Bedlington Terrier

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Bedlington Terrier

The word lamblike describes the Bedlington’s appearance but not its personality. Once known as the Rothbury Terrier, this breed was developed in the north of England during the 1820s to be an all-purpose terrier: A dog that could swim down an otter, course a rabbit and fight in the pit. Despite its pampered appearance, the Bedlington was a rough customer indeed until breed fanciers embraced its interests. They stylized its appearance, improved its manners and turned the Bedlington into one of the most elegant of the terrier breeds.

Standing about 16.5 inches at the shoulder, the Bedlington fits well into most living quarters. The Bedlington’s non-shedding coat, of a texture described as linty, makes the breed a good choice for people who suffer from allergies, but it does take time and scissoring skill to maintain the lamblike look. The color may be blue, sandy or liver, with or without tan markings, with the lighter shade of gray-blue most commonly seen.

Bedlingtons are moderately active and will enjoy a good walk or playtime two or three times a day. They have the terrier’s quick, independent mind, so training sessions should be short but frequent. The breed is good with older children and makes an excellent watchdog.

Breed Details


Terrier Group

Country of Origin:



Small Dog Breed


Blue, sandy or liver, with or without tan markings.


Non-shedding, soft, but firm with a tendancy to curl.


Brush weekly. Trim regularly.

Life Expectancy:

15 to 17 years

AKC Group:

Terrier Group

UKC Group:



15.5 to 17.5 inches


17 to 23 pounds

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