Bedlington Terrier

This true lion, disguised as a nice little lamb is a dog with a strong temperament who must be able to rely on an iron fist in a velvet glove. From vermin hunter to companion dog, the Bedlington Terrier, endowed with a strong character, must be able to rely on a trustworthy, firm and gentle master in order to bring out his sociable and kind side as well as his beautiful qualities that make him a excellent life companion.






Height 38 to 44 cm
Weight 8 to 10 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Hair Loss High
Excercise Need High
Home country United Kingdom (UK)

Quick Overview of the Bedlington Terrier


  • Calm and gentle
  • Lively and happy
  • Affectionate
  • Strong character and stubborn






  • Agile and graceful
  • Muscular and harmonious silhouette
  • Thick, felted coat
  • Small bright eyes






  • No particular weakness
  • Good life expectancy
  • Robust



Temperament of the Bedlington Terrier

Cheerful, lively, gentle, calm and kind, the Bedlington Terrier is a family dog ​​at heart. He possesses the gait of the Greyhound but the character of the Terrier. Strong in character and very stubborn, like most Terriers, he is gentle and affectionate, but hates sudden movements.

Excellent family dog, the Bedlington Terrier is one to watch with the little ones.





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Breed Appearance

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Despite a Greyhound appearance, he definitively has a Terrier body. Agile and graceful, there are no signs of weakness in his physique. The Bedlington Terrier does not lack distinction and his muscular and flexible silhouette is very harmonious. His physical build is reminiscent of his ancestor's, the Whippet. Even though at first glance he looks strangely like a lamb, he's a dog in every way.






Between 41 and 44 cm (16.14 to 17.32 inches) for the male
Between 38 and 42 cm (14.96 to 16.54 inches) for the female


Between 8 and 10 kg (17.64 to 22.05 pounds) for the male
Between 8 and 10 kg (17.64 to 22.05 pounds) for the female


His dress can be black, blue, white, sand or brown, with or without tan with a lighter trend on the face and ears for darker colors.






His thick, felted hair has a slight tendency to curl.






His pear-shaped head has a rather narrow, rounded and tall skull. The absence of a stop is reminiscent of the head of the Bull Terrier. His small shiny eyes completely match the color of the dress. His drooping ears always end with in pretty wavy toupee. His nose can be brown or black depending on the color of the coat.
His tail of moderate length is never carried over the back.





According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 3, section 1 and is #9

Characteristics of the Bedlington Terrier

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Bedlington Terrier puppy: between 1000 € / $ 1 / £1 and 1200 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Bedlington Terrier: 80 € / $ 1 / £1
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

Tips About this breed

Despite his appearance of a little lamb, he is a Terrier at heart. This dog with a great temperament is endowed with a strong character which sometimes leads him to misbehave on certain occasions. Even if he adores his family, young children with sudden movements can sometimes disturb him, especially if they seek to mistreat him, even if unintentionally, the dog may respond strongly. It is best to avoid contact with small children.




Like any good self-respecting Terrier, the Bedlington is no exception and requires a firm, rigorous and very early education. However, it must be devoid of any brutality because he has a tendency to stubbornness when he feels threatened.





Mostly a companion or show dog, the Bedlington Terrier is a good family dog ​​but a poor guardian. He will welcome all visitors with pleasure without exception. He does not bark much and prefers to live in the house rather than outside because he loves human contact.





Health of the Bedlington Terrier

Despite his elegant, refined and fragile appearance, the Bedlington Terrier generally enjoys excellent health. His frail appearance is rather deceptive because he is a very robust dog. He has no particular weak points and his life expectancy is very appreciable.




His particular dress requires a customized maintenance. His grooming is very difficult. For exhibition subjects, it absolutely requires the help of a professional more suitable to carry it out properly.

For companion dogs, daily brushing is still essential and periodic professional grooming is preferable in order to maintain a beautiful and healthy coat.



History of this breed

Despite some rather unclear information even today, the breed, which apparently originated around 1880, is nevertheless related to the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Whippet and the Otterhound. Initially in honor of the district of Rothbury, located on the borders of England, the dog bore at the time the name of Rothbury Terrier. After mating with a female Bedlington, he received his official name of Bedlington Terrier.

Very popular as a vermin hunter, the Bedlington Terrier was also used, at a certain time, in the mines, as a fighting dog and as a fetcher dog when hunting. It was not until 1877 that he was presented as a separate breed and the first breed specimen to be registered in the LOF (French Book of Origins) was only in 1934. Towards the end of the 20th century, he was also very popular as a show dog.

Even if he is quite rare in France, the Bedlington Terrier has become nowadays more of a companion dog.




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