Bedlington Terriers are unusual looking with a "distinctive lamb like appearance.  They are elegant and graceful terriers , named for the English mining shire where they were first bred.  I always say they are  the "private school" dogs of the Terrier ring.  They are very alert watchdogs, protective over their families and make super hot water bottles in winter.

Wikipedia describes them as follows:

It is described as a very versatile yet contradictory dog, being both good with children and "fit to kill any other dog of his weight". They have powerful swimming skills, comparable to those of water dogs such as the Newfoundland, and are noted for being very quick and having high endurance. Bedlingtons are noted for their similarity in appearance to lambs. The dogs have blue, liver or sandy colouration, all three of which may have tan points. Their fur forms a distinctive top knot on the dog's head. It is non-shedding and with minimal odoor but needs weekly grooming to remove dead hair. 

Originally known as the Rothbury or Rodbury Terrier, the name Bedlington Terrier was not applied to the breed until 1825, but some dogs have pedigrees that can be traced back as far as 1782. The first dog show with a class for Bedlington Terriers was held in 1870 at Bedlington. Bedlington Terriers shown at early shows were frequently dyed to improve the look of their fur. In 1948, a Bedlington Terrier known as Rock Ridge Night Rocket won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.


Even though they do not look like a typical terrier, they are 100% terrier.  Sassy, strong willed, stubborn, agile, brave and always alert.  They are everything you'd expect from a terrier breed. Lively, bossy, scrappy, feisty and independant.  They love people, but will be quick to let everyone in the vicinity know when a stranger arrives. They 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.

Activity Requirements 

They require moderate exercise and have been known to tailor their activity level to that of their owner. Older people can raise an active, happy Bedlington just by taking daily walks just as a young person who brings their Bedlington on jogs can, too. Apartment living is OK for the Bedlington, so long as daily walks are part of his schedule. 

Bedlington Terriers enjoy playing with children however children should be cautioned not to play too roughly with this breed, as they won't hesitate to nip or bite when pushed too far. 


As with most terriers, training a Bedlington can be a challenge. They like to do things in their own way, and don't appreciate being told what to do. For this reason, treat training and using lots of positive reinforcement works best. That way, he thinks that learning new behaviors actually benefits him, rather than you.    They should not be handled harshly or jerked around, nor do they like to be teased.


The video below is courtesy of Nina Blaser:  YouTube