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Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is a spritely little dog who has a hair do like a little lamb!

From Bedlington in England, the Bedlington Terrier (also known as the Rothbury Terrier, Rodbery Terrier or Rothbury's Lamb) was bred as a ratter as well as for other hunting duties.

The Bedlington is a small dog who is around 38 to 42 cm tall and weighs around 7 to 10.5kgs, with females generally being smaller than males. Their colours are tan, sandy, blue, liver and mixtures of these colours and their life expectancy is around 11 to 16 years.


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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Also known as

Rothbury Terrier, Rodbery Terrier, Rothbury's Lamb


Bedlington, England 

Bred for

Hunting, sport and companionship


Small; 38 to 42 cm, 7 to 10.5kgs

Weight Range

7 to 10.5kgs


Tan, sandy, blue, liver and mixtures of these colours 

Life expectancy

11 to 16 years 


Wooly, corded coat that does not shed


Intelligent, energetic, loyal 

Exercise requirements


Best suited for 

Active households of experienced dog people  

Apartment Friendly

Can adapt to apartment living but needs exercise and entertainment and may become destructive if bored 


Bedlington are intelligent, active and have an independent streak. They are well suited to a household of experienced dog people who have plenty of time for training and exercise. They can do well at agility and other sports. They like to be the centre of attention and don’t always like to be around other animals, so early socialisation and training with other dogs, people and animals is important to ensure good manners later in life. Exercise caution when introducing a Bedlington Terrier to other small animals, as they may still retain some prey drive and can be aggressive towards small animals. They may be a better choice for families with older or no children. Bedlington Terriers can adapt to apartment living if they are given lots of exercise, entertainment, and attention as boredom and loneliness can result in destructive behaviour. They can be quite protective and can be good watchdogs, but barking may not be wanted by apartment dwellers. 


Bedlington terriers have what is known as a “corked” coat which is woolly and does not shed. This means regular trips to the groomers are essential every 6-8 weeks. Make sure your Bedlington Terrier is on flea control and tick control if you are in a tick area, all year round.


When choosing a food for your Bedlington Terrier, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age. Help your fur baby avoid becoming overweight by ensuring that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

Common health concerns 

Skin and ear problems are not uncommon in Bedlington Terriers, as well as tummy upsets. Bedlington Terriers are also known for having a hereditary condition where the liver does not remove copper from the body, resulting in life threatening Copper Toxicosis. A low copper diet may be recommended by your vet if you have a Bedlington Terrier.  

Table: The five most common reasons for a Bedlington Terrier to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure claims data, from 2016 to 2020: 



Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)


Skin conditions, including allergies




Ear infection




Gastrointestinal conditions




Cancers & tumours




Liver disease



Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider

Most popular Bedlington Terrier names

According to PetSure data from 2015 to 2020 the most popular names for Bedlington Terrier were:

Most popular names

  1. Sandy
  2. Charlie
  3. Pepper 
  4. Bertie
  5. Dusty
  6. Henry
  7. Oliver
  8. Bob
  9. Cooper 
  10. Gracie

Most popular female names  

  1. Pepper 
  2. Dusty
  3. Gracie
  4. Maggie
  5. Rosie
  6. Ruby
  7. Sandy
  8. Skye
  9. Tia 

Most popular male names 

  1. Charlie
  2. Sandy
  3. Bertie
  4. Henry
  5. Oliver
  6. Bob
  7. Cooper
  8. Joey
  9. Mickey
  10. Ryder 

Did you know?

Possibly the most famous champion Bedlington Terrier show dogs, Ch. Rock Ridge Night Rocket was owned by the Rockefellers. 

Where can I get a Bedlington Terrier?

Bedlington Terriers are not very common in Australia. It may be possible to find a Bedlington Terrier via a breed specific rescue organisation. You may also find a perfect terrier or terrier cross for you and your family at the local pet rescue shelter who is in need of a loving home. 


  1. The Bedlington Terrier Club of America, Inc, Ch. Rock Ridge Night Rocket, Accessed on 11/03/2021
  2. American Kennel Club, Bedlington Terrier, Accessed on 11/03/2021
  3. VetStreet, Bedlington Terrier, Accessed on 11/03/2021

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

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