Bedlington Terrier is a purebred dog bred for killing rats, badgers, and other vermin. It's an affectionate and loyal dog breed. Today, these lovely canines excel as companions and in the show ring. However, they still have excellent hunting abilities and a sense of smell. They love to be the center of attention. In fact, they enjoy being single-family pets.

Their intelligence and strong sense of smell make them great watchdogs. It's always a pleasure for the families to own it as a four-leg family member. Even these are well suited for apartment living if they get plenty of exercises. Despite their purebred status, you can find them in the care of shelters and rescues. It's good to visit there before owning them from a breeder. Let's see everything about the Bedlington Terriers.


Bedlington Terriers belong to the parish of Bedlington in Northumberland, England. In 1825, They were produced by crossing a Rothbury dog with Bedlington bitch. However, it's also thought that the Otter Hound and Dandie Dinmont also contribute to Bedlington Terriers genes. The purpose of their breeding was the hunting of foxes, hares, badgers, and rats. Originally, they were known as the Rothbury Terriers. After some time, they get their present name, "Bedlington Terrier," from their owner Joseph Ainsley of Bedlington. The earlier Bedlington Terrier was slightly smaller in stature.

Main Characteristics

·       These are intelligent and affectionate dogs. They can pick things quickly.

·     They come in three different colors and two marking patterns. The three colors are blue, liver, and sandy, which can have solid or tan marking patterns.

·   They need regular exercise to stay healthy, physically and mentally. 20 to 30 minutes of exercise per day is enough for them. It's also lowered the risk of their mischievous behavior.

·  Sometimes, they can be stubborn. So, early socialization and training are recommended.

·       Males are more fearless fighters than females when challenged by other dogs.

·      They need once or twice weekly brushing to maintain their coat.

·       These can be attached more with one family member.

·      These are temperamentally strong dogs and get along well with the kids. But make sure to own them from a reputable breeder. 


Bedlington Terriers are known for their pear-shaped, tufted head, curly coat, arched back, lithe stature, and graceful and springy gait. They have narrow, deep, and rounded heads with longer jaws than the skull. Their long tapering neck also distinguishes them from many other dog breeds. They have a deep chest, low and tapering tail, and straight front legs. They have a curly coat, which can come in blue, sandy, tan, blur, blue and tan, and sandy and tan. Today, blue is their most popular and prevent color.


Bedlington Terrier is a small to medium size dog. The males are around 16 inches in height at withers with 17 to 23 pounds weight. The females are around 15 inches in height at withers with 17 to 23 pounds weight.

Personality and Temperament

Belington Terriers are energetic, alert, and intelligent dogs. These are also aggressive towards other dogs. All these personality traits make them excellent watchdogs. However, their overall temperament depends upon heredity, training, and socialization. These are more curious to play and be the center of attention during their puppy age. Though they have a strong temperament, but early socialization is the key to making them good companions. Try to expose them to different people, sounds, and sights for new experiences. It will ensure a well-rounded Bedlington Terrier.


Generally, it's a healthy dog breed. But they can have certain health problems like many other dog breeds. Some of their common health issues include the following.

Copper Toxicosis

It's a serious Bedlington Terrier health issue that can lead to illness and death. It is caused by the failure of the liver. The affected dog inherits a gene from both parents. So, proper DNA testing before crossing can prevent it.

Patellar Luxation

It's one of the common health problems for many dogs. It's a discoloration of the patella, which can be due to an injury or congenital. It can lead them to intense pain and limping. In some serious cases, dogs may require surgical repair.


It's an eye problem caused by an additional row of eyelashes on the oil gland of a dog's eye. It can irritate their eyes. They start squinting and rubbing their eyes to get some relief. These excess eyelashes need to be surgically removed.

Renal Cortical Hypoplasia

It's a kidney problem caused by the development of the cortex by one or both kidneys. In serious cases, it can be responsible for kidney failure. You have to notice the signs like increased thirst and increased urination. No specific treatment for this disease. You have to notice the signs to prevent further damage to the kidneys.

Retinal Dysplasia

It's a developmental issue of the Bedlington Terriers, which can affect their vision. Usually, Veterinarians tests them at 7 to 12 weeks of age for Retinal Dysplasia. However, there is not any detectable loss of vision. The reputable breeders ensure to don't bred the affected dogs.


·   Bedlington Terriers have moderate activity levels. They can run at high speed. So, some special care is good to prevent them from any injury.

·   Take them for a nice short walk to burn the energy. A good game of fetch is also a better option.

·  Train them for agility, obedience, and tracking. Use the reinforcement training techniques to praise their good behavior.

·       Crate them to prevent their destructive behavior.


Quality food is always recommended for their good physical and mental health. They need 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality food daily. You can divide this amount into two meals. However, their diet can vary individually depending on their size, age, build, and activity level. The high-activity Bedlington Terriers may have slightly different dietary needs than others. Keep an eye on their food intake to prevent them from obesity issues. Being overweight itself is related to many other health issues.


The Bedlington Terrier's curly coat doesn't shed much, making it good for allergy sufferers. However, their harsh and soft hairs may require regular brushing to prevent tangles and mats. You have to comb them at least once a week. Take them to a professional groomer for any special clipping. However, you can also clip himself. They also need teeth cleaning and nail care, just like humans. Brush their teeth at least two to three times a week to prevent tartar buildup and bacteria. Trim their nails once or twice a month. Generally, they need bathing once every three months. But you can also bathe them if they occasionally get any dirt or mud. Overall, Bedlington Terriers have high grooming needs depending upon their curly and harsh coat.

Life Span

Bedlington Terriers have a longer life span than many other dog breeds. They can live 12 to 14 years. However, it depends upon their health, diet, care, etc.

Behavior With Children and other Pets

It mostly depends upon how you raise your Bedlington Terrier. The individuals raised with children are good than others. They can handle certain types of rough handling. But they have their own limits. The children need to understand these limits. It's always good to keep the children with Bedlington Terriers under your supervision. These are aggressive dogs. So, things can get too rough.

These are good with other pets, especially when socializing during their early age. But they can also be aggressive toward same-sex dogs. Don't worry if Bedlington Terriers are raised along with the other pets. However, special care is necessary on outdoor trips as they can chase outdoor cats and other animals.


Bedlington Terriers are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC) in their "Terrier" category. 


A Bedlington Terrier can cost you about $80 per month after purchase and set-up costs. Their lifetime cost is around $13500. Their set-up cost includes the puppy vaccination, neutering, and some necessary equipment cost. While their ongoing cost includes the grooming cost and Veterinary checkup cost. Some of their other costs include training costs, boarding costs, or dog walkers/daycare costs.   

Interesting Facts About Bedlington Terriers

·     The curly and harsh coat of Bedlington Terriers with a long neck resembles a lamb. They look very similar to lambs in appearance, especially in their white coat. Many dog lovers take them to a professional groomer for their lamb clipping.

·    Both males and females have the same weight range. However, males can have     slightly more height than females.

·    These are considered hypoallergenic dogs, making them acceptable pets for allergy sufferers.

·       These are keen diggers and just love to dig.

·   Bedlington Terriers like water as compared to many other dog breeds. These are  known to be good swimmers.

Bedlington Terrier Vs. Poodle

Both of these breeds have many similarities and differences. Below is a quick comparison between the two breeds.


·       Both of these breeds are closely resembling with a lamb.

·       These are the right choice for the new and inexperienced owner.

·       Both of these are good with the children.

·       Both of them have high grooming needs.


·     Bedlington Terrier has a high tendency to bark than the average barking tendency of Poodle.

·       Bedlington Terriers are smaller in size than Poodles.

·   Bedlington Terriers originally belonged to the United Kingdom, while the Poodle belonged to Germany.

·       Bedlington Terriers can be more stubborn than Poodle.


Bedlington Terrier is a suitable breed for people, especially for animal allergic families. These are known for making a strong bond with people, especially with one family member. The below points help you to decide better.

·       It's a medium to small size dog. It can even adjust in apartments depending upon their size and exercise needs.

·       Sometimes, these are aggressive and chase other animals.

·       These dogs have three different coat colors with two different patterns.

·       They love to be the center of attention.

      ·       It's a rare dog breed. So, you may have to wait to own. 

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