At first glance, the Bedlington Terrier resembles a lamb (it’s literally a dog in sheep’s clothing). The distinctive coat, arched back, velvety tasseled ears, and fleecy, slender head are identifying features of this one-of-a-kind breed.

Size: 8-10KG, 38-43cm (small breed)
Grooming: Time-consuming
Colors: Liver, Blue, Sandy, White.

Breed History

The Bedlington Terrier AKA Rothbury Terrier was first shown in 1870, they most likely descended from athletic terrier bred around Rothbury in Northumberland, England. Although this breed was originally bred to hunt rabbits and hares, the Bedlington Terrier has since been used in dog racing and numerous dog sports. They have one of the longest life expectancies of all dogs (a median of 14 years).

The Personality of the Bedlington Terrier

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC); the breed is 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 too rough. The breed was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885.


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