Bedlington terrier

Other name: Rothburry Terrier

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The Bedlington Terrier is not a dog close to the lamb. He is lively, fiery, with a well-defined character. He does not hesitate to play with his fellows, to the point of triggering some fights (rarely nasty). He is also very devoted to his master, protector, good guardian and endowed with great intelligence. His education requires firmness and a certain experience. His health should be closely monitored, especially because he is predisposed to certain diseases.



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Hair type Frieze
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 8 kg to 10 kg From 34 cm to 44 cm
Male From 8 kg to 10 kg From 35 cm to 45 cm
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History of the breed

The Bedlington Terrier has not always been known by this name. Indeed, originally, it was more commonly known as the Rothbury Terrier, because of a provenance from the mining regions of England. It is therefore a very old British breed. Among his ancestors are the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Otter Dog and the Whippet.

It was used in hunting rabbits and foxes. In mines, it was used to ratify galleries. He became popular outside his native region in the late 19th century. Nevertheless, despite his great qualities as a Terrier, he is little known in France. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized him on June 20, 1963.

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Physical features

His hair: felted, rather thick and well trained, with a clear tendency to curl, especially on the head and face.
Its color: sand, blue or brown, with or without tan markings.
Its head: longer than wide, wedge-shaped, with abundant silky hair forming a forelock and whose color is close to white. The skull is narrow, high and rounded. There is no stop. The nostrils are large and well cut, the muzzle very full under the eye, the teeth large and strong.
His ears: rather long, drooping, set low, not very thick and with a velvety texture. Trimmed with a fringe of silky whitish hair.
His eyes: relatively small in size. Shiny, triangular in appearance, dark in color in blue dogs, lighter in blue and tan, light hazel in brown and sand.
His body: muscular, flexible. The back is naturally arched with the kidney, the chest high and relatively wide, the ribs flat, the bottom line clearly raised with the arch of the kidney.
Its tail: moderately long, strong at its attachment and tapering towards its end, forming an elegant curve, set low.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

You should not be fooled by his sheepish demeanor. The Bedlington Terrier is a dog capable of defending itself if you come looking for lice. Fortunately, his primary temperament is not violence . He also tries to escape him as soon as he can. On the contrary, he is a gentle dog (like a lamb), fairly calm , but above all who knows how to be active , happy and playful .

He is an excellent Terrier , enjoying hunting parties. He is courageous , reckless, and excels in caring for his adoptive family. The ideal companion for an owner, the Bedlington Terrier is also not a big barker , which makes it even more appreciable. On the other hand, it is not the ideal dog for young children . It’s not that he’s dangerous, but he can’t tell the difference from a taller person. Well educated, it can coexist with congeners and cats.

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Although its education is not that difficult , the Bedlington Terrier is not to be put in the hands of a neophyte. Thus, if it is a first dog for a master, it must be entrusted to a canine professional. Intelligent , curious , the Bedlington Terrier also has a rather stubborn and well-asserted character . In addition, without firmness , it could do as it pleases and gain the upper hand over its owner.

It is therefore necessary to educate him as it should from an early age, with the emphasis on his socialization . Be careful, any excess of abruptness would generate the opposite result from that hoped for. This dog loves to discover, learn new things and, above all, please his master.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

If it was bred for a long time for hunting and retained the instinct for it, Bedlington Terrier is today especially appreciated as a companion dog . He adapts, in fact, to all life and family situations, as long as his needs are met. Special attention should be paid to families with rodents.

Although he likes to spend and run outside, his need for activity is not so huge as that. In fact, an apartment life suits him like a glove, it has a 2 large daily outputs for fulfillment and well-being. Otherwise he can develop his destructive side.


Ease of gaining weight

The Bedlington Terrier is a hardy dog. However, he is prone to develop several diseases which follow him from generation to generation. Thus, it is predisposed to hepatitis by copper overload which affects a fragile liver. His eyes may have a tendency to run, which is called tear point atresia . His kidneys may be suffering from a developmental deficit in their cortex. Finally, eye conditions can occur, such as retinal dysplasia. He is also not immune to hip and patella dysplasia . This dog can live to be 14 years old, but might not be spared from health concerns.

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Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends insurance for Bedlington Terrier dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Bedlington Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Although endowed with a thick and generous coat, it loses little hair . Apart from regular brushing , as well as extensive grooming , the Bedlington Terrier does not require very difficult maintenance . However, it will be necessary to monitor his eyes because of his predisposition to eye diseases, and monitor his ears from time to time.


The Bedlington Terrier needs to be groomed , ideally by a professional . Her forelock and the rest of her dress need to be trimmed regularly to ensure its typical charm.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Bedlington Terrier is between € 1,000 and € 1,200.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 950
1000 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Bedlington Terrier is between $ 950 and $ 1000.

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The diet of the Bedlington Terrier must meet its daily energy expenditure . In addition, he must eat industrial food based on high quality kibble . Sometimes this diet can be supplemented with human food .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

He needs a lot of exercise to burn himself , even if he is particularly calm by nature outside of his active times. His past as a hunting dog has not completely disappeared and he must therefore be entitled to long and frequent outings.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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