Bedlington Terrier


A hardy yet very lightweight terrier with almost a ‘lambs wool’ coat and a roman nose. Very distinctive. Quiet on its feet. Agile, graceful and very fast. Often crossed with a whippet in the UK to give a hardy fast hunting dog for small game. Playful and cheerful, but love to dig in the backyard. Vocal and possessive, and can be intolerant of strangers and children. Early and ongoing socialisation is highly recommended.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium. Around 1.5 hours a day, but does not need long exercise sessions. Is calmer indoors than some other terriers. Outdoors it loves to run.

Size: 15-17 inches to the shoulder

Weight: 18-23 pounds

Colour: White/cream

Town or Country: Both - does well in both environments

Low Allergy: Yes - due to the curly coat

Best Suited for: Moderately to highly active singles or couples who don’t have a lot of home space, and no other pets, where they are prepared to give this dog patient leadership and socialisation. Also for people who see grooming as great ‘bonding’ time and aren’t ‘garden proud’! First time owners possible but only if they are strong-minded.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: North England

Original Purpose: Working. Hunting rats and badgers

Living Space: Low indoors. Medium outdoors – they like a good sized garden to run in.

Coat: Short but soft and curly

Grooming: High. Needs brushing at least 2-3 times a week and nail clipping every 6 weeks.

Children: Low – can be jealous of attention given to children and other pets in the household. Does best in a mature active household with no other children or pets.

Sociability with strangers: Low – suspicious and barks a lot.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Usually fine with other dogs outdoors, but can be jealous of other pets in a family unit (within the house). Does well as an only dog.

Trainability: Can be stubborn. Early socialisation and training is very important. Requires firm handling. First time owners who are firm and patient only.

Noise Level: High – barks a lot, especially at strangers.

Known Health Issues: Liver disease, kidney disease and thyroid problems

Lifespan: 14-17 years

Special Needs: none

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