Bedlington Terrier


A small to medium sized Bedlington Terrier
Bedlington Terrier Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)15-18in (38-46cm)
Weight17-23lbs (8-10.5 kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan12-16 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size3-6
Barking TendencyHigh
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingLow
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if left

The Bedlington Terrier tends to look more like a lamb than a dog thanks to its head, coat and overall gait. It has straight forelegs, feet similar to that of a hare, and a pointed tail. The curly coat is thick and is a combination of soft and coarse hair. The colouring can be sandy, liver, or blue, sometimes trimmed with tan.


Bedlington Terriers are one of the calmer, less boisterous terriers, and have good natures complimented by mild manners. These are agile and energetic dogs that carry themselves with grace and style, and they make great companions thanks to their playful, happy and affectionate natures. They are prone to barking and digging and also have a stubborn streak that can sometimes make training difficult, and so are best suited to more experienced dog owners. These dogs are both intelligent and alert, which makes them ideal watchdogs, and although unlikely to start any violence, can be a formidable fighter when provoked. Bedlington Terriers get along well with older, more considerate children, and also with children they have been raised with from an early age. Their attitude towards strangers can vary from curious to reserved but is generally good, and they get along well with other animals as long as they are calm and acquainted properly, although they may chase smaller animals that tend to run.

History & Skills

Bedlington Terriers originate from Bedlington in England, from where they derive their name. They were originally bred for hunting and fighting and were prized hunters of foxes, badgers, and hares (amongst others). They were also used as retriever dogs, vermin hunters, and as fighting dogs by the Bedlington miners. These days, Bedlington Terriers make good family pets and watchdogs and also tend to do well in earth dog trials.

Breed Specific Ailments

Bedlington Terriers tend to live between 12-16 years. Some of the health conditions relating to these dogs include allergies, luxating patella, cataracts, detached retinas, and copper toxicosis. They may also be susceptible to liver, kidney and thyroid problems.


Bedlington Terriers are low shedders and so are suitable for allergy sufferers. Their coat will need combing twice a week to remove shedding hair, and clipping every two months to maintain the shape. Bathing will be required only occasionally to ensure the coat is clean without losing its rigidity. The ears should be checked and cleaned regularly to reduce any chances of infection.

Exercise & Environment

Bedlington Terriers tend to live indoors but need access to a safe and secure area like a yard or garden, as they love to play, run around and explore. A daily walk on the leash is advisable too as they need a fair amount of exercise to keep them happy and well behaved.


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