breed.

Health Concerns

Possible health concerns for the Bedlington Terrier include copper toxicosis, juvenile cataracts, kidney desease, and PRA

Additional Information

Grooming the Bedlington Terrier requires special tools and the knowledge of a professional groomer, generally every 6 - 8 weeks to remain clean and in top form. Grooming costs can vary drastically, and should be calculated when considering this breed.

Bedlington Terriers often appear on lists of dogs that do not shed (molt), but this is misleading because there is no truly shed-less dog. Every hair in a dog's coat grows from a hair follicle - which has a cycle of growing, then dying and being replaced by another follicle. When the follicle dies, the hair is shed. The length of time of the growing and shedding cycle varies by breed, age, and by whether the dog lives indoor our outdoors.

The grooming of the Bedlington Terrier helps remove loose hair. The curl in the coat helps prevent dead hair and dander from escaping into the environment, as with the poodle's coat. The frequent brushing and bathing required to keep the Bedlington Terrier looking its best removes hair and dander and controls the other potent allergens. Although hair, dander, and saliva (left on the coat after self "cleaning") can be minimized, they are still present and can stick to clothes and the carpets and furnishings in your home. Inhaling these , or being licked by the dog, can trigger a reaction in a sensitive person.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The All Breed Dog Grooming Guide

Publisher: Aaronco, 2002

Website: http://www.aaroncopet.com

Author: Sam Kohl

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

1 Comment For "Bedlington Terrier"



i read 1780 would be the beggining of the beddlington breed

July 25, 2011 at 9:55AM  Sign In or Join to Comment