Bedlington Terrier

17-23 lbs
Rothbury terrier

Known as one of the most unique breeds among Terriers, Bedlington Terriers average 17 to 23 pounds in weight, with the average height of a female 15.5 inches and a male 16.5 inches. With a graceful appearance, these Terriers are lithe and energetic with a distinctive looking coat, arched back, tasseled ears and a slender head. Dogs of the breed display a gentle facial expression and are not shy or nervous. The breed is considered to be charming, a lot of fun and a loyal family member. Bedlington Terriers have great endurance and are very active, with the energy of a Terrier and the sprinting ability of a small coursing Hound. Dogs of this breed respond well to training and do well with children and other dogs, particularly when supervised. Generally considered a healthy breed, some Bedlington Terriers will experience copper toxicosis. Dogs of this breed have a non-shedding single coat that is maintained with scissors and clipping.

purpose Purpose
hunting vermin
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry

Bedlington Terrier Health

Sketch of Bedlington Terrier
Average Size
Male Bedlington Terrier size stats
Height: 16-18 inches Weight: 17-23 lbs
Female Bedlington Terrier size stats
Height: 15-17 inches Weight: 17-23 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Renal Cortical Hypoplasia
  • Copper Toxicosis
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Retinal Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Dna For Copper Toxicosis

Bedlington Terrier Breed History

The exact origin of the Bedlington Terrier is not clear, though it is thought by some that breeds like the Dandie Dinmont and the Otterhound have contributed to its ancestry. Developed in the north of England, it is thought that during the late 1700’s, a strain of Terrier known as the Rothbury Terrier or Northumberland Fox Terrier was developed for game hunting. Joseph Ainsley, who was a resident of Bedlington, bred two Rothbury Terriers in 1825. The resulting puppies were named Bedlington Terriers. While it is thought that breeds like the Whippet were also occasionally crossed with the breed, there are no records available. With excellent agility, the Bedlington Terrier excelled at hunting game like rabbits, otters, foxes, badgers and rats, catching the eye of local squires, who chose to have their own Bedlington Terriers. In the late 19th century, the breed started to be shown and found living in wealthy homes. The breed’s popularity crossed all social boundaries and they began entering the show ring in the mid-1800’s. The National Bedlington Terrier Club was formed in England in 1877 and the first Bedlington Terrier to be registered by the American Kennel Club was Ananias in 1886.

Bedlington Terrier Breed Appearance

The Bedlington Terrier as a breed is slightly longer than it is tall, boasting a distinguishable outline. Appearing lithe and muscular, their back legs are longer than the front legs and the feet of the Bedlington Terrier are long with thick pads that feel smooth. The head of this spunky canine is narrow though rounded and typically covered with a topknot. Almond-shaped eyes are small and the triangular ears of the breed are thin, with rounded tips. The ears are covered with thin hair (creating a small tassel at the end) and have a velvet-like texture. Bedlington Terriers have a nose with well-defined nostrils and long jaws that include strong teeth meeting in a level or scissors bite. The head of the Bedlington Terrier is carried high on a long neck. The tail is low-set, tapering to a point at the end.

Appearance of Bedlington Terrier
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bedlington Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bedlington Terrier nose
brown Bedlington Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Bedlington Terrier coat
sable Bedlington Terrier coat
brown Bedlington Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Bedlington Terrier curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bedlington Terrier Breed Maintenance

The Bedlington Terrier sheds minimally, making it a good choice for those who experience allergies. The grooming required is extensive, with clipping needed around every month and a half. Dogs of this type should be combed two times a week and the inside of the ears should be cleaned regularly to avoid infection. While the skin of the Bedlington Terrier won’t dry out with frequent bathing, the coat of the dog can become dull if washed too frequently. Daily exercise is necessary for this active dog; he’ll be at his happiest when he can let some of his energy out. This can include a long walk or playing off leash in a fenced in area. If this curious dog does not get enough exercise he can get into mischief.

Brushes for Bedlington Terrier
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Bedlington Terrier requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bedlington Terrier Temperament

Bedlington Terriers are thought to be companionable and loyal and typically are found to be quiet house dogs. While dogs of this breed will usually not initiate a fight, they won’t be intimidated by other dogs. It is not unusual for this spritely Terrier to chase small animals when outside, though when they are appropriately socialized with indoor pets they will get along with them. When cared for and appreciated as a member of the family, they typically love to be with children and are usually friendly with strangers.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Bedlington Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Bedlington Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Bedlington Terrier at six months
Male Bedlington Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Bedlington Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Bedlington Terrier at 12 months
Male Bedlington Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Bedlington Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Bedlington Terrier at 18 months
Male Bedlington Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 18.0 lbs
Female Bedlington Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 18.0 lbs

Top Bedlington Terrier Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Bedlington Terrier breeders of 2024.
Top Bedlington Terrier breeder All-Star Bedlington Terriers
All-Star Bedlington Terriers
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Ashcroft Bedlington Terriers
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Glaurieus Bedlington Terriers
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Top Bedlington Terrier breeder Sandon N' Oakhill Bedlington Terriers
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Top Bedlington Terrier breeder Meadowsweet Kennel
Meadowsweet Kennel
Jonestown, Pennsylvania
Top Bedlington Terrier breeder Lamz Bedlington Terriers
Lamz Bedlington Terriers
Centreville, Virginia
Top Bedlington Terrier breeder Elante Bedlington Terriers
Elante Bedlington Terriers
Hudson, Colorado
Top Bedlington Terrier breeder Shiatown Terriers
Shiatown Terriers
Lansing, Michigan

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