Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is a delicately framed dog that looks similar to a small lamb.

Bedlington Terrier breed group


Size of the Bedlington Terrier


Country of origin


Bedlington Terrier introduction and overview

The Bedlington Terrier is a small dog with a arched back, long head and looks similar to a baby lamb. It is a light, graceful and elegant dog with a soft linty coat that does not shed.

The Bedlington Terrier is the oldest terrier in the UK with its origins going back to the 1700s. The breed was created in the small mining town of Bedlington in the North of England. The first Bedlington Terrier association was created in 1877.

The Bedlington Terrier was used originally to catch rabbits and vermin. Today this charming and affable dog is kept as a companion pet.

Bedlington Terrier temperament

The Bedlington is a energetic, enthusiastic and friendly dog. It forms a strong bond with his owner. Early socialisation and regular training should be be introduced at an early age. It is normally good around children and other dogs.

Care should be taken around all other small pets due to the hunting nature of this breed.

Colour varieties of the Bedlington Terrier

The breed comes in 6 colours variations which include:

  • Blue
  • Blue & Tan
  • Liver
  • Liver & Tan
  • Sandy
  • Sandy & Tan

Size and weight of the Bedlington Terrier

Height bitch 38-42cms

Height dog 41-44cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 8-10kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 8-10kgs

Exercise requirements of the Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is an energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. It can live in a town, and even adapt to living in an apartment if it receives the physical and mental stimulation it requires.

Is the Bedlington Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The Bedlington Terrier is fairly easy to train, so suited to a novice owner. It is a nice size dog for the typical family home too. However, prospective owners should be aware of the high, rather demanding and expensive task of maintaining the coat.

Bedlington Terrier coat length and grooming requirements

The Bedlington has a medium length and non-shedding coat. Although this dog doesn’t shed, prospective owners will need to be aware that the Bedlington Terrier requires professional grooming every 6-8 weeks to keep the unique lamb shape of the breed. Consult a professional dog groomer for more advice on caring for this unique breed. Ears need to be plucked, cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


Yes. This breed does not shed, so may be a suitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded inthe breed and consult their breeder:

  • Copper Storage Disease

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Bedlington Terrier

A healthy Bedlington Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of around 13 years.

Approximate Bedlington Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay between £400-£600 for a pedigree Bedlington puppy. Litters are fairly common, but you may have to be prepared to wait. 395 pedigree puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 3-6 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Bedlington Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 10kgs requires 185gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 10kgs bitch or dog is around £4.50

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the terrier group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment