Generally, the Bedlington will bond strongly with one family member. Strangers will be announced and repelled if unwelcome, but once accepted into the house by the master, they will be given a friendly reception. The Bedlington owner should arrange to socialize it with other dogs and a variety of different people at an early age, in order to avoid problems with aggression.
Originally bred from a combination of local terriers and whippets, this is a lean, racy and assertive terrier. Miners in the Rothbury area of Northumberland, England, developed the breed sometime in the 18th century.