Bedlington Terriers

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The Bedlington Terrier originated in the Bedlington Mining Shire of Northumberland, England, during the early 1800s. The true ancestry of the Bedlington Terrier is unknown, but the breed is believed to be made up of some combination of the Rothberry Terrier, Otterhound, Whippet, Kerry Blue Terrier and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.

The Bedlington Terrier was developed to hunt vermin, rabbits, fox and other animals. Their coal miner owners would also race them against the Whippet.
Agile and graceful, with a lightness of movement and a springy gait, the Bedlington Terrier needs access to a safe area where he can play and dodge and gallop at the breathtaking speeds clearly suggested by his lithe build.
Once outdoors and aroused, he changes from docile couch potato to dauntless explorer.
Bedlington Terriers are generally peaceful with other pets, though some can be scrappy with strange dogs. With his terrier heritage, one should expect that running animals will be chased.
If you want a dog who...
  • Is conveniently-sized – not too small and definitely not fragile
  • Is unusual-looking – a distinctive "little lamb" appearance
  • Is fast, agile, and graceful, with a light, springy gait
  • Is not a heavy shedder
The Bedlington Terrier has a curly, wooly coat that can make them appear more like a lamb than a dog. The Bedlington Terrier does not shed much, but requires a weekly brushing and regular trips to the groomer every six to eight weeks for a trim.

If you don't want to deal with...

  • The dynamic terrier temperament (see full description below)
  • Providing enough exercise and activities to keep them busy
  • Potential aggression toward other animals – chasing instincts
  • Stubbornness
  • Digging holes
The Bedlington Terrier has a stubborn streak, but is generally obedient. The Bedlington Terrier responds best to a firm, confident leader and lots of praise.

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