Meet the Bedlington Terrier!

The charming, bright and alert Bedlington Terrier is now also part of our Breed Archive platform.

The first mention of the Bedlington Terrier or, as it was then called, the Rothbury Terrier, dates back to 1825, but the pedigrees of some dogs can be traced back to 1782.

The origins of the breed are much debated, but it might relate to breeds as diverse as the Bull Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Whippet, Otterhound, and Poodle.

The breed originated a long time ago when local farmers and miners in the Northumberland region of England needed a versatile breed to course, track and dispatch small game, predators and rodents.

The linty coat and distinctive arched loin of the Bedlington Terrier and his long and pear-shaped head give him a lamb-like appearance. This breed is completely non-shedding, so they must be groomed and clipped regularly.

The Bedlington Terrier is mild in repose but full of courage with true terrier spirit when aroused. Their happy temperaments and amazing intelligence make them a joy to own, but these versatile dogs need to be trained.