Fédération Cynologique Internationale

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United Kennel Club

Bedlington Terrier

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
UKC
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.
UKC
The Bedlington Terrier is thought to have originated in Cumberland County of north England sometime in the late 18th century. After being crossbred with several other terrier types and then the Whippet, their characteristic body type was set. The Bedlington was considered the gamest terrier and best vermin killer by the local miners, who are credited with developing the breed. The Bedlington Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1948.

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.
UKC
The Bedlington Terrier is graceful, well balanced and lithe without any sign of coarseness, weakness or shelliness. His body style shows him to be capable of galloping for sustained periods of time.

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.
UKC
The Bedlington is confident, intelligent and a keen hunter. He has an affectionate, dignified nature and is never shy or nervous. When at rest, the dog has a mild and gentle expression. When alert, the dog is full of immense energy and courage.

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.
UKC
Shorter in the skull than the foreface. There is no stop; the unbroken line from the crown to the end of the nose reveals a slender head with no cheekiness or snippiness. The head is covered with a profuse topknot, the hair color of that is lighter than that of the body. The topknot is highest at the crown and tapers gradually to just back of the nose.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Narrow, but deep and rounded.
UKC
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.
UKC
The nostrils are large and well-defined. Acceptable nose colors: Blue- and blue and tan-colored dogs have black noses; Liver-, liver and tan-, sandy-, and sandy and tan-colored dogs 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.
UKC
The muzzle is strong, long and tapering and is well filled up with bone beneath the eye. The lips are close fitting, with no flews. Lip pigment is black in the blue-and blue and tan-colored dogs, and brown in all other colors.

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.
UKC
A full complement of strong, large, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

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.
UKC
Small, bright and deeply set with the ideal shape being triangular. Acceptable eye colors: Blue-colored dogs have darker eyes and black eye rims; Blue and tan-colored dogs have less dark eyes with amber lights and black eye rims; Sandy- and sandy and tan-colored dogs have light hazel eyes and brown eye rims; Liver- and liver and tan-colored dogs have slightly darker eyes and brown eye rims.

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.
UKC
The ears are triangular in shape, the point of greatest width being approximately three inches. They are attached low and hang flat to the cheek. When pulled forward, the ear tips reach the corners of the mouth. The ears are thin and velvety in texture and are covered with fine hair, forming a small, silky tassel at the 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.
UKC
The long, tapering neck is deep at the base and rises well from the shoulders. The head is carried 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.
UKC
Muscular and flexible. Deep and fairly broad in chest with the brisket reaching to the elbow. Flat ribbed. Good, natural arch over the loin with a definite tuck-up. In proportion the Bedlington is slightly longer than tall.

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.
UKC
Set low, thick at the base and tapering to a point. Reaches to the hock.

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.
UKC
The shoulders are flat and sloping, with no excessive musculature.

Shoulder

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FCI
Flat and sloping.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forelegs are lithe and muscular. They are straight and wider apart at the chest than at the feet. The long, sloping pasterns are slightly bent.

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.
UKC
The long hare feet have thick, well-closed-up, smooth pads. Dewclaws should be removed.

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.
UKC
Well-muscled without coarseness.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderate turn.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The hind legs give the appearance of being longer than the front legs. The stifles are well angulated. The strong hocks are well let down, turning neither in nor out.

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.
UKC
The Bedlington displays a unique lightness of movement, somewhat mincing and springing in the slower gaits, and showing a 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.
UKC
Distinctive stand away coat. A mixture of hard and soft hair covering the body of the mature dog. Never wiry, but having a wool-like texture. Tending to twist, especially on the head and face. When shown, the hair on the body must not exceed 1 inch in length, with the hair on the legs somewhat longer.

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.
UKC
Acceptable colors include blue, blue and tan, sandy, sandy and tan, liver, and liver and tan. In the bi-colored dogs, the tan markings are found on the legs, chest, and underside of the tail, inside the hindquarters and over each eye. In all colors, darker body pigmentation is encouraged. The topknots on adults are lighter than the body color. Darker colored patches from an injury are acceptable, as they are temporary.

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).
UKC
Preferred heights, measured at the withers: dogs, 16½ inches, bitches, 15½ inches. Quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size. Preferred weights fall in the range of 17 to 23 pounds, proportionate to the height of the individual dogs.

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.
UKC

Muzzle: Head too wide. Head lacking correct proportions.
Neck: Throatiness.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC

Tail: Tail carried over the back. Tail carried tight to the underbody.
Size: Dogs under 16 inches or over 17½ inches. Bitches under 15 inches or over 16½ inches.
Gait: Stilted movement. Hackney gait. Crossing. Weaving. Paddling.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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