Bedlington Terrier standard

 

GENERAL APPEARANCE : A graceful, lithe, muscular dog, with no signs of either weakness or coarseness.  Whole head pear or wedge-shaped, and expression in repose mild and gentle.

(En yndig, lett, muskuløs hund uten noe tegn til svakhet eller tøffhet)

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Spirited and game, full of confidence.  An intelligent companion with strong sporting instincts.  Good-tempered, having an affectionate nature, dignified, not shy or nervous.  Mild in repose but full of courage when roused.

(Full av spirit og lek, full av fortrolighet. En inteligent kamerat med sterkt sportsinstinkt. Godt temperament med hengivenhet, og værdighet, ikke sky eller nærvøs. Mild når i ro, men full av liv i bevegelse) (RA:  Utklipp fra Whippet, dette kunne vært beskrivelse av en BT:  Lynne og væremåte: Whippet er skapt for jakt og fart, men er normalt er svært rolig og harmonisk hund, som er både hengiven og barnekjær.Den kan være litt reservert overfor fremmede, og den liker ikke ståk og støy. Rasen har dessuten en praktisk  størrelse. Den er en meget renslig hund)

HEAD : Covered with profuse silky top-knot which should be nearly white.

(Dekket med tett silke topp som skal være tilnærmet hvit)

 

Skull : Narrow, but deep and rounded.

( Smal, men dyp og rundet) 

Stop : There must be no stop : the line from occiput to nose-end straight and unbroken.

(Det skal ikke være noe stopp: linjen fra toppen til neselæret skal være rett og ubrudt)

Nose : Nostrils large and well defined.  Blues and blue and tans must have black noses, liver and sandies must have brown noses.

(Neselæret stort og veldefinert. Blå og blå/tan må ha sort nese, lever og sandie må ha brun nese)

Muzzle : Well filled up beneath eyes.

(Vell utfylt under øynene)

Lips : Close fitting, without flew.

(Tett tilsluttende uten slapphet)

Jaw/Teeth : jaw long and tapering.  Teeth large and strong.  Scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

(Jeksler lange og avsmalnende. Tenner store og sterke. Saksebitt, overtenner overlapper tett undertennene og rett på jekslenne)

Eyes : Small, bright and deep set.  Ideal eye has appearance of being triangular.  Blues have a dark eye; blue and tans have lighter eye with amber lights, livers and sandies a light hazel eye.

(Små, klare og dypt satt. Ideal øyne ser trekantede ut. Blå har mørke øyne, blue og tan  ravfarget, lever og sandie lys hassel farge)

Ears : Moderately sized, filbert-shaped, set on low, and hanging flat to cheek.  Thin and velvety in texture; covered with short fine hair with fringe of whitish silky hair at tip.

(Moderat størrelse, hassel fasong, lavt ansatt, og hengende flat til kinnet. Tynne og "myke" i fasong, dekket med kort fin pels med en frynse  av pels på tuppen)

NECK : Long and tapering, deep base with no tendency to throatiness.  Springs well up from shoulders, and head carried rather high.

(Lang og fallende. Springer vel opp fra skulder, og hode båret høyt)

BODY : Muscular and markedly flexible.  Body slightly greater in length than height.

(Muskuløs og markert fleksibel. Kroppen noe lenger enn høyden)

Back : Has natural arch over loin.

(Har naturlig bue over lenden)

Loin : Arched loin with curved topline immediately above loins.

(Buet lend med karpet(buet) topplinje over lenden)

Chest : Deep and fairly broad.  Flat ribbed, deep through brisket which reaches to elbow.

(Buet og passe buet. Flate ribber, dyp brystkasse som når til albuen)

Underline : Arched loin creating a definite tuck-up of underline.

( Buet lend som lager en markert oppstrukket underlinje)

TAIL : Moderate length, thick at root, tapering to a point and gracefully curved.  Set on low, never carried over back.

(Moderat lengde, tykk ved roten, smalnende og vakkert buet. Lavt ansatt, må aldri bæres over ryggen)

FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight, wider apart at chest than at feet.

(Forbena rette, videre ved bryst enn ved potene)

Shoulders : Flat and sloping.

(Flat og fallende)

Pasterns : Long and slightly sloping without weakness.

(Lang og svakt skrånende uten svakhet)

HINDQUARTERS : Muscular and moderate length.  Hindlegs have appearance of being longer than forelegs.

(Muskuløs og moderat lengde. Bakben gir inntrykk å være lenger enn forben)

Hocks : Strong and well let down, turning neither in nor out.

(Sterke og rette, uten å vende utover eller innover)

FEET : Long hare feet with thick and well closed-up pads.

(Lange hareføtter med tykke og tette sammensatt tredepoter)

GAIT / MOVEMENT : Capable of galloping at high speed and have appearance of being able to do so.  Action very distinctive, rather mincing, light and springy in slower paces and slight roll when in full stride.

(Kapabel til å galoppere i høy fart og ha ha utseende som sier at den kan. Bevegelsen karakteristisk, nesten trippende, lett og fjærende i lav fart og lett rullende i full fart)

COAT

HAIR : Very distinctive.  Thick and linty, standing well out from skin, but not wiry.  A distinct tendency to twist, particularly on head and face.

(Meget karakteristisk. Tykk silkeaktig, vel stående ut fra huden, men ikke krøllete. En karakteristisk tendens til å tvinne seg på hode og ansikt)

COLOUR : Blue, liver, or sandy with or without tan.  Darker pigment to be encouraged.

(Blå , lever og sandie med eller uten tan. Mørkere pigment oppmuntres)

SIZE AND WEIGHT : Height about 41 cm ( 16 inches ) at withers.  This allows for slight variation below in the case of a bitch and above in the case of a dog.  Weight between 8,2-10,4 kg ( 18 and 23 lbs).

(Høyde rundt 41 cm(16 inches) ved skulder. Det tillates en liten variasjon ned på tisper og over på hanner. Vekt mellem 8,2 - 10,4(18 og 23lbs)

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

(Enhver avvikelse fra foregående punkt skal betraktes som feil)

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

(Enhver hund som viser psykisk oppførsel eller unormal oppførsel skal bli diskvalifisert)

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

( Hanhunder skal ha to normale testikler riktig plassert i scrotum)


 

I would like to thank Linda M. Freeman for this great color chart, and Christoffer Lee who have put it together.

In my opinion, this is the best colored explanation I ever seen on Bedlington. This should be the guide in color for all breeding on Bedlington Terrier. I hope it will be useful to you whether you are an exhibitor, breeder, judge or simply admire our breed.

 

This liver bitch exhibits correct coloring. Please note that the top-knots is lighter than the body. Her legs are the color of the body, which is acceptable.

This correctly colored blue bitch is considered   "navy blue". It is a rich dark blue usually only seen in puppies. She is pictured age 11 years. Please note that her legs are the color of the body, however, the top-knots is lighter than the body. This is acceptable.

This 9 years old bitch is a correct blue with a lighter top-knot and legs.

Two puppies age 8 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that their top-knots have not yet lighten. The puppy on the left is a correctly marked liver and tan. The puppy on the right is a correct blue.

This is a young adult blue dog, with shading of color. This is correct. His top-knot is lighter than his blue body.

This is an incorrectly colored blue dog. Please note that at an adult age, the top-knot has not begun to lighten.

This is an acceptable blue dog. The top-knot is lighter than the body, but still very "foggy".

This is a correctly marked blue and tan puppy, age 8 weeks (before it's first haircut).

This is an incorrectly marked blue and tan adult dog. This dog is marked like a Lakeland Terrier.

No where in the breed standard does the word "white" appear to describe color. This dog is lacking color and is incorrect. Please note however that many dogs go "white" when changing from puppy to adult coat. Coat color and texture should return by 24 months and these young adults coats should be considered still immature.

This is a correctly marked Sandy Bedlington, 18 mnths.

 

Letters from Ken Bounden in the Terrier Magazine no. 1 2008, Norway.

Ken W. Bounden

4 Mercer Court, Bishop Westall Road,

EXETER, England

EX2 6NL

25 October 2007

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

As a Terrier Group Judge, a breeder of Bedlington Terriers for 65 years, I am increasingly concerned at the quality of the judging of the Bedlington Terrier in Europe. My credentials include having eight English champions, and others overseas, was best in Show at the L.K.A. (the largest one-day show in the world at the time). I first judged at Championship Show level in 1956, judged Bedlingtons at that level in Europe, Russia, North and South America,  South Africa, Irland and Australia. I have judged many breedes at Crufts. I have written what is  considered the definitive book on the Bedlington, a copy of wich I forward for your library. Should my Member wish to have personal copy I am the sole Publisher.

As far as I am aware the F.C.I. Standard for the Bedlington is still based on that of England, the country of origin. F.C.I. Judges do a valuable service in writing a critique of all the dogs judges on the day, but this can reveal, in some instances a lack of knowledge. I give below

 some instances where European Judges have given me cause of concern:

1.     A dog lacked angulation. I  saw photo of the dog in question and his hindlegs were        correct. The Bedlington does not have exaggerated angulation. Some people do cut the  coat to give the impression of angulation that would be correct in some breeds, but is incorrect for the Bedlington.

2.     A dog needed more drive. The Standard states "capable of galloping at great speed and should have the appearance of being able to do so. Action very distinct, rather mincing, light and springy  in lower paces and slight roll when in full  stride". It cannot have the appearance of great speed with the exaggerated amount of coat seen fashionable today. The ears should have a "fringe of whitish, silky hair at the tip". The large pom poms seen are ugly, out of keeping with the Standard and out of keeping with the working  terrier.

3.     A suggestion with one dog that the coat needed to soften. The true Bedlington coat is not soft but crisp to the touch with a twist - not a curl - with 'guard' hairs which are hard and scattered among the crisp.

4.     One Judge suggested that a dog's coat was changing. A Bedlington coat changes throughout the dog's life. As it dies it goes white and a new coat coming through should be of strong colour. The Standard refers to the coat as 'linty' this is not surgical lint, but that of dressed flax.

5.     A breeder is reported as saying that he preferred the large white dogs of Sweden. He has the wrong idea. The Standard states "about 41 centimetres" in height, allowing for slight variation above for males and below for females. White is definitely NOT a Bedlington colour. I have judged good colour in Finland, Russia, Holland and Germany, but the best are in England, althoug they are becoming fewer and fewer worldwide.

I hope you will see fit to publish my letter, which I am sending to all European Kennel Clubs.

Yours cincerely,

K.W. Bounden

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