General Information

Dog NameBedlington Terriers
Other NamesRothbury Terrier
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeTerrier
GroupHunting and Sporting
Country of OriginUnited Kingdom (UK)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span11
Max Life Span16
Min Ideal Weight for male7
Max Ideal Weight for male10
Min Ideal Weight for female7
Max Ideal Weight for male10


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentAffectionate, Curious, Cheerful
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyHigh
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyMedium
Senior Citizens FriendlyMedium
Service DogMedium
Search and Rescue DogMedium
Biting PotentialLow
Country of Origin England
Nicknames and Other NamesRothbury Terrier, Rodbery Terrier,
Rothbury’s Lamb
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeTerrier
GroupHunting Group, Sport Group
Bred ForVermin Hunting, Dog Sports
SizeSmall Sized
Life Span11-16 Years
Ideal Weight Male: 17-23 pounds (both male and female)
Ideal Height Male: 16-17.5 inches
Female: 15-16.5 inches
Fur TypeCurly, Crisp to touch
Common ColorsBlue, Blue and Tan, Liver, Liver and Tan, Sandy, Sandy and Tan
AvailabilityModerately Available
Achievements88 Conformation Titleholders,
72 Performance Titleholders
Suitable for
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToSoft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Bedlington Terriers are unique looking little dogs and often described as being lamb-like. They are mild-mannered, affectionate terriers especially renowned for being wonderful companions for older people.

Bedlingtons are small dogs that are highly adaptable for being good companions and family pets. These small dogs stand up to 15-16 inches and weigh ranging from 17-23 lbs. They are featured with a long face and floppy ears.

Origin and History

The Bedlington is a small dog named after the town of Bedlington Northumberland, England in the early 19th century. In early times, before they got their name, they were known as Rothbury Terrier.

In about 1825, a Rothbury dog was mated to a Bedlington bitch to produce Bedlington Terrier. It is also believed that The Danie Dinmont Terrier and the Otterhound have also contributed their genes to this breed.

These Unique looking dogs were originally bred to hunt the Vermin, but since then they have been used in dog racing and other dog sports, together with that they were used in conformation shows and now as companion dogs.

Are They Child Friendly?

Bedlington are cute little dogs which carries a fun-loving and people-oriented personality. These small dogs are easy going with children of any age group. They have a very playful side and always love to entertain and to be entertained.

They enjoy playing interactive games with kids. They are known to be very affectionate and tolerant with children, but still as we know children and dogs should never be left on their own. Adult supervision is necessary at all times.

Behavior, Temperament and persoanlity

The Bedlington is a small sized dog with a large personality, they are intelligent, alert dogs and sometimes tend to be aggressive towards small animals when outdoors.

Bedlington is calm dogs and go on better with other animals including the family cat. They have low shedding coats which can be a good choice for allergy sufferers.

Bedlinton At Home
Bedlington dog At Stairs.
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If you are a first-time dog owner than Bedlington will be a good choice for you, handling them is very easy as they are quite amenable, people-oriented and eager to please people all the time.


Bedlington Terriers may look like lambs, but they are quick and clever like wolves. These little dogs are quite headstrong and can be stubborn at times which can make training more challenging.

To train a Bedlington, you need to have patience and rewarding is well worth, harsh training does not sit well with them, but yes positive reinforce can help you.

They need to be socialized properly from their young age, which means introducing with puppies, other adult dogs, and other animals as early as possible.


Interesting facts about Bedlington:

  • Bedlingtons usually grow less than 17 inches tall
  • Bedlingtons often live for upwards of 17 years.
  • Bedlingtons are excellent water dogs
  • Bedlington Terriers have recently brought the breed’s name to prominence in Hollywood.


General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Bloat, Diabetes, Obesity,
Hypothyroidism, Elbow Dysplasia
Vaccination RequiredCanine Coronavirus, Rabies,
Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus,
Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza,
Kennel Cough
SheddingNone to Minimal
GroomingHigh grooming
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 18%-23%
Fat: 5%-8%
Fish Oil

Some common health problems of Bedlingtons are:

  • Copper Toxicosis: Hereditary disease caused by the failure of the liver.
  • Distichiasis: It occurs when an additional row of eyelashes grow on the oil gland in the dog’s eye and protrude along the edge of the eyelid.
  • Retinal Dysplasia: It is a developmental malformation of the retina that the dog is born with.

Coat Colors Of Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terriers are found in six colors, they are :

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


Bedlington terrier puppies
Bedlington Terrier Pups
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If you are looking to buy a Bedlington Terrier, you need to pay from £300 to over £500 for a well-bred pedigree puppy .

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