Bedlington Terrier Dog Breed Profile

by Dr. Chris

AKC Group: Terrier Group

The Bedlington Terrier must be trained to be obedient and non-aggressive. It must learn socialization skills early to be a really good pet. Don't miss the opportunity to bond with the dog when playing, exercising, training and grooming. You will be happy you did and so will the dog.


The Bedlington Terrier was once referred to as the "Gypsy Dog" to those involved in the hunting of illegal game. Aside from its value for poachers it was prized for its ferocity for fighting badgers, foxes and illegal dog fighting. The most common progenitor of the dog was owned by an itinerant group of Gypsy blacksmiths near Rothbury in Northumberland, England. But under the wing of professional breeders the breed was crossed with probably a Whippet. It became registered and was exhibited in 1877.

Physical Features

The Bedlington Terrier is a graceful, medium sized dog which stands about 16-17 inches tall and weighs about 17-23 pounds. It has a loveable nature and a curling dense coat which somewhat resembles a lamb; but it is a muscular dog. The coat is sometimes patched in two colors such as blue/tan, liver/tan and sandy/tan. Other colors include liver or blue. When born, the puppies may appear white; this will change. The head is thin but deep, rounded, shorter in the skull than the jaw. It also has a large topknot that is lighter than the body color, highest at the tiara and narrowing off to the back of the snout. The eyes are almond shaped and small. The ears are triangular in shape.


The Bedlington can have a tendency to want to dominate. It is independent. Very playful and cheerful. It will learn how to play. Needs and craves companionship. It is a very loyal dog. It is a good watch dog, and seems to have an inbred desire toward being one.

Common Health Problems

Copper toxicosis (a buildup of copper in the liver); Renal Cortical Hypoplasia; Renal dysplasia.

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