If you have trouble sleeping and are allergic to wool, you can try counting Bedlington Terriers instead of sheep. These dogs in sheep's clothing make lively, gentle, and chipper companions. Many enjoy chasing mice, squirrels, and other rodents. These are funny, perceptive, and versatile dogs.
Originally from England, this moderate-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 17-23 pounds and lives an average of 11-16 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Terrier breed group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Hunting
Breed Group: Terrier
Average Lifespan: 11-16 years
Bark Factor: Moderate
AKC RANKING 118
AREA OF ORIGIN England
DATE OF ORIGIN 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION killing rat, badger, and other vermin
TODAY'S FUNCTION earthdog trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 16.5 Weight: 17-23
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 15.5 Weight: 17-23
OTHER NAME Rothbury terrier
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Moderately affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Shy
Friendliness toward strangers Very friendly
Ease of training Easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs High maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT'S A BEDLINGTON TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
These dogs are alert, brave, and energetic. Bedlington Terriers are devoted family members, though they'll do best with supervised children. This is an affectionate dog who thrives on attention and company. With early and consistent socialization, Bedlington Terriers can get along well with other dogs and even the family cat (though outdoor cats might still be fair game).
WHAT IS BEDLINGTON TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
These dogs are very active, and they love the water. Their energy levels call for regular, moderate exercise: think substantive daily walks or off-leash romps in safe areas. When they've played enough, they're calm and polite housemates.
Bedlington Terriers make for vigilant watchdogs, but they'll be happy to welcome visitors to your home or greet strangers on the street.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A BEDLINGTON TERRIER?
Bedlington Terriers are very responsive to training. Start early and be patient and consistent; your pup will respond to play, treats, and praise. They can be prone to barking if under-exercised or neglected; be sure to teach yours to use his inside voice.
They are Earthdogs, meaning they love to dig and hunt underground prey; they also excel at rally, agility, flyball, and obedience training.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO BEDLINGTON TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Bedlington Terriers are single-coated. Their hair is long, curly, and crisp. They require frequent grooming to shorten hair and keep it tidy. Bedlington Terriers are infrequent, minimal shedders. The American Kennel Club lists them among the breeds recommended for allergy-sufferers. Their coats grow quickly, so they'll need regular cuts or clipping. To maintain their unique style, use a slicker brush, scissors, and a greyhound comb, or schedule regular trips to the groomer.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BEDLINGTON TERRIERS HAVE?
Bedlington Terriers are usually a healthy breed. Some have been known to develop Copper Toxicosis, an inherited sensitivity to copper; less frequently, some develop an eye ailment.
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ARE BEDLINGTON TERRIERS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club lists Bedlington Terriers among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers. This breed sheds infrequently and produces less dander than most dogs.
You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and allergy-aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, so they produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog like a Bedlington Terrier! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT'S A BEDLINGTON TERRIER'S BEST DAY?
An afternoon rearranging your flower beds would be their best day—and maybe not so much yours.
SHOULD I ADOPT A BEDLINGTON TERRIER?
They're equally good in warm and cold weather, and their moderate size makes them a good fit in housing of many sizes. Bedlington Terriers are a funny and fun-loving breed who want nothing more than to spend time with you and your family. Their grooming needs are a bit much, but they'll more than make up for it through their sweetness and loyalty.
Have you decided that a Bedlington Terrier is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.