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Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington-Terrier

A Spirited & Entertaining Dog

Loyal, agile, playful

Bedlington Terriers are quiet, energetic, and athletic medium-sized dogs. These hypoallergenic terriers can be wary of strangers and other animals, but are loyal to their family. This breed likes to chase small animals. Bedlingtons make great companions for families with older children, athletic individuals, those who enjoy the outdoors, and people with allergies. These dogs love to run, and require a good, long walk or vigorous play daily.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:15.5-16.5 in. Weight:17-23 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
5

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
2

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Bedlington Terriers need energetic play for an hour a day. This dog is well suited for performance events like agility, flyball or earthdog.

Grooming: Considered hypoallergenic, but still needs coat brushed at least weekly, with groomer visits every 4-8 weeks.

Dental: Bedlington Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Bedlington Terriers are energetic and affectionate playmates for the kids, and are the center of attention. They run the household with spirit.

Positive Traits:

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • An excellent companion, family, or working dog

  • Protective of family; good watch dog

  • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little

  • Eager to please and responsive to training

Negative Traits:

  • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

  • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

  • Bold and fearless, may attack much larger dogs

  • Coat requires regular brushing and grooming

  • Can be strong-willed and difficult to train



Whether you are considering adding a new Bedlington Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bedlington Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bedlington you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Bedlington Terrier could encounter:

  • Knee Problems

Don't let the sheepish appearance fool you; this dog is all terrier. Their lineage makes them fearless enough to take on a badger and fast enough to run a hare to ground and start digging! If you want a sporting dog, the Bedlington is known as one of the most reliable terriers. They are also prized as family dogs for their characteristic mild manners and loyalty. They will do fine in an apartment and adore children, but make sure you keep their mind and body occupied. You don't want to find out how imaginatively destructive a bored terrier can be. Plan around an hour a day of high energy aerobic play to keep them content.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Bedlington Terrier shows signs of the following:

  • Poor appetite, depression and a yellow tinge to the eyes

  • Greasy poops, weight loss, dry flaking coat

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Bumping into objects, startles easily

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

  • Diarrhea

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor hair coat


  • Care

    Routine Care: Bedlington Terriers need energetic play for an hour a day. This dog is well suited for performance events like agility, flyball or earthdog.

    Grooming: Considered hypoallergenic, but still needs coat brushed at least weekly, with groomer visits every 4-8 weeks.

    Dental: Bedlington Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Bedlington Terriers are energetic and affectionate playmates for the kids, and are the center of attention. They run the household with spirit.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • An excellent companion, family, or working dog

    • Protective of family; good watch dog

    • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little

    • Eager to please and responsive to training

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

    • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

    • Bold and fearless, may attack much larger dogs

    • Coat requires regular brushing and grooming

    • Can be strong-willed and difficult to train



  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Bedlington Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bedlington Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bedlington you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Bedlington Terrier could encounter:

    • Knee Problems

  • History

    Don't let the sheepish appearance fool you; this dog is all terrier. Their lineage makes them fearless enough to take on a badger and fast enough to run a hare to ground and start digging! If you want a sporting dog, the Bedlington is known as one of the most reliable terriers. They are also prized as family dogs for their characteristic mild manners and loyalty. They will do fine in an apartment and adore children, but make sure you keep their mind and body occupied. You don't want to find out how imaginatively destructive a bored terrier can be. Plan around an hour a day of high energy aerobic play to keep them content.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Bedlington Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • Poor appetite, depression and a yellow tinge to the eyes

    • Greasy poops, weight loss, dry flaking coat

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Bumping into objects, startles easily

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

    • Diarrhea

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor hair coat


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