The Bedlington Terrier: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dog That Everyone Adores

One of the most unusual members of the terrier group is the Bedlington Terrier. This breed comes from England, hailing from the Hanny Hills of Northumberland. The exact origin is obscure, but in the late eighteenth century a strain of game terriers was developed that became known as Rothbury Terriers. In 1825, Joseph Ainsley of the town of Bedlington bred two of his Rothbury Terriers and christened their offspring a Bedlington Terrier. Occasional crosses to other breeds arguably included the Whippet (for speed) and Dandie Dinmont Terrier (for coat), but no documented evidence of such crosses exist, and some breed historians assert that such crosses were never made. Whatever the process, the result was an agile, effective game terrier.

Bedlington Terrier Dog Breed Information

Photo: Shutterstock.com Appearance: The body of the Bedlington Terrier is compact and muscular with a square shoulder and a wide back. The legs are powerful and the feet are white. The head is broad and blunt with a tall, rigid crest and a short muzzle. The undercoat is glossy, and the hair on the head, chest, and legs is soft and fine, often covering the ears entirely. The tail is erect, straight, and well keeled. The large, wrinkled pads of the feet resemble duck feathers and enable the Bedlington Terrier to grip along rough, rocky terrain, which the breed requires for hunting. The only other breed to have similar unusual features is the Dalmatian. Temperament: The Bedlington Terrier is one of the most affectionate and intelligent terriers.

What Kind of Temperament Does The Bedlington Terrier Have?

Although a very hardy dog breed, with a strong need to be outdoors in all weather, many Bedlingtons have a rather headstrong and stubborn nature. This temperament is often said to be a Bedlington Terrier’s sole flaw, as it leads the dog owners to regard the breed with extreme caution. However, the Bedlington Terrier does not have a tremendous amount of fear, and when other breeds are present, the Bedlington Terrier often leads the charge in defending his owner or his territory against more fearful dogs. This dog will fight if necessary, and his owners can expect to get into numerous scrapes throughout their dog’s life, but if a Bedlington Terrier is given proper training and is handled carefully, the breed is capable of proving its worth as a working dog.

What Should I Feed My Bedlington Terrier?

Good nutrition is vital for the health and well-being of your Bedlington Terrier, but be prepared for some changes. The breed is a genetic throwback to the old British game terrier and has a fairly limited life span, so it is important to keep an eye on the numbers of calories your pup is consuming. As you should be feeding a dog twice as much as it needs, the puppy will need double the nutrients. A small cup of food twice a day, plus a 2.5-ounce bowl of wet food three times a day is typical for a healthy pup of this breed. How Many Licks Can Your Bedlington Terrier Give You? While they may look delicate, Bedlingtons are athletic, intelligent and lively dogs. They tend to give generous licks and generally are not hesitant to share a snuggle or play with other dogs or people.

How Much Grooming Does The Bedlington Terrier Need?

The Bedlington Terrier is a quick and agile dog. It is not a breed for someone who wants a low-maintenance pet. The breed standard demands that the Bedlington Terrier be groomed on a regular basis. In general, it is a heavy-coated, short-haired dog. Grooming time can be quite extensive, and some degree of maintenance must be continued. When grooming a Bedlington, it is important to be thorough. How Much Exercise Is the Bedlington Terrier Recommended? The Bedlington Terrier needs a lot of exercise, both in terms of the number of daily exercise sessions as well as intensity of physical exercise. The requirements in regard to exercise are listed in the standard.

Is The Bedlington Terrier Easy To Train?

It depends. Since the Bedlington Terrier is a calm dog, training should be a calm process. It will help to get a dog that is familiar with your voice, and familiar with your body language, so it can learn to recognize your commands. At the same time, it is important to remember that even though the Bedlington Terrier is a laid-back dog, it is not a pushover. Its greatest asset is its gentleness, but it is also very strong. Most Bedlington Terriers are friendly and eager to please, but they also demand obedience. For the average terrier, obedience will take little to no effort, but it can be a chore for a dog used to some degree of independent action.

What Health Issues Does The Bedlington Terrier Have?

The Bedlington Terrier is a small dog that has a slightly smaller skull and larger paws. This dog is hardy and has many health issues that are common to terriers in general. It is also more susceptible to various infectious diseases than many other breeds. The most common of these is rabies. The Bedlington Terrier is known for being rabid and this has prevented many people from adopting this breed. Despite the many health issues, the Bedlington Terrier’s loyal and affectionate personality and beauty makes it an attractive choice for many dog owners. The Bedlington Terrier Breeds and Color Scheme There are currently six breeds of Bedlington Terrier recognized by the AKC.

What Is The History of The Bedlington Terrier?

Possibly the best known breeder of the Bedlington Terrier is Robin Dobson, from Bedlington, England. He and his wife Jean founded the Bedlington Terrier Club in 1985, and during the 1990s he used his influence to promote the breed through the United Kingdom Kennel Club and the World Bedlington Terrier Club. He had a happy time promoting the breed, but eventually he lost interest and sold his Bedlington Terrier Club’s main premises. In 1999, Robin Dobson passed away, and the Bedlington Terrier Club disbanded. Many breeders turned to breeders in America and even the United States. Many dogs registered in the United States were actually born in England, and if they were registered they were also American Bedlington Terriers.

What Is The Breed Standard of The Bedlington Terrier?

The Bedlington Terrier is a compact terrier with a blunt muzzle and medium-length, straight hair. The two most distinctive features are a deep chest and a shorter face than that of most terriers. The chest should be two and a half to three inches below the navel and the face should be clean, clear, and bright. The ears should be erect and point straight forward at the tip. The Bedlington Terrier has a strong, muscular body, a short, compact legs, and a small, compact head.