Bedlington Terrier vs Smooth Fox Terrier

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

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 the Bedlington Terrier and Smooth Fox Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Smooth Fox Terrier requires moderate grooming, but the Bedlington Terrier has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Bedlington Terrier and Smooth Fox Terrier are above average barkers.
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Bedlington Terrier vs Smooth Fox Terrier
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Breed NameBedlington TerrierSmooth Fox Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan15-17 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height15-17 in.13-16 in.
Weight18-23 lb15-19 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1782 AD1780 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph28 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow
SheddingNone-LowLow
DanderNone-LowLow
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 NameBedlington TerrierSmooth Fox Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighAverage
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBedlington TerrierSmooth Fox Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan15-17 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesYes
DeafnessNoYes
DistichiasisNoYes
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Kidney IssuesYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Lens LuxationNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Thyroid ProblemsYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBedlington TerrierSmooth Fox Terrier
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Curly CoatYesNo
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
BlueYesNo
LiverYesNo
TanYesNo
WhiteYesYes
BrownNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes