Bedington Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Rothbury Terrier
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Low/Medium
  • Grooming:Medium
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walk
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Medium
  • Good with Children:Yes, with older, more considerate children and children that it has been raised with from an early age
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF, liver testing
  • Weight:17-23 lbs
  • Height:male 16.5, female: 15.5 inches
  • Coat Colour:blue, sandy, and liver, each with or without tan points. Bedlington pups are born dark, and lighten to adult colour by about one year of age.

Bedington Terrier Coat

The Bedlington Terrier is a very distinctive breed. The coat is an interesting and unusual mixture of both soft and hard hair. The body coat is curly, crisp, and lint-like in texture. There is a fringe of silky hair on the tips of the ears. This thick double coat breed comes in blue, sandy, or liver. They are non-shedding.

Bedington Terrier Character

This well-balanced breed is mild and gentle, never shy or nervous. They have immense energy, courage, and endurance. The Bedlington Terrier is full of confidence, is spirited, and quite muscular. They have strong sporting instincts and also make an intelligent and amiable companion.

Bedington Terrier Temperament

Bedlington Terriers have an affectionate personality. They are cheerful, playful, lively, and loyal. This breed is deeply devoted to their family, and loving with considerate and well-behaved children. They will get along with cats and other animals they have been raised with, but will not tolerate dominating or threatening behaviour. Despite their gentle appearance it is important to remember that the Bedlington Terrier is a terrier breed. If they are challenged they are ferocious and terrifying fighters. They are fairly friendly with strangers. They make excellent watchdogs as they are extremely protective of their family and will alert them to danger and visitors.

Bedington Terrier Care

This is a high maintenance breed. They require professional specialized clipping every six weeks. They must be brushed and combed on a daily basis. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. The Bedlington Terrier is prone to a serious inherited liver problem known as Copper Storage Disease. They also have a tendency for such health issues as thyroid problems, cataracts, and kidney disease.

Bedington Terrier Activity

Bedlington Terriers are an exceedingly active breed that requires a great deal of exercise and stimulation. They are fairly active indoors and benefit from family play sessions. They are excellent walking companions provided they are securely leashed. They enjoy outdoor play provided the yard is securely fenced and they are supervised. This breed is highly prone to digging. The Bedlington Terrier will do okay in an apartment if they are given sufficient exercise.

Bedington Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The Bedlington Terrier has a lifespan of around 12-16 years. Amongst the health problems and disorders linked to this breed are allergies, luxating patella, cataracts, detached retinas, and copper toxicosis. Parents should have OFA and CERF certificates, and testing to show that they are negative for CT.