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Bedlington Terrier

Updated on December 15, 2007


The bedlington terrier has been described as a lamb with the heart of a lion. With his pear-shaped head, and his curly coat, in fact the Bedlington Terrrier does look a little bit like a sheep. The head has no stop, descending down in an unbroken curve from crown to nose. The eyes are small and deep set. It has a pointed tail and straight front legs with hare like feet. Bedlington Terriers can come in blue,tan, white, gray, black ,brown with its' curly double coat.


They are very playful, and happy dogs. They are very caring to children and fairly friendly with strangers, I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. They are loyal, lively and head strong. Its' best if you have any other small animals to raise them in puppyhood that way they grow to like them. Usually they get along with other dogs but, keep them away from those who want to dominate. A little powerhouse, it is courageous and energetic, with the ability to run very fast. It is an enthusiastic diggers. Bedlington terriers love to chase.


These dogs need plenty of exercise. If not they will become bored and mischievous without it. They need to be taken for a long daily walk.

Living Conditions

These dogs will do okay in apartment life but need sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active in doors and wil do alright without a yard.

Height and Weight

A male will grow upto 16-17 inches.

A female will grow upto 15-16 inches.

A male will weigh upto 18-23 pounds.

A female will weigh up to 18-23 pounds.

Health Problems

Bedlington terriers can inheret serious liver disease, known as Copper Storage Disease. They are also prone to hereditary kidney disease, PRA, thyroid problems and eye problems, such as cataracts and retinal disease.

Life Expectancy

Usually they live upto 17+. One women claimed that her dog lived upto 25 years.

Litter Size

Usually 3-6 pups.


the coat sheds to little to no hair, but needs specialized clipping every 6 weeks so it's probably best if you learn to do it yourself. The coat is thinned and clipped close to the head and the body to give it accentuate the shape. Shave the ears closly leaving a tassel at the tips. On the legs, the hair is left slightly longer. Have a professional show you how to do it. Brush the dog regularly and clean the pluck inside the ears. Although frequent bathing will not dry out skin as it does on so many other breeds, it should not be washed too often or the coat will become lank., which is not considered appropriate for the breed. Dogs that are shown are to require higher levels of grooming. This breed is good for allergy sufferers.


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      melanie elson 6 years ago

      hi all ive just come across this post and have some questions we bought our bt in feb she is 5 months now 1st question she has started to bleed is this normal at 5 months? 2nd question shes liver colour and her hair is not curly shes got all the right features as a bt but just her hair is straight on top is this right at her age? we love her to bits we never got pappers or anything she was just for a home pet but we did pay 250 for her and seen the mam and dad but the owner was very strange so dont no 100 percent if that was mum and dad any answers would be great help thanks alot

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      Mary 6 years ago

      I've got a 7 month old Bedlington terrier dog. We have just had him clipped for the first time!! He is great with my 2 kids (5yrs & 20mths). They say the breed isn't a very good guard dog but he let's us know if anyone is near our door. I love this breed.

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      richard 7 years ago

      the old skool bedlington is making a return to england.the kc and girly breeders have created a long distant breed of fanny dogs...we shall have dark flat backed granitor styled rothburys ...

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      That was my first thought, looking like the lambs, wow, I would have to see it move to believe it was real. Oh and I love Peek-a-Poos. Great guard dog for hearing something so far away. Hope to get a puppy one in the spring. Up and awesome.


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      choclatebunny 7 years ago

      i have a BT but i HATE it. i also have a greyhound. Greyhounds are a million times better then BTs.

      so choose a greyhound insted

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      EEP 7 years ago

      @BromleyLance Depends on were you live in the world,

      The Kennel clube in 'Oz' did a wild guess that over 70% of there dogs suffered from the copper disorder,

      Ring round breeders find out who has had there lines tested,

      A good line to look for if you are buying a kennel club Bedlington puppy, is any thing from the Dalip Lord of the rings line. (Again please ask to see the documentation to back this up, this is also seen as a legal document.

      Good luck with picking a puppy!

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      EEP 7 years ago

      Ok there are tests your Bedlington can have (there mother and farther (to make sure there lines are clean (from the 'health problems') any responsible breeder should have the 'certs' to show this when you buy a Bedlington puppy.(and you should get a copy from the breeder)

      The Kennel Club in the UK are now moving toward this as a norm when buying puppies.

      The 'cert' should have were the test was done,date,the name of the organization who carried out the testing.

      (ring up and find out about the organization.)

      One of our family dogs is a Bedlington and was one of the 1st lines in the world to be tested and backed by the Kennel Club in the UK.

      If your would like any info on what to look for from breeders in the UK please feel free to contact me

      Bedlingtons are the best family dogs we have ever had!!

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      BromleyLance 7 years ago

      We have owned 2 Bedlingtons, each purchased from different American breeders. Our first (Bromley: 1988-2000) died at 12 of Kidney failure. Our second beloved Bedlington (Lance: 2000-2010) recently died 2 days before his 10th birthday - of kidney failure. They were each wonderful, totally lovable, and playful members of our family. They looked like lambs, but had fierce hearts. When we purchased each furry friend, our main concern was Copper Toxicosis. We never expected kidney disease to hit twice! Now we are concerned that 2 dogs from different bloodlines succumbed to the same thing. Does anyone know how common chronic kidney disease is in Bedlington Terriers?


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      Molly  7 years ago

      I had a Bedlinton Terrier for 8 years before she passed and I now have a 3 year old, and couldn't ask for a better dog.. He is so loyal and loving, and most of all he does'nt shed.... I will always have a Bedlington, just be careful who and where you buy it from, because the first Bedlington that I had was full English and I got her in England paid a lot of money for her and she came from a very strong bloodline, but was also very sick and that is why I don't have her today, she never weighed over 8 lbs and now I was gifted from my son three years ago for my birthday a Bedlington which is part English and part American and he is about 25 lbs almost 3 times as big as the one from England and has soooo much more life in him, which has made it a joy but then on the other hand, he is rotten to the core!!! LOL He is so loving, they should be bred for nursing home dogs, but they are also so loyal that you would never have to worry about being alone.. They do like to be the dominant dog, unless of course you get two at once then there will be a competition..last but not least I must say that they are a little pricy, but they are well woth the money u spend, and really they are very easy to groom if you have patience and time, or it could be a little costly.. i would recommend this breed to anyone that has allergies to animals, but most of all that wants a cuddler and a great companion hands down.. If you have any questions about this breed please feel free to contact me at because I have 11 years of experience and probably can answer any questions u may have honestly, but most of all enjoyed ever minute of it... I also have contacts for good breeders here in the states...... Good Luck...

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      bedlington terriers 8 years ago

      We have a bedlington terrier called sweep, and I couldnt recommend them highly enough.

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      katyzzz 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      What a cute little chap, he'll do me, pity about the health problems though

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      Krista 07 10 years ago from Europe

      lol yea they do don't they!!!! =)

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      Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

      They remind me of lambs.

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      Krista 07 10 years ago from Europe

      Thanks guys 4 the nice comments!

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      Compu-Smart 10 years ago from London UK

      bedlington terrier! I have never heard of this animal before! They do look so huggable, great Hub:)