Bedlington Terrier.Rothbury Terrier. UK Dog Breeds

By Claudia Bensimoun

The Bedlington Terrier, also known as the Rothbury Terrier originated from the UK ,and belongs to both the UKC and AKC groups.




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The Bedlington Terrier is thought to have developed during the mid-nineteenth century in Cumberland County in northern England.This breed was first known as the Rothbury Terrier, and was renamed after a mining village in the UK, where these terriers were used to hunt rats, badgers, foxes, and otters.



Medium- sized sheep like appearance with a graceful gait.The Bedlington has a narrow and rounded head,with the skull being much shorter than the muzzle.This breed has either a brown or black nose, depending on the coloring of the dog and small, dark glistening eyes.Drop ears are covered in hair which form tassles at the end.Coat is curly and short and may be a combination of rough and soft hair.Coloring varies and may be sandy, sandy and tan, liver colored, blue and tan or liver and tan.


Height: 15.5 to 16.5 inches

Weight: 17 to 23 pounds


Temperament: The Bedlington Terrier has such a super disposition and is generally gentle and pleasant to be around.Nonetheless this breed can be alert and full of energy.This breed is very sensitive to human emotions and enjoys being around people, however the Bedlington can sometimes be wary of other dogs. This breed is very independent and smart, the Bedlington picks up cues easily and is fun to train.

Activity Level: Medium

The Bedlington enjoys either the country or city life and interacts well with families, children and other people.

Daily exercise, grooming, training and socialization is needed.

Health Concerns:Copper toxicosis, juvenile cataracts, kidney disease, PRA-Progressive Retinal Atrophy.


The Bedlington Terrier Club of America

Bedlington Terrier AKC

Bedlington Terrier UKC

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  2 comments for “Bedlington Terrier.Rothbury Terrier. UK Dog Breeds

  1. January 29, 2013 at 12:06 am

    So cute I can’t stand it! I never saw these type unusual dogs before. I love the long horse-like face and lamb-like coat, perfect to sleep/snuggle with!

  2. January 31, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    always loved the Bedlington’s – absolutely adorable

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