Bedlington Terrier Breed Profile


The Bedlington Terrier is a very energetic, yet high strung breed of dog. They are very corageous and friendly as well as extremely loving animals. Their favorite pasttime is digging.

Family/Child Friendly

Bedlington Terriers love children and are excellent for families. Families with hyperactive children may benefit from this highly energetic breed of dog, as the dog's energy may help the children to calm down some. They do however, make extremely lousy guard dogs.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan for a Bedlington Terrier is around 17 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 18 to 23 lbs.

Common Diseases

As lovable as this breed of dog is, they aren't without their share of health problems. Some of these problems include, but are not limited to copper storage disease, kidney disease, PRA, thyroid problems, and eye problems, such as cataracts and retinal disease.

Housebreaking and Shedding

This breed of dog of course belongs in the terrier group. The only thing is, terriers are notoriously difficult to housebreak. Shedding for this breed of dog is reasonable, and its a good dog for people with allergies.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed is not for the apartment or condo environment, because their tendency to want to dig can make them destructive. Because this is a people oriented breed of dog, this breed of dog is not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. This breed of dog is extremely high energy.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost for one of these breeds of dog is around $350 or more per animal. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This Breed is typically not aggressive unless they have been abused or neglected. Keep dogs that tend to dominate away from this breed because once provoked, this breed of dog can be fierce.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog loves to bark which is one reason why they wouldn't make a good pet for those who live in an apartment or condo environment!

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