Bedlington Terrier

Breed Details


Exercise Requirements:

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8-11 Kg (Approx)

Life Span:

11-16 years


A graceful, muscular dog, the Bedlington Terrier shows no sign of weakness or coarseness. Its head is pear- or wedge-shaped and it wears a mild, gentle expression. The pear-shaped head, profuse silky top-knot, filbert-shaped ears with tassels or fringes, horseshoe front assembly, linty coat and mincing gait are some of the distinctive features of the breed. The outline should present as a series of graceful curves from the tip of the nose to the end of tail.


Early dog fanciers in Britain selectively bred for the type of dog that best suited their needs. Although the background of the Bedlington Terrier is somewhat obscure, British breed historians now believe the long-legged dog evolved from the Rough Coated Scotch Terrier.

The Bedlington Terrier is named after its town of origin, Bedlington, Northumberland in North East England. It became a favourite with miners because of its ratting ability, a skill that is still evident in the breed today.


Well tempered, affectionate and dignified, the Bedlington Terrier is not shy or nervous in nature. It may be mild in repose, but full of courage when roused.

A Bedlington Terrier is not one to go looking for trouble. However, if trouble comes looking for it, the breed will fight to the last breath. It will bark and alert you to a visitor, but once inside the visitor is likely to be licked to death. The Bedlington Terrier is very sociable and really loves people. It is playful, affectionate and its loyalty is unwavering.


Part of this breed’s appeal as a pet is the lack of odour and fur. Its coat doesn’t shed, making the Bedlington Terrier an ideal choice for the house proud or those who don’t want dog hair all over their clothes. However, this means the breed does require regular grooming once a week, with a soft wire slicker brush to remove any knots or tangles. The non-shedding coat also requires clipping every six to eight weeks for standard maintenance. Be careful not to over-wash the coat, or the wool will become lank.


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