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Bedlington Terrier


Bedlington Terrier



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Originating in the north of England where the Bedlington Terrier was said to be favoured by the Gypsies, they were used as game hunters. It has been claimed that the Bedlington was originally known as the Rothbury or Northumberland Terrier and was probably developed from the crossing of Otter Hounds with Dandie Dinmont Terriers. In the early 1800s, breeders from the English village of Bedlington (hence the name) introduced Whippet bloodlines to increase the breed's speed and the whippet/terrier cross we know today was created. They were later used down in the mines of Bedlington, as ratters, pit fighters and game sporting companions.



What a wonderful family dog the Bedlington Terrier makes with its affectionate, responsive and social nature. This dog is equally happy having an energetic game with children or curled up on the chair in front of the TV.  The lover of all people this intelligent and friendly dog will tolerate other family pets and are excellent with children and older people making them the ideal family pet.  As they love to play games, run and chase it is advisable to always walk them on a lead except in safe off lead areas.  Sometimes displaying jealousy and protectiveness these normally non-aggressive dogs will fight strongly if roused.



Height: 38-43cm  (15-17in)

Weight:  8-10kg   (18-23lbs)

Group: Terriers

These medium dogs are similar in size to a Fox Terrier with a curly coat when trimmed looks like shorn lambs. The graceful Bedlington possesses speed, agility and a light springy action and unlike most Terriers, which have round feet, these dogs have long, well padded, hare-like feet.  This dog comes in the colours of blue, liver, blue and tan but puppies are born black or dark brown. There are also the very rare sandy and tan varieties.



This dog's wonderful, woolly coat sheds very little and is considered very low allergy. Their coat needs to be brushed every couple of days especially to remove any dead hair as the Bedlington does not naturally shed its coat.  It is also recommended that this dog is not bathed too often as its coat will become lank.   Nails should be clipped and ears need to be cleaned and kept free from hair, and dirt and mucus should be removed from the corners of the eyes. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming salon provides these services.


Life Expectancy

10-12 Years


Health Concerns

They may have an inherited liver problem known as Copper Toxicosis where the dog stores copper, mainly in their liver, to toxic levels and even though an affected animal can live normally. Any stressful situation may trigger symptoms, leading to severe illness and even death. There is also an incidence of eye problems such as cataracts and retinal disease.



The Bedlington Terrier doesnÂ’t have a strong doggy odour making is very suitable for indoors and because they are a very clean dog they are also easy to train for indoor living. The lover of all people this intelligent and friendly dog will tolerate other family pets and are excellent with children and older people making them the ideal family pet. These very active dogs require at least two daily walks, especially if kept in a small area and need to have securely fenced backyards because these dogs are likely to break through any hole they can fit their head through.


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