Bedlington Terrier Dog Breed

This breed is loyal and makes for a great watchdog.
By: PawCulture Editors
Bedlington Terrier stopping to smell the flowers while being led around the neighborhood.

About the Bedlington Terrier Dog Breed

The Bedlington Terrier was bred in England in the 19th century to hunt badgers and foxes as well as for the brutal sport of dog fighting. Graceful and lithe, the Bedlignton Terrier is regarded by some as one of the softer terriers in terms of temperament, feel and look.

Bedlington Terrier Physical Characteristics

The Bedlington Terrier is a medium-sized dog with small black eyes, long dropped ears and skinny tails. It often said to look more like a lamb than a dog.


The Bedlington Terrier is be blue, liver, blue and tan, or liver and tan. 


The Bedlington Terrier has a wooly curly coat.

Bedlington Terrier Personality and Temperament

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The Bedlington Terrier is loyal and makes for a great watchdog.

Things to Consider

The Bedlington Terrier can become aggressive with other dogs and requires regular grooming. In addition, though it can be considered a family pet, the Bedlington Terrier adapts best to homes with older children.

Bedlington Terrier Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Bedlington Terrier fares well in the city or country. 

Special Requirements

The Bedlington Terrier requires daily exercise.

Bedlington Terrier Health

Copper toxicosis is a condition commonly seen in Bedlington Terriers.

Bedlington Terrier History and Background

The Bedlington Terrier, an extraordinary variety of the terrier group, is an English breed, originating in Northumberland’s Hanny Hills. Even though the exact origin is not known, it is speculated that the late 18th century saw the development of a variety of game terriers called Rothbury Terriers.

Joseph Ainsley of Bedlington Town interbred two Rothbury Terriers in 1825 and named the offspring the Bedlington Terrier. There was occasional crossbreeding with other strains including the Whippet for pace and Dandie Dinmont Terrier for a better coat, but these crosses were not documented. Some breed historians even believe that these crosses never happened. Nonetheless, the result of interbreeding resulted in a sprightly game terrier that could chase otters, badgers, foxes, rabbits and rats.

The Bedlington Terrier gained popularity as a show dog in the late 19th century. And although dog fanciers first favored the dog’s lamb-like appearance, the difficulties of trimming the coat quickly diminished the demand of the breed. With the availability of better grooming tools, however, the breed later regained its previous acclaim.