History and Origin: Pedigrees can be traced back to the 1700’s. Probably related to the Dandie Dinmont, Whippet and Otterhound. Developed in the mining town of Bedlington Northumberland , in England. In this area, there were many different terrier types and all were referred to as Rothbury terriers. In order to develop an efficient rodent killer, a hunter and also a devoted companion, these terriers were crossed to get the best of all worlds in one breed. The Bedlington was accepted by AKC in 1889.
General Appearance: Small, graceful, lithe and very flexible breed. One of the longer legged terriers, with a unique bodily outline. The back should be roached (curved upward in an arc) and the loin markedly arched. The bodily underline is tucked up. Slightly longer body than tall. Ears are drop, hanging close to cheek, eyes are almond shaped. . Depending on coat colour, large nose may be black or brown, and eyes may also be different shades. Tail is long. This breed often referred to as being lamb like in appearance. Size: Males 16 ½ inches at shoulder. Females 15 ½ inches at shoulder. Weight: 17-23 pound.
Coat and Colour: Coat is dense, a mixture of hard and soft hair and rather linty feeling. Never wiry. Crisp with tendency to curl and standing out from skin. Colours are Blue, sandy and liver with or without tan markings. Profuse topknot from top of head to nose. Ears may have a small silky tassel at the tip. This breed will require regular brushing to avoid mats. Breed often has seasonal allergies which may affect the coat. Non shedding. No doggy odour.
Feeding: A good quality kibble or raw fed once or twice daily.
Training: This breed can do extremely well in a variety of dog sports. Can be somewhat stubborn . As a sensitive breed, training is to be fair without harsh methods. Obedience, agility, rally, barn hunt, earth dog tests, sprinter and coursing are all performance areas where the Bedlington Terrier can excel.
Activity: loves to run and has a great deal of endurance. Very energetic. Good breed for cyclists, joggers and hikers. Does like to dig. Not a compulsive barker.
Temperament: Sweet and gentle. Affectionate. Good with kids. Intelligent. Excellent family companion. After a good walk or run will settle nicely at home.