The Bedlington Terrier is one of the oldest and gamest of British dogs and his pedigree goes back further than most other terriers.
Writers in the past some of them well known judges of their time have written theories of its originís and its history can be traced back over 200 years. Going back to the 1770 period it is certain that the Northumberland Terrier, the Northern Counties Terrier, the Rodbury or Rothbury Terrier, the Miners Terrier and the Bedlington Terrier are one and the same and the breeding ground was the Bedlington district.
Bedlington Terriers were breed in the first place for two reasons one as ratters in the Northumberland mines, and for their prowess in badger baiting, hunting after rabbits and vermin. It is recorded that they worked with Foxhounds and Otterhounds with their respective hunts, and the miners held races and trails.
They are a very loyal and faithful companion which will fit in to most life styles and especially anyone suffering from allergies or asthma as they do not moult but that does mean that they do have to be groomed regular or they will become matted.
Although, one has to remember that they are first and foremost a terrier and if challenged will react but do not usually start a fight.
Bedlington Terriers can suffer from Copper Toxicosis, it has been a problem for many years but now with the introduction of DNA tests they can be identified as clear, carriers, or affected and by selective breeding the incidence of the decease is some what under control.
The Kennel Club require that breeders have their Bedlingtons eye tested for TRD, total retinal dysplasia, although no affected have been found for some considerable years this is still a requirement for the accredited breeder scheme.