The Bedlington Whippet cross is becoming an increasingly popular Whippet mix and it’s a breed I see more and more as time passes.
Bred from Whippets and Bedlington Terriers, it’s a very elegant mix combining the best of both parent breeds: the athletic build and incredible speed of Whippets and the high endurance and pluckiness of Bedlingtons.
In this post I’m going to provide a detailed overview of the Bedlington Whippet cross, focusing on the following topics:
Table of Contents
- An Introduction to Bedlington Terriers
- Bedlington Whippet Cross Appearance
- Exercise & Care
- Bedlington Whippet Images from Instagram
An Introduction to Bedlington Terriers
The Bedlington Terrier has a fairly potted history, and although now considered a breed in it’s own right, it’s full origins are not fully understood.
Bedlingtons appear to be closely related to Dandie Dinmont Terriers. However, they’re larger and their body shape suggests that (ironically for this article) there is Whippet somewhere in their line.
Their name comes from the village of Bedlington, a village in Northumberland in the north east of England. It’s in this area where Bedlington Terriers seem to have arisen, where they were likely bred as working dogs to help keep rodents at bay around coal mines.
Their popularity expanded beyond mining regions, probably as much for their endurance and athleticism as well as their loving nature and appealing curly coats.
The Bedlington Terrier is still a very popular dog breed, and likely as a consequence, the Bedlington Whippet cross attracts a very loyal fanbase too.
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Bedlington Whippet Cross Appearance
As with all Whippet cross breeds, while Bedlington Whippet mixes likely share the physical appearance of both parents, it’s possible that they may retain more of the characteristics of one parent than the other. The following describes the most common look that “Beddy Whippets” will probably have.
The Bedlington Terrier is classed as a small dog breed with a height range between 15.5″ (39cm) and 17.5″ (44cm) with males tending to be larger than females.
Since Whippets are medium sized dogs, Bedlington Whippet cross breeds will likely be larger than purebred Bedlington Terriers, and will be small to medium-sized.
As such, it’s probable that Beddy Whippets will have a height in the range of 15″ (38 cm) to 16″ (41cm) with a corresponding weight of between 7kg (15lbs) to 11kg (24.5lbs).
Like Whippets, Beddys are elegant and muscular dogs though they have a pear-shaped head with a bloom of silky fur on the top. This is one of the defining characteristics of the breed, and it’s something that’s often passed on to Bedlington Whippet crosses in the form of a much furrier face.
Bedlington Terriers have floppy ears that tend to hang down towards their cheeks, as opposed to Whippets who have upright, rose-shaped ears. Consequently, Bedlington Whippets usually have floppier and more furry ears than purebred Whippets.
Since Bedlington Terriers have a thick double coat with a mix of hard and soft fur (often described as “linty”), Bedlington Whippet crosses have in a fluffy and wispy coat.
As with any mixed breed dog, temperaments can vary just in the same way as physical appearance. All dog breeds have a general tendency towards a certain temperament, but individual dogs can have personality traits that differ from what’s expected.
Bedlington Terriers are known as courageous, intelligent and tenacious. They can be excitable at play too and like Whippets are often a little headstrong.
They’re a versatile breed, equally happy to be outside playing energetically or or staying indoors as a loving, loyal and quiet homebody.
In terms of socialising with other dogs, Bedlington Terriers can be a little aloof, so early socialisation is important.
Whippets too are happy at home as long as they’re given sufficient exercise. They too are loving and companionable, but as with Bedlingtons they have a tendency to chase, but both breeds are good in a family environment and neither is known to be aggressive.
The Bedlington Whippet cross will likely be:
- Friendly, especially with family members
- A touch aloof with strangers
Find out more about Whippet temperament in my detailed guide.
Cross bred dogs can inherit some or all of the health issues of their parents and the Bedlington Whippet cross is no different. That said, Bedlington Terriers and Whippets are generally considered healthy breeds, though they’re both prone to certain illnesses and health conditions.
It should be noted that both breeds share a risk of a bleeding disorder called Canine von Willebrand’s Disease.
- Canine von Willebrand’s Disease
- Mitral Valve Degeneration
- Sinus problems
With proper care and regular veterinary checks for health issues, Bedlington Whippets have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
If you’re thinking of buying a Whippet puppy, make sure to buy from a reputable breeder who can demonstrate proper breeding practices. Avoid puppy mills at all costs.
Exercise & Care for a Bedlington Whippet Cross
Bedlingtons have bags of energy and can run for miles. Where Bedlingtons are fast runners, Whippets are sprint merchants and can clock speeds of up to 35mph when they step on the gas.
Bedlington Whippets will require long walks / runs off the leash in an enclosed are for at least an hour each day. They’ll enjoy high-energy play too, so while a private enclosed garden is not a necessity, it will be an asset.
It’s import that they’re given the exercise and play they need each day, otherwise they may become destructive at home.
Walks around the block will be good as an addition to more demanding exercise, but a leash or Whippet harness will be a must: Beddy Whippets will attempt to chase anything small and furry that catches their eye.
Whippets are known to have a tricky time sharing their home with other smaller animals… they’re just too tempting to chase. In my experience, Whippets don’t live well with cats and this may be something a Bedlington Whippet cross may struggle with too.
You should also be advised that Beddy Whippets are not great left alone for long periods: anything over 4 hours is probably a big no-no. They love their families and enjoy just hanging out with them. Left alone for too long, they may suffer anxiety, boredom and they may become destructive.
All dog breeds shed and there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. However there is a shedding continuum: some dogs shed far more than others.
The good news for those averse to shedding is that Whippets don’t shed much, and despite their thicker coats, neither do Bedlingtons.
Bedlington Whippet crosses inherit this trait, even though they have a longer coat than most Whippet mixes have. That said, they will require more grooming than a purebred Whippet, since their coats can become tangled and matted.
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Most Bedlington Whippets need grooming with a comb or strong bristle brush at least once a week. This will help to reduce knotting and remove loose hairs. However, it’s not necessary to bathe them at the same frequency, so as to avoid washing away natural protective oils in the coat.
Unless they’re completely filthy from a muddy walk, you should only need to wash a Bedlington Whippet every 4 – 6 weeks.
Though it’s not necessary to clip their fur (assuming you groom them regularly), you’ll likely need to trim the fur around their ears and paws to prevent them overgrowing.
As for nails, check them every week and trim them too when necessary. Overgrown nails are painful to dogs and can affect their gait.
Bedlington Terrier Whippet Mix Images from Instagram
The Bedlington Whippet mix is an ideal family dog but with working dog chops. They are energetic and so require lots of exercise… if you don’t have at least an hour a day to spare to take them on walks this may not be the right breed for you.
Early socialisation is important to ensure confidence with others. Formal training will be helpful here and at the same time will also smooth out a tendency to be independent and strong-willed. Though in fairness this tendency will probably never leave them entirely!
Smaller pets in the same home may be a problem. Bedlington Whippet crosses are sighthounds and they have a strong prey drive, which is almost impossible for them to overcome.
However, a loving home that provides suitable care will result in a great companion: loyal, loving and fun to be around!
The Bedlington Whippet Cross at a Glance
- Weight: 7kg (15lbs) to 11kg (24.5lbs)
- Height: 15″ (38 cm) to 16″ (41cm)
- Temperament: Calm and affectionate at home and full of fun at playtime
- Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
- Exercise Requirement: High… 1 – 2 hours of exercise and play each day
- Suitable for Families: Yes
Do you own a Bedlington Whippet cross? Or perhaps you simply love Bedlington Whippets? I’d love to hear from you in either case. Why not tell me more in the comment section below?