Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
13.10.2010.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Terrier.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 1Large and medium-sized Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
It is claimed that the Bedlington can boast a longer traceable pedigree than any other terrier and once was known as the Rothbury Terrier, hailing from the former mining areas of the north of England. His fame spread outside his native region and an association was started for the breed in 1877. Although his expression is mild he is quite capable of fending for himself, but will not seek a scrap. He is a tough little dog, this unique breed has a lamb-like look about it, but don’t be fooled, and he is a terrier through and through. A North Country dog, originally his role was to catch rabbits for the family pot, and a sporting dog he still remains.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
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.
KC
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.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Body slightly greater in length than height.
KC
Spirited and game, full of confidence. An intelligent companion with strong sporting instincts.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
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.
KC
Good-tempered, having an affectionate nature, dignified, not shy or nervous. Mild in repose but full of courage when roused.

HEAD

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FCI
Covered with profuse silky top-knot which should be nearly white.
KC
Skull narrow, but deep and rounded; covered with profuse silky ‘top-knot’ which should be nearly white. Jaw long and tapering. There must be no ‘stop’, the line from occiput to nose end straight and unbroken. Well filled up beneath eye, close fitting lips, without flew. Nostrils large and well defined.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Narrow, but deep and rounded.

Stop

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

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Nostrils large and well defined. Blue and blue and tan must have black noses, liver and sandies must have brown noses.

Muzzle

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FCI
Well filled up beneath eyes.
KC
Teeth large and strong. Scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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FCI
Close fitting, without flew.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Teeth large and strong. Scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes

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FCI
Relatively small, bright. Ideal eye has appearance of being triangular. Blues have a dark eye; blue and tans have lighter eye with amber lights, livers and sandies have a light hazel eye.
KC
Relatively small and bright. Ideal eye has appearance of being triangular. Blues have a dark eye; blue and tans have a lighter eye with amber lights, livers and sandies have a light hazel eye.

Ears

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FCI
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.
KC
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.

NECK

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

BODY

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FCI
Muscular and markedly flexible.
KC
Muscular and markedly flexible. Chest deep and fairly broad. Flat ribbed, deep through brisket which reaches to elbow. Back has natural arch over loin creating a definite tuck-up of underline. Body slightly greater in length than height.

Back

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FCI
Has natural arch over loin.

Loin

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FCI
Arched loin with curved topline immediately above loins.

Chest

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

Underline and belly

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FCI
Arched loin creating a definite tuck-up of underline.

TAIL

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

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight, wider apart at chest than at feet.
KC
Forelegs straight, wider apart at chest than at feet. Pasterns long and slightly sloping without weakness. Shoulders flat and sloping.

Shoulder

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FCI
Flat and sloping.

FORELEGS

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Pastern

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FCI
Long and slightly sloping without weakness.

FEET

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KC
Long hare feet with thick and well closed up pads. Pads sound and free from cracks or horny excrescences.

Forefeet

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FCI
Long hare feet with thick and well closed-up pads. Pads sound and free from cracks or horny excrescences.

Hind feet

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

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Muscular and moderate length. Hindlegs have appearance of being longer than forelegs.
KC
Muscular and moderate length, arched loin with curved topline immediately above loins. Hindlegs have appearance of being longer than forelegs. Hocks strong and well let down, turning neither in nor out. Moderate turn of stifle.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderate turn.

HIND LEGS

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Rear pastern

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FCI
Hocks strong and well let down, turning neither in nor out.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
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.
KC
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.

COAT

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HAIR

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

COLOUR

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FCI
Blue, liver, or sandy with or without tan. Darker pigment to be encouraged.
KC
Blue, liver, or sandy with or without tan. Darker pigment to be encouraged. Blues and blue and tans must have black noses; liver and sandies must have brown noses.

SIZE

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KC
Height: about 41 cms (16 ins) at withers. This allows for slight variation below in the case of a bitch and above in the case of a dog. Weight: 8-10 kgs (18-23 lbs).

Height at withers

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FCI
About 41 cms. This allows for slight variation below in the case of a bitch and above in the case of a dog.

Weight

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FCI
Between 8 -10 kgs.

FAULTS

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FCI
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.
KC
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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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