Bedlington Terrier vs Cocker Spaniel

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Bedlington Terrier is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Bedlington Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Bedlington Terrier or Cocker Spaniel have high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both the Bedlington Terrier and Cocker Spaniel are above average barkers.
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Bedlington Terrier vs Cocker Spaniel
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Breed NameBedlington TerrierCocker Spaniel
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan15-17 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height15-17 in.14-15 in.
Weight18-23 lb24-28 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomSuriname
Origin Year1782 AD1800 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredHighLow-Medium
Top Running Speed24 mph20 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighHigh
SheddingNone-LowMedium
DanderNone-LowMedium
Drool AmountLowNone-Low

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 NameBedlington TerrierCocker Spaniel
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsHighBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingAverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionAverageVery Low
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBedlington TerrierCocker Spaniel
Lifespan
Lifespan15-17 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
Autoimmune Hemolytic AnemiaNoYes
CataractsYesYes
Eye ProblemsYesNo
GlaucomaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Idiopathic EpilepsyNoYes
Kidney IssuesYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Primary SeborrheaNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Thyroid ProblemsYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBedlington TerrierCocker Spaniel
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Curly CoatYesNo
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
BlueYesNo
LiverYesNo
TanYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Black & TanNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
Black, White, & TanNoYes
Blue RoanNoYes
Blue Roan & TanNoYes
BrownNoYes
Brown & TanNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Brown, White, & TanNoYes
BuffNoYes
Buff & WhiteNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldenNoYes
RedNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Red RoanNoYes
SableNoYes
Sable & WhiteNoYes
SilverNoYes