Bedlington Terrier vs Irish Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Bedlington Terrier is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Irish Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Bedlington Terrier.
  • Children - Both the Bedlington Terrier and Irish Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Irish Terrier requires moderate grooming, but the Bedlington Terrier has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Irish Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Bedlington Terrier vs Irish Terrier
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Breed NameBedlington TerrierIrish Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesMaybe
Lifespan15-17 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height15-17 in.16-18 in.
Weight18-23 lb21-27 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomIreland
Origin Year1782 AD1875 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F40°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph22 mph
StrengthMediumHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighMedium
SheddingNone-LowNone-Low
DanderNone-LowLow
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 TerrierIrish Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageHigh
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBedlington TerrierIrish Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan15-17 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Kidney IssuesYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Thyroid ProblemsYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBedlington TerrierIrish Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Curly CoatYesNo
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
BlueYesNo
LiverYesNo
TanYesNo
WhiteYesNo
RedNoYes
Red WheatenNoYes
WheatenNoYes