AKC PuppyFinder: Bedlington Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Rollicking, charming, and full of fun; a loyal member of the family
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Bedlingtons combine terrier energy with the sprinting ability of small coursing hounds
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 16.0-17.5 inches (male), 15-16.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 17-23 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-16 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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This lithe, agile dog may look like a lamb, but he's got the energy of a terrier and the hunting ability of a hound. The Bedlington Terrier is a wonderful high-spirited family companion, as ready for playtime as he is for a cuddle. Your Bedlington Terrier puppy is highly trainable and excels at a variety of dog sports. With his energy and natural athleticism, he can keep up with even the most active family. A natural sprinter, he's a sight to behold at full gallop. At home, he's a gentle housemate as well as a smart watchdog. Give him the attention and exercise he needs and you'll have an entertaining pal for life.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1886

Breed History & Job Description: They look like lambs in the show ring, and they’re as gentle as lambs around the house. So it comes as a bit of shock to discover that Bedlingtons spent most of the 1800s doing tough, dirty work. Created in the northern mining shire that gave the breed its name, Bedlingtons were employed as coal-mine ratters, varmint killers, pit fighters, and the preferred poaching dogs of gypsies. Thanks to their ample charms, Bedlingtons eventually rose from the coal mine to the manor house.

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Bedlington Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Some health issues include Copper Toxicosis. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Bedlington Terriers are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Copper Toxicosis DNA Test
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
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