Bedlington Terrier​ - Terrier Group

Bedlington Terrier

Breed Group: Terrier Group

Size Group: Small Dog Breeds


Height: 15.5”-17.5”

Weight: 17-23 pounds

Color: Blue, liver, sandy or any of these combined with tan

Lifespan11-16 years

Temperament: Doting, affectionate, energetic, graceful



Bedlington terriers are best known for looking like docile little lambs. Their looks only tell half of the story of their notoriously dual personality. They can be quiet and reserved like most sporting dogs and when stimulated their forceful terrier nature kicks in. Bedlington terriers are affectionate even with newcomers that their people signal are okay.

However, the moment they sense danger they will get between the aggressor and their owner. They can be tenacious when the moment calls for it.

Bedlington terriers are wonderful dogs. They virtually do not shed. They are lovable, devoted, gentle with children and they make excellent exercise companions. 

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Fun Facts

  1. Bedlington Terriers’ coat changes colors from dark to light as it matures. However even at full maturity if they experience an injury that harms his coat, the fur in that area will grow back black.
  2. There was a Bedlington Terrier named Barry that was featured on for learning how to ride a tricycle.


Bedlington terriers are typically a healthy dog breed, the one specific issue that plagues some of these pups is:

  • Copper toxicosis: This happens when a pup is not able to metabolize copper and it ends up storing in the liver which eventually becomes toxic. This will cause chronic illness.

Other less common issues include:

  • Luxating patellaLuxating simply means out of place or dislocated. Patella is a kneecap. A Luxating patella is a kneecap that chronically moves out of its normal position.
  • Hip and elbow dysplasiaThis condition is when the socket joint in the hip isn’t large enough, or more often too shallow, for the femoral head.
  • Retinal dysplasiaBoth an inherited and a result of viral infections, retinal dysplasia is an abnormal growth of the retina in the eye.
  • HypothyroidismThe thyroid gland, sitting at the top of the windpipe in the back of the neck, is controlled by the pituitary gland at the base of the brand. Hypothyroidism would cause the metabolism to slow down.
  • Von Willebrand’s DiseaseCaused by a deficiency of von Willebrand factor, a protein in the blood that helps platelets, this disease is a bleeding disorder.
  • Dry eyeOften observed through your dog’s red eyes, this condition is caused by a dog’s immune system attacking its lacrimal glands, shutting them down.
  • DistichiasisThis condition is where an extra eyelash grows through a duct or gland in the eye.
  • Renal cortical hypoplasiaTriggered from abnormally small kidneys, the nephron number is depleted. This condition can lead to renal failure (kidney failure).

While you always hope your pet will live a long and healthy life, it is always a good idea to invest in pet health insurance.

Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and problem free goes a long way to your pup’s overall health. Dental hygiene can be the cause or can be the byproduct of other serious health issues.

Visual inspections can be performed to keep track of the signs of potentially waning oral health. These signs can be anything from bad breath to abnormal chewing to loss of appetite.

Keeping ahead of these warning signs can pay dividends. A preventative approach can delay and stop many of the common dental problems from arising.

Oral health can be tackled in five basic steps:

  1. Brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent an undesirable buildup of plaque
  2. Feed your dog a diet where the high quality dog food has dental benefits
  3. Regularly give your dog dental toys and treats
  4. Use mouthwash, to help where brushing misses
  5. At the sign of any abnormalities, consult a vet. You can even do it virtually, from the convenience of your home.

Dogs are just like humans in that they can experience anxiety. The degree to which they are susceptible to anxiety and how they deal with anxiety is breed specific. Left unchecked, initial signs of anxiety could give way to an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to a myriad of behavior issues.

Knowing the signs and symptoms will best equip you to keep ahead of it and to nip it in the bud at the earliest signs. There are options available to help with anxiety.

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One of the wonderful things about Bedlington terriers is they are virtually shed-proof. They still require weekly brushing to maintain their mix of soft and harsh haired coat feeling lush. They fur will need to be trimmed every two months. Many owners decide to learn the grooming process themselves with includes both electric clippers and scissors.


Otherwise, a quick trip to the groomer is always an option. As with all dogs, keep your pup’s nails clipped, regularly check their ears to make sure they are clean and clear of debris and brush their teeth several times a week.


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These pups need about 45 minutes of brisk walking per day. Additionally, you can take your pup as running companion or a buddy to play frisbee. If you have access to water, these pups are enthusiastic swimmers.


As with all dogs who were bred to hunt, Bedlington terrier instincts encourage them to chase smaller animals. Always keep your pup on a leash when you are on walks.


On average Bedlington terriers consume about 2.5 cups of food per day. As with all dogs, the amount of food your dog requires will vary based on age and activity level. Well-balanced, healthy food is your first line of defense with keeping your pup healthy.

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As with most dogs early socialization with people and other animals is always beneficial to your pup. Bedlington terriers can exhibit the stubborn nature of all terriers when it comes to training. Rough training will not have the desired effect on these pups, instead steady training, started early with lots of positive reinforcement will do the trick.

Proper training is essential to ensuring the safety of your dog and those around you. Having your dog come when they should, and in general having them listen is something you want to address early in your pup’s life, as it will pay dividends down the line. There are many tried and true training programs to accomplish this training – faster and better than you might think!

Unless you’re living on a farm, or have the space, a yipping dog, or one that barks all day when you are gone could be an issue with the neighbors and/or landlord. Historically, dogs would bark to communicate with the rest of the pack when hunting and bark as a warning shot to predators eyeing up their flock. Barking is deep rooted in dogs and manifests itself in many ways and for a variety of reasons.

Just like any habit or instinct, there are effective ways you can train this issue away.

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A solid Glucosamine Supplement for hips and joints will go a long way to helping your furry friend.

Other helpful supplements include full-spectrum hemp oil or CBD oil. Fish oil skin and coat supplement.

Ensuring a comprehensive preventative vitamin and mineral plan is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Truth is, there are vitamins and minerals that your dog needs, but doesn’t produce naturally. While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in your dog’s current diet and dog food, the question becomes, are there enough vitamins to ensure they aren’t deficient.

Poor nutrition can lead to some of the most common health issues, such as weak joints, compromised immunity, increased allergies, and low energy.

Vitamins play a vital role in your pet’s health and overall life expectancy. Here are some multivitamin and joint relief options.

As regulations around marijuana have eased, the emergence of CBD oils for humans and dogs have sprung up.

Just to begin to dispel the negative stigma, CBD extract comes from Hemp, marijuana’s cousin. Unlike its cousin, there are no psychoactive qualities in CBD oil. An emerging number of clinical and institutional studies have shown the wide variety of healing qualities in CBD, including pain management, and the containment of seizures and epileptic episodes.

Explore this remedy further to see all the health benefits that have transformed the lives of so many dogs to date.

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