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Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 15-18”
Weight: 17-23 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Bedlington Terrier in the following colors:

  • Blue
  • Blue and tan
  • Liver
  • Liver and tan
  • Sandy
  • Sandy and tan

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 12-14 years
The Bedlington Terrier is considered to be a healthy purebred, but that does not mean that there are no medical concerns to be aware of. Some of the medical and health problems you should be alerted to include kidney problems, copper toxicosis, thyroid problems, renal dysplasia, and distichiasis.

Kidney problems may arise in your pup, meaning it is important that you have your pup screened by your veterinarian regularly to ensure any issues are caught promptly.

Copper toxicosis is another condition that affects the Bedlington Terrier. This condition results in bleeding gums, diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, and weight loss. This condition is marked by the release of copper from your pup’s liver.

Thyroid problems may occur in your pup and they need to be handled immediately. When your pup’s thyroid does not work properly, you may notice that your pup either gains too much weight or has trouble gaining weight as all.

Renal dysplasia may occur in your Bedlington Terrier and happens when the kidneys do not develop correctly. This is a genetic condition that your pup will receive if the parents are carriers or have the disease.

Lastly, distichiasis is a condition that affects your pup’s eyelashes. Specifically, the condition is present when the eyelashes grow in an odd position on the eyelid. Often, a single eyelash or multiple eyelashes may grow through the inside area of the eyelid.

The Bedlington Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Bedlington Terrier is known as a great companion who loves to be around people. You will find that even though this is a Terrier breed, this pup is calm and not like the typical Terrier. Your pup will not be too excited inside of your home and has good manners.

While generally calm in nature, you still need to make sure that you provide your pup with enough exercise and mental stimulation, otherwise, your pup may become destructive inside of your home. This breed is known to become quite mischievous when not properly watched or given free time alone.

Your Bedlington Terrier gets along well with other pets in the home, but you may find that he or she does not do well with other animals outdoors. The Terrier is known to hunt small animals, and you may have this problem when a rabbit, cat, or rat runs by.

This breed loves children, and you will find that your Bedlington Terrier does well inside of your home and provides a lot of love and affection. This breed is not necessarily a watchdog. Instead, he will often welcome strangers with a tail wag.

This breed needs to receive outdoor time in addition to exercise. You should walk your pup at least once or twice per day for at least 20 to 30 minutes each time. Also, if you have a yard for your pup to run around in, you want to make sure that the fence is secure, because this breed does like to dig and can get out.

Training is considered to be relatively easy, and you will notice that your pup likes to respond to your commands and listen to what you have to say. You must remain consistent and firm and not allow your pup to become alpha during training sessions.


The Bedlington Terrier has moderate grooming needs. You will need to take your pup to the groomer to receive a clip and strip for his or her coat every few months at the least. In between groomer visits, you will need to make sure that you brush your pup’s coat to remove any snarls and debris that may be caught in the fur.

You will need to provide your pup with an occasional bath and you should choose a shampoo that is mild to prevent skin irritation. You will also need to clean your pup’s ears at least once per week to remove a buildup of wax and debris.

Lastly, your pup will need to have his or her nails trimmed regularly to prevent them from growing too long. Nails that are too long are painful for your pup and they can lead to snags, tears, and breaks. Once a month is typically enough.


Your Bedlington Terrier will consume anywhere between 3/4 cup and 1.5 cups of food per day. Ideally, you should feed your pup once in the morning and once in the evening by dividing up the total daily amount of food they consume into two meals.

When it comes to the type of food you feed your pup, choose one that is high-quality and does not contain a lot of fillers and by-products. You will need to make sure the food you choose meets your pup’s nutritional needs and requirements.

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A Bedlington Terrier puppy will cost you about $1,500. You may find that the price fluctuates and can be more or less, depending on the breeder you choose and the popularity of the breed. It is unlikely that you will find this breed in the local shelter, but that makes a good starting point for your search.

In addition to the cost of your puppy, you should factor in costs for your pet’s medical needs to include vaccines, vet check-ups, and preventative medicines.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Bedlington Terrier is a good choice for your home and you will find that this breed does well with animals inside of your home, but may try to chase down smaller animals outdoors. This breed provides a lot of affection for his or her family and is good with children. Your pup will need to head to the groomer every couple to few months to have his or her coat maintained. This breed ranks a 2.


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