While easy to house train, their natural hunting instincts make them excel at all sorts of dog sports and the required exercise to keep them fit and active. The Bedlington has a mild and gentle temperament and is neither fussy nor mischievous. The breed is an energetic playmate for children but not overly rambunctious. Regular playtime and walks will keep the Bedlington fit and in high spirits.
Did You Know?
The "gypsy dog" came to the attention of Lord Rothbury of the town of Bedlington in Northumberland County. He became such an enthusiast of the little dog that the breed became known as Rothbury's Terrier (or Rothbury’s Lamb)
Joseph Ainsley of Bedlington owned the first dog known to be called a Bedlington Terrier.
It shares certain similarities, and therefore possibly common ancestry, with the Dandie Dinmont, Kerry Blue, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. Its arched back hints that the Whippet may have also been used to add speed and litheness to the breed’s performance ability.
The breed was originally bred in England for hunting.
The first dog to be called a "Bedlington Terrier" was whelped in 1825. The dog was Ainsley’s Piper, who started to hunt at 8 months and continued to bring down the most ferocious of otters and badgers even in his blind and toothless old age.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Blue & Tan||044|
|Liver & Tan||124|
|Sandy & Tan||539|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|