To buy: around £450
Average price to insure: £96.39 per year**
Food: £30-£40 per month
Potential health issues: heart murmur, reproductive issues, eye issues, copper toxicosis (liver disease).
‘Originating from the Northumberland mining town of Bedlington, this unusual but handsome dog has a long, hammer-shaped head, an arched back and a woolly coat. They’re often compared to spring lambs,’ explains veterinary specialist Mark Thomas.
‘They need around an hour’s exercise a day, so they’ll be equally happy in a town or the country, and they’re fine in smaller houses or gardens. Like most terriers, the Bedlington is friendly, affectionate and loyal but can be a little feisty, so if your children are sensitive to barking it might be something to take note of. Otherwise, they make a lovely addition to a home with older children and teens.’