Bedlington Terrier Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Bedlington Terrier was developed in the former mining areas of Northumberland, close to the Scottish Borders and has been known as the Northern Counties Fox Terrier or Rothbury Terrier, but in 1825 gained the name Bedlington after the village of the same name. Dandie Dinmonts were certainly part of the development of the breed, and the arched loin could only have come from Whippet blood. Today the Bedlington Terrier is crossed with Greyhounds to produce an excellent coursing dog.
They are still very competent vermin catchers and are also referred to as the Gipsy Dog because of their use for poaching; in the past many North Countrymen kept a Bedlington to hunt rabbit to feed the family.
Unlike many terriers the Beedlington Terrier doesn’t look for a fight, but certainly won’t back off when roused. He has lots of excellent qualities; he is affectionate, intelligent and a lovely clean housedog. He is about 16″ at the shoulder, the bitches being smaller than the dogs and quite lightly built. His unique coat does take some care to keep his distinctive outline, though, as with all the coated terrier breeds the pet owner can’t hope to achieve the levels of presentation that takes the exhibitor years of experience and endless patient hours.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.