The rather manicured appearance of this dog breed belies a true terrier temperament. Its origins date back to the 1820s when Joseph Ainsley began the development of these terriers, naming them after the town in Northumbria, England, where he was living. Subsequent cross involving Whippets gave the emerging breed a more streamlined appearance, with the sloping or ‘roach’ back still being evident in Bedlington Terriers today. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was also used during its evolution, and is credited with contributing the characteristic top-knot of the breed.
Origins: Northumbria, England
Coat Type/Colour: Curly; Blue/Liver
Height: 16 Inch (40.5 cm)
Weight: 18 – 23 lb (8.2 – 10.4 kg)
Nature: Active; Playful; can be disagreeable with other dogs
The Bedlington dog breed has been used to hunt rats, its pace also proving useful against other animals, especially rabbits and hares. Their natural intelligence, coupled with a willingness to swim if necessary, meant that these terriers were popular companions for poachers. The tenacious nature of the Bedlington was also utilized in dog-fighting circles.
The coat of the Bedlington Terrier does not moult like that of most breeds, and so regular daily combing is needed to remove dead hairs. Trimming will also be necessary on occasion, to prevent the coat from becoming tangled while, for exhibition purposes, scissoring by hand is required, rather than stripping as with other terriers.
Bedlingtons are active dogs and quite playful, but they may not always agree with other dogs. They generally become a loyal, attectionate member of a family, however, and are quite patient with children, although this obviously depends to some extent on the individual dog. Bedlington Terriers are relatively easy to train.