How Much Does a Bedlington Terrier Cost?

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Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

A Bedlington Terrier, also referred to as the Rothbury Terrier, is part of the terrier breed named after the town of Bedlington, Northumberland, located in England.  The unique thing about the Bedlington Terrier is that it resembles the look of a lamb.  Its lamb-like coat comes in a darker blue and sandy brown type complexion.

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How much does a Bedlington Terrier cost?

On average, a Bedlington Terrier is going to cost anywhere from $800 to as much as $2,700.  Generally, your show quality based dogs that came from champion parents are going to be toward the higher end, while the older dogs, which can sometimes be found at a rescue, could cost $300 to $500.  The costs, in the end, will depend on the quality, age, its parent’s history, the breeder and where you live.

According to, a popular online dog classified website, they have listings that range anywhere from $900 to as much as $2,800.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should always include a health checkup from a reputable vet, a health guarantee, up-to-date vaccinations, and if shipped via an airline, a travel crate.  Most breeders will also include AKC registration papers if registered, a microchip and the puppy should be either spayed or neutered unless talked about ahead of time.

What are the extra costs?

Shipping the dog via an airline can cost anywhere from $250 to more than $450, depending on the airline and how far it has to travel.  If the breeder comes with the dog, which can often happen since some breeders don’t like to ship their dogs alone, the price may double.

Recurring expenses in the future such as dog food, accessories, medication, supplements, treats and routine/surprise vet visits need to be considered.  The average dog, when healthy, can cost $600 to $850 per year.

Since the dog can be quite stubborn at times, obedience classes, especially when it’s younger, is highly recommended.  Obedience classes can start at $50 and can be a great way to teach it the basics such as sit, stay and lie down.

The dog’s coat should be brushed daily; however, it’s still recommended it sees a professional groomer at least every six weeks to keep free from tangles and mats.

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As for its temperament, it’s known to be loving, intelligent and will be very playful with everyone around.  While it’s not known to bark often, it can be a fierce fighter if challenged or if they hear something unfamiliar.  There’s a reason this dog is said to have the look of a “lamb” and the heart of a “lion.”

As stated earlier, the coat will resemble that of a lamb — it will be short, curly and will be similar to sheep’s wool.  This dog won’t shed and common colors may include sandy, blue or liver, all with tan points.  The most popular color on the market as of today is blue, but regardless of the coat’s color, it will fade as time goes on.  The Kennel’s Club breed standard says the colors can be either blue, liver or sandy, with or without the tan.

The average lifespan, if taken care of, can be 15 to 17 years.

As for size, the dog can measure at 15 to 17 inches tall and can weigh up to 18 to 24 pounds.

The dog is actually known to jump fairly high and is also quite fast when compared to other breeds.  Because of this, it’s important to offer at least 60 minutes of vigorous exercises to allow it to unleash its energy.

This breed is highly susceptible to Copper Storage Disease, a disease that affects 5 percent of the breed.  It can only be diagnosed with a live biopsy. says only 200 new puppies are registered every year.  When you compare that to 60,000 golden retriever puppies, it shows you how rare it can be to find this particular breed.

The AKC Marketplace has a handful of reputable breeders spread throughout the United States.

A Bedlington Terrier crossed with a Whippet is referred to as a lurcher.

How can I save money?

Check local shelters or a Bedlington Terrier rescue before considering a puppy.  While it is extremely rare to find this type of breed at the shelter, it doesn’t hurt to look since you may fall in love with a dog that costs a fraction of the price.

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