A dog in sheep’s clothing, the Bedlington Terrier is a graceful but tough breed. Named after the mining town in England where they were first developed, Bedlington Terriers were originally meant for hunting vermin that were pestering the mines. Over time, the breed was used for other purposes such as dog shows and dog sports like racing. The lamb-like breed may look soft on the outside but they are known to be hardy on the inside. After being acquired by the prominent Rockefeller family, a surge in the Bedlington Terrier’s popularity was observed during the 1940s. At present, the English breed is more commonly used as a watchdog and home companion.
Bedlington Terrier Dog Names in Pop Culture
Even with their one-of-a-kind appearance, Bedlington Terriers are rarely seen in pop culture works and popular media. The roles for pampered pets normally go to other typical toy breeds such as Poodles and Afghan Hounds. However, there have been a few sightings of the Bedlington Terrier in a number of features.
Some of the films where a Bedlington Terrier, albeit in minor roles or only seen in the background, include the 1936 film Early to Bed and the 1938 film Just Around the Corner. Bedlington Terriers were also prominently featured in the documentary entitled Napoli Dogs. This 2006 documentary resembles a full-length feature film from the Austrian nature series called Universum. Set in the charismatic city of Naples, Italy, Napoli Dogs follows a group of eight feral dogs and how they struggle to survive in the streets.
The main character is Bartolo, an Australian Shepherd who was left to fend for himself in the bustling city of Naples. After being abandoned by his master, Bartolo finds himself taken in by the “gang” of dogs known as the Napoli Dogs. The pack helps Bartolo make his way around the concrete jungle of Italy and learns the ropes on how to survive on his own. The gang is known all over the city and are known to be extremely territorial. Despite their infamy, however, a lot of the residents of Naples look out for the dogs. Out of the eight dogs in the gang, two are Bedlington Terriers and are heavily featured throughout the documentary.
Napoli Dogs gained significant success around Europe and picked up several awards. In the 2008 EcoVision Film Festival held in Palermo, the documentary was chosen by the audience as the most popular film. It also received an award at the 2007 Festival Internazionale Del Cinema di Salerno for the “Sezione Informativi” category.
While Bedlington Terriers remain an oddity in some pop culture works, the breed has gained some recognition through social media. Thanks to a viral video, Barry the Bedlington Terrier became an overnight internet star. Owned by couple Wayne Sowerby and Kate Hayllar, Barry’s video of him riding a bicycle in the countryside went viral all over social media and has been a huge source of entertainment for millions of social media users.
According to his owners, Barry first found amusement with playing on skateboards while being pushed. Eventually, he moved on to sitting on a tricycle and maintaining his upright position while being pushed downhill. Ever since Barry discovered how fun riding can be, he’s always looked forward to his weekly rides. After his riding video surfaced on the web, Barry immediately became a celebrity in his hometown of Cumbria. More than that, Barry has captured the hearts of many dog lovers around the world and helped put the unique Bedlington Terrier breed on the map.
Bedlington Terrier Dog Name Considerations
Getting a new dog is always something to look forward to. Whether it is your first dog or your fifth, nothing beats the excitement of seeing your new dog for the first time. Along with getting a new dog comes the task of choosing a new name for it. More often than not, dog owners want a name that is unique and is representative of their dog.
When it comes to naming a Bedlington Terrier, a good idea would be to use the numerous special traits the breed possesses. One of the things that sets Bedlington Terriers apart from any other dog breed is its unique look - they have a pear-shaped head with a distinctive topknot, lamb-like coat, scimitar-shaped tail and tasseled ears. Their curly coat also comes in a variety of colors, including sandy, liver or blue, which may or may not have tan points.
As for their temperament, Bedlington Terriers are known for being charming, fun and attention-seeking. Because of their history of hunting vermin, they are naturally agile, fast and possess impressive endurance. Furthermore, they are extremely loyal and protective of their loved ones. Owners of Bedlingtons can take into account one or more of these characteristics when choosing a name for the breed.
Another possible consideration is the breed’s origin. Their English heritage can be a source of inspiration for a name, either in the form of an English name or anything that is relevant to England and its culture.
Community Dogs With Bedlington Terrier Names
His name is Albert Einstein because of his white poffy hair and because he is really smart.