Bedlington Terriers are amongst a group of breeds classed as ‘Category Two’ by The Kennel Club. These are breeds of dog that have been highlighted as having ‘points of concern’ – visible features which, if exaggerated, might potentially affect the breed in the future and cause health and welfare concerns.
Bedlington Terriers are a member of the ‘Terrier’ breed group. Dogs in the Terrier group were originally bred for hunting vermin. They are hardy, brave dogs bred to pursue the likes of foxes, badgers and rats (to name a few) above and below ground.
Bedlington Terriers are a very companionable, loyal breed and are likely to attach themselves to one member of the family in particular. Early socialisation is particularly important with Bedlington Terriers to ensure they get along with other household pets, so get them meeting as many different people and animals as possible if taking on a puppy – your reward will be a confident, sociable dog. For tips on how to socialise your Bedlington Terrier, take a look at our dog behaviour page.
Breed-related health problems:
Owners are, understandably, upset when their dog develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Bedlington Terriers are prone to include:
- Copper toxicosis – a build-up of copper in the liver, which can result in chronic hepatitis.
- Distichiasis – a condition in which small eyelashes grow on the inner surface or the very edge of the eye, which can then rub on the surface of the eye, causing irritation.
- Imperforate Nasolacrimal Puncta – the lack of an opening to the tear duct in the conjunctiva of the eye.
- Entropion – inward turning eyelids.
For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. The Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, so it’s a good idea to check the parents of any puppy you’re looking to rehome have been screened under these schemes. We’d also recommend discussing the medical history of your potential puppy’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a dog with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line.
You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA's website.
Exercise and grooming requirements:
Bedlington Terriers need around an hour of exercise per day. They have a relatively easy coat to manage, needing a brush only 2-3 times per week. They will also need a professional trim every 2 months or so to keep their shape.
Estimated lifetime cost:
The likely lifetime costs for a Bedlington Terrier are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:
- Initial costs of the purchase of the pet
- First vaccinations and booster vaccinations
- Pet insurance
- Flea treatments
The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.
Insure your Bedlington Terrier with PDSA:
1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Bedlington Terriers that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:
- 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
- 4 levels of cover to suit you
- Monthly payment at no extra cost
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By insuring your Bedlington Terrier with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.