Bedlington Terrier

Breed Summary

The Bedlington Terrier is very unique looking little dog that has a striking resemblance to a lamb. Bedlington Terrier is a graceful, lithe, well-balanced dog with no sign of coarseness or weakness. They have a mild or gentle response, not shy or nervous. They are particularly alert and full of immense energy and courage. Bedlington’s have an extraordinary wedge-shaped, tufted head, curly coat, arched back, and graceful, springy gait. The head is narrow, deep, and rounded, the jaw longer than the skull with tassel ears and scimitar-shaped tail are the identifying features of this breed.

Country of Origin: England

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 141 of 196

AKC Classification: Terrier group

UKC Classification: Terrier

Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 23-25 inches; Male: 24-26 inches

Weight: Female: 17-23 lbs.; Male: 17-23 lbs.

Coat: Length: Medium

Characteristics: Hard coat, soft, curly

Colors: Blue with or without tan, sandy with or without tan, liver with or without tan

Overall Grooming Needs: High

Personality traits/Temperament: Loyal, Charming, Frollicking

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: High

Tendency to Dig: High

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate

Life Expectancy: 11-16 years


Bedlington Terriers are a healthy breed. Their life expectancy is 11 to 16 years. Responsible breeders need to screen their breeding stock for several health conditions like hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand’s disease (a bleeding disorder), thrombopenia, and certain eye issues. As with all breeds, a Bedlington’s ears should be checked regularly. Brush their teeth regularly to avoid diseases like dental tarter, halitosis, etc. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential


The Bedlington Terrier needs high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared for maintaining their bodily function. Add a high quality multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s stage (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, which needs to be checked. Supply fresh water regularly to avoid digestive problems. Consult with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.


Bedlington Terriers may look like lambs, but they are wolves in disguise. Early socialization and puppy training are recommended for all dogs. They are intelligent and stubborn which makes their training difficult but interesting. They do not respond well to harsh training methods or physical correction. Boredom may lead to destructive behavior. They respond well to positive-reinforcement techniques, such as using praise and food as rewards which makes their training consistent, firm, and fair.


Like most terriers, the Bedlington has a fair amount of energy and requires regular walks and daily exercise as well as heaps of mental stimulation in order to stay fit and happy. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. Regular training helps them to be a well-rounded character that is a pleasure to be around. They are energetic, active but not mischievous. They like to play fetch or go for a long walk with their human companion. They were bred to chase small animals. So, they require a fenced-in yard and should be on a leash for all walks.

Fun Facts

  • The Bedlington Terrier has been described as resembling a lamb.

  • They do not get along with other dogs.


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