Bedlington Terrier vs Welsh Terrier

Compare the Bedlington Terrier to the Welsh Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bedlington Terriers and Welsh 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 Welsh Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Welsh Terrier requires moderate grooming, but the Bedlington Terrier has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Welsh Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Bedlington Terrier vs Welsh Terrier
Black & Tan Welsh Terrier
Breed NameBedlington TerrierWelsh Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan15-17 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height15-17 in.14-15 in.
Weight18-23 lb20-21 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1782 AD1881 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighHigh
SheddingNone-LowLow
DanderNone-LowLow
Drool AmountLowNone

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 TerrierWelsh Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageAverage
Remove VerminHighAverage
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBedlington TerrierWelsh Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan15-17 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Kidney IssuesYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Skin IrritationNoYes
Thyroid ProblemsYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBedlington TerrierWelsh Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Curly CoatYesYes
Double CoatYesNo
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
BlueYesNo
LiverYesNo
TanYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Black & TanNoYes
Grizzle & TanNoYes