Belonging to the AKC’s Terrier Group and originally bred as hunters’ companions and vermin exterminators, today Bedlington Terriers are charming and loving family pets.
If you want to find out more about this breed before deciding if a Bedlington Terrier would be a good fit for your family and lifestyle, please keep reading.
In terms of size, Bedlington Terriers are small to medium sized dogs, standing 15-17.5 inches tall and weighing 17-23 pounds. The average lifespan of a Bedlington Terrier is 11-16 years, so this is a relatively long-lived breed.
Bedlington Terriers are playful and affectionate with family members. They are not lovey-dovey, however, and retain a streak of independence. These dogs can do reasonably well with young children and make wonderful playmates. They also get along with other dogs provided they receive early socialization as puppies.
While not overly suspicious of strangers, Bedlington Terriers have a strong protective instinct and are vigilant by nature and therefore make good guard dogs. They love to be the center of attention and will put on antics to grab your attention.
This is an adaptable breed that can adjust to some changes in routine. Bedlington Terriers are a good choice for apartment dwellers and novice dog parents. They can adapt to both cold and hot weather, cold more than hot.
A Bedlington Terrier is not extremely strong willed by nature but is not overly eager to please either and can be stubborn on occasion. Training this dog requires patience and a gentle, but firm and consistent training approach with treats for motivation.
Prospective owners of Bedlington Terriers should know that this is a high-energy breed that has moderate mental stimulation needs as well. A long walk or a game of fetch in the yard is usually enough to put this dog’s energy to good use. Bedlington Terriers must be kept on leash and in a fenced yard when outside because they have a very strong prey drive and wanderlust potential. The barking level of a Bedlington Terrier is moderate.
The Bedlington Terrier’s medium-length curly coat requires twice weekly brushings and a clipping every couple of months but it does not shed at all. These dogs are not heavy droolers.
Named after the region in Britain where they were first bred, Bedlington Terriers are graceful, devoted, and loyal companions and alert watchdogs. While quite energetic, active, and nimble footed, they are equally happy cuddling up with their humans on the couch.
If you are an active family who wants lively and charming dog that does not shed, then the Bedlington Terrier could be perfect for you. Check out listings of reputable Bedlington Terrier breeders on Puppy Hero and bring home your four-legged bundle of joy.