Bedlington Terrier Dog Breed Information


Bedlington Terrier Quick Facts
Bedlington Terrier
Breed Group: Terrier
Origen: United Kingdom
Nickname: Rothbury Terrier, Rodbery Terrier
Weight: 17-23 lbs
Height: 15-17 inches
Color(s): Blue, sandy, and liver, each with or without tan points. Bedlington pups are born dark, and lighten to adult color by about one year of age.


Bedlington Terrier Appearance

The Bedlington Terrier is a medium-sized dog, with a little lamb appearance. The breed is best known for its curly, woolly coat. They are agile and graceful, with a lightness of movement and a springy gait. The chest is deep and the back is arched. They have a wedge-shaped head with sparkling, triangular eyes that are set deep and almond-shaped. Their ears are triangular with rounded tips and hanging low. The tail is low set and thick at the root, tapering to a point.

The Bedlington Terrier has a coat that is crisp to the touch but not wiry, having a tendency to curl, especially on the head and face. The most common colors are Blue, sandy, and liver, each with or without tan points. The Bedlington Terrier pups are born dark, and lighten to adult color by about one year of age. The weight of the Bedlington Terrier is around 17-23 pounds and the height is around 15-17 inches.

Bedlington Terrier Temperament

The Bedlington Terrier has a big heart and loveable nature. They are calmer and less boisterous than many other terriers. It is friendly, demonstrative and loyal family companion. He rarely initiates a fight, but will not allow itself to be intimidated by other dogs either and can be a fighter when pushed. He is fast enough to bay a badger or a fox and is a first-rate water dog. The Bedlington Terrier is incredibly smart and attentive to its owner. They are very good with children and are usually very quiet unless something gets his goat and then the terrier in him takes over.

Is Bedlington Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Bedlington Terrier is an active dog that loves to run, chase and needs daily exercise. They are good for apartment living if enough exercise is provided. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. His needs could be met with a long walk on leash or a vigorous game in a safe area. This is not a breed that could live outside. He likes to bark a lot and can be very useful as watchdog. Like all other terriers, the Bedlington Terrier loves to dig.

Bedlington Terrier Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Bedlington Terrier is around 12-14 years.

Bedlington Terrier Health problems

The Bedlington Terrier is relatively healthy. The major concerns associate with this breed is copper toxicosis. This genetic disorder allows copper deposits to build up in the liver, eventually leading to cirrhosis and death. They could also be prone to patellar luxation, cataracts, distichiasis, thyroid problems and hereditary kidney diseases. As with all breeds the Bedlington Terrier will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy

Bedlington Terrier Care and Grooming

The Bedlington Terrier needs combing one or twice a week to keep its coat smooth and in good condition and specialized clipping every six weeks. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. Clean and check their ears regularly to avoid infections.

Bedlington Terrier Shedding

The Bedlington Terrier sheds little to no hair, therefore may be suited for those with allergies.