Bedlington Terrier

Terrier Group

Two Bedlington Terriers sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

15-17.5 in

Weight

17-23 lbs

Life Expectancy

11-16 yrs

History

The Bedlington Terrier originated during the early 1800's in the village of Bedlington in Northumberland, England. They were very popular amongst miners, assisting with alleviating the mines of rats during the day and then entering the dog fighting rings as night. The Bedlington Terrier had many other jobs in their early days, including traveling and hunting with the Romanis, coursing rabbits, and dog racing. The first dog to be officially named a Bedlington Terrier, Piper, hunted badgers from the time he was 8 months old until he was blind and was said to have saved a child from being killed by a pig.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Bedlington Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★★★★☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★★★☆☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Goofy, playful, and love to be the center of attention

True terriers- love to dig and chase and have a tenacious personality

Very intelligent but can be stubborn during training

Laid-back and relaxed at home as long as their daily exercise requirements are met

Many feel uneasy around other dogs- especially of the same sex