Basenji vs Bedlington Terrier

Compare the Basenji to the Bedlington Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Basenjis and Bedlington Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Basenji and Bedlington Terrier are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Basenji and Bedlington Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Basenji is very easy to groom. The Bedlington Terrier has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Bedlington Terrier has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Basenji has a low tendency to bark.
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Basenji vs Bedlington Terrier
Red & White Basenji
Breed NameBasenjiBedlington Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.15-17 yrs.
Height16-18 in.15-17 in.
Weight20-24 lb18-23 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryCongoUnited Kingdom
Origin Year2 BC1782 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 85°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed26 mph24 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium-High
SheddingLowNone-Low
DanderLowNone-Low
Drool AmountLowLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiBedlington Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageHigh
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageAverage
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiBedlington Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.15-17 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsNoYes
Eye ProblemsNoYes
Kidney IssuesNoYes
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Thyroid ProblemsNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiBedlington Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Curly CoatNoYes
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
Blue, Cream & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
Mahogany & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
BlueNoYes
LiverNoYes
TanNoYes
WhiteNoYes