Bedlington Terrier

Breed History

Bedlington Terrier laying on grass

Bedlington Terrier is a small dog with a fluffy soft coat that curls while still being hard at the core. Happy go lucky dog that has a lot of energy while being small enough to still be a great house companion.

Known as a Rothbury’s Lamb amongst other names that consist of the Terrier name. They come from the country of England in the town of Bedlington and that’s where they get their name.

Hunting vermin and other small animals they were essential on the farmlands and controlling problems of rat infestation. Although this is a staple with all terrier breeds that are also multi-talented.

Small but they show strong signs of being elite swimmers. History of doing dangerous work in the mining field while risking their life doing tasks for their owners. Fighting other dogs to the death was one of the dark places in their history.

19th century breed that shows their first documentation around this time. They now enjoy being a lovable pet that still has the beauty along with the hunting mentality.

Hometown legend and there is a lot of respect for the breed at home. Exporting shows them as the most popular in the region.

Often mistaken for the Danie Dinmont Terrier and close ties to the Whippet have been said throughout their history as well. You can see from the features that these dogs were breed together at some time but there are other colors that show other dogs made contributions to breed as well.


In 1886, they would receive their first recognition from the American Kennel Club. Second wave of dogs to ever receive recognition and the first were in the 1870’s.

Top 150 in registration they have not gained popularity the way other dogs have in the states. They will most likely remain less popular than the other breeds that have climbed the ranks.

Terrier Group is the place where most major Kennel Clubs would place them. Here are the major Kennel Clubs and their breed standards.


Male Height: 16-17 inches

Female Height: 15-16 inches

Male Weight: 18-23 pounds

Female Weight: 17-20 pounds

Boys and females will look the same size as most small dogs.

Litter Size

4 puppies are the average litter size for a Bedlington Terrier. Owners should be aware of how many puppies to expect. Caring for these dogs for a minimum of eight week is the best practice.


  • Blue – Tan
  • Liver – Tan
  • Sandy – Tan

These colors have been approved since 1967.


$1,000-$3,000 is the average price for a Bedlington Terrier. Prices vary depending on multiple factors including location, supply, demand, championship bloodline and others.

Dogs with papers are going to cost more than a dog without papers. You will get the generations of kennel clubs and names going back to England and joining the American Kennel Club until the day you receive your puppy many years later.

Without papers means that the dog’s parent, or parents, didn’t have the ability to get their papers due to crossbreeding at some point. Due to the lower quality you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars for a puppy without papers.


Taking your dog on a long walk or run will be the best decision before grooming. Getting the dogs in a state of exhaustion will help when you need the dog to stay calm while the grooming session begins.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brushing the Bedlington Terrier multiple times per week. Starting from the skin and getting a brush that can accomplish this is the best way to brush them.

Combing should happen at least once per week to avoid tangles and matting of the coat. Again, starting from the skin while combing is the best way to comb.

Bathe the dog after a long exercise section and they will love getting some cold water on them while they are hot from running or walking.

Ears can be prone to getting an infection if you choose to not pay attention the ears. Costly vet bills that can be avoided should be.

Life Span

12-14 years is the average lifespan for the Bedlington Terrier. That’s a long time to own a dog and owners should be aware of the time commitment they are going to make prior to making it. Great dog to consider adopting in their adult life and you can still own them for a long time.

Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia – is a condition when the dog has issues in the hip area. There are many disease that can persist, but it will make the dog uncomfortable during exercise. Noticing the dog disengaging from regular physical activity is a sign that you should get the examination immediately. Other than that, around 24 months of age get the exam.

Elbow Dysplasia – Growth on the elbow can cause issues that needs some medical attention. Taking the time to address these issues around 24 months of age will result in better care of the canine.

Von Willebrand’s Disease – blood clotting disorder that affects both humans and certain dog breeds. Doberman Pinschers and Terriers have some of the highest chances of developing this type of disease and it is genetic. Screening test will help determine if they have this condition.

Cardiac Exam – heart problems will end badly if the owner is unaware of the symptoms and conditions. And that’s why their kennel club recommends that you get a cardiac exam to figure out if they have cardiac issues.

Patella Evaluation – a fancy word for slipped kneecap and the dog will suffer physical damage if left unchecked. Partial or complete dislocation can happen at any time and smaller dogs have this problem more than bigger dogs.

Breed Group

Proud members of the Terrier Group and it is the perfect place for them. Energy levels and job description places the Bedlington Terrier in the proper place amongst its peers.

All these dogs are hunters of vermin and have made strong contributions to farm life. Many societies own gratitude for what these dogs were able to accomplish for society.

Here are some of the dogs in the Terrier Breed Group

Exercise Needs

Bedlington Terrier needs a lot of exercise. You will need to help the dog find fulfillment with the powerful use of exercise daily. For dogs with higher energy levels you will want to conduct multiple sessions in one day until the energy comes to a normal level.

One of the important things you want to learn is how much exercise is enough. Most people can never exercise enough to over exercise a dog and will normally under exercise at best.

People will say I walk my dog to the mailbox, or I take them the bathroom three times per day proudly. Your opinion is valid or invalid based on how the dog acts.

For example, when the dog is digging, barking, biting, nipping, jumping and all kind of different activities there is a clear indication that they need more exercise and are begging for it. Remove what either one of us thinks and focus on the dog and see where the issues arise.

Here is a basic guideline we suggest you start with

Morning: Hour (run, walk, or treadmill)

Evening: 30 minutes (run, walk, or treadmill)

Following this regimen over time will decrease the energy and allow your dog to start acting normal in social settings. Take the time every day to give them as much as you can and you will reap the benefits of your efforts.

Young dogs will need more exercise and running will help get them there quicker. Adding an additional session at the end of the day will keep them where you need them to be.

Adult dogs need less runs but still need to run from time to time. Senior dogs don’t need to run at all and will only need to walk an around the block.


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Exercise program is the foundation of any training program due to it being beneficial with nothing negative for it. Imagine exercise your dog that has too much excitement 300-600 hours per year for multiple years. I think we both know the behavior would have no choice but to change. Building up the stamina and endurance to do it every day will be the true test for all dog owners. The task is simple but not easy to accomplish. Most dogs will need 4-6 days out of the week with some strong physical exercise. Expect the spend most of your time in this area.

Commands are popular but don’t with the excitement and requires a shorten time frame of listening versus the long exercise sessions. Repetitions will take the dog a few days to learn all basic commands and start to perform them reliably.

Socializing the dog should happen directly after the exercise session. For example, you go on a 45-minute run on the bike and the dog is showing signs of exhaustion. Once that happens bring the new dog or family members around and the dog will respond so much better.

Correct the dog verbally, on leash or off leash. Timing is the real way to teach the correction and is the most important. A dog will bark before you get to their bowl or before you get close to their yard. When you correct you want the same timing and to correct them before they do something not during or after the incident.

Do Bedlington Terriers Bark A lot?

No, any dog will bark a lot when they are not being taken care of properly. Taking the dog on long exercise sessions at least once a day will bring a loudmouth dog into a dog that is recovery at home. Dogs will bark excessively due to frustration from not exercising and that is their outlet they have found.

More negative outcomes are coming up if you don’t choose to correct the lack of exercise. Look at a lot of barking as a form of the dog communicating that they are lacking in exercise. Helping in this department will decrease the barking significantly.

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