Bedlington Terrier vs Wire Fox Terrier

Compare the Bedlington Terrier to the Wire Fox Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bedlington Terriers and Wire 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 Wire Fox Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Wire Fox Terrier requires moderate grooming, but the Bedlington Terrier has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Bedlington Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier are above average barkers.
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Bedlington Terrier vs Wire Fox Terrier
White & Black Wire Fox Terrier
Breed NameBedlington TerrierWire Fox Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan15-17 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Height15-17 in.14-15 in.
Weight18-23 lb15-19 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1782 AD1876 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
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthMediumHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow
SheddingNone-LowNone-Low
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 TerrierWire Fox Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingAverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageAverage
Remove VerminHighHigh
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBedlington TerrierWire Fox Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan15-17 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
ArthritisNoYes
CataractsYesNo
DeafnessNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Eye ProblemsYesYes
Kidney IssuesYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Thyroid ProblemsYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBedlington TerrierWire Fox Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Curly CoatYesNo
Double CoatYesYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
BlueYesNo
LiverYesYes
TanYesNo
WhiteYesYes
Slate BlueNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
White & GingerNoYes
White & TanNoYes
White, Black, & TanNoYes