The National Bedlington Terrier Club respectfully draw the attention of prospective judges to the specific requirements of the Kennel Club's Breed Standard. Many are not common to other breeds of terrier, but are essential in retaining the general appearance, characteristics and temperament in the Bedlington Terrier.
DO select a truly balanced animal, which conforms to the Breed Standard.
DO penalise the shy nervous animal. DON'T be influenced by glamour. DO remember the sound animal will display drive and purpose in his gait. DON'T condone the eye-catching 'Hackney action' nor plaiting, dishing and paddling. Close hind movement is not acceptable.
DO look for a skull that is deeper than it is wide and without protruding cheekbones. DON'Taccept a weak jaw or pinched nostrils.
DO mark down weeping or tear-stained eyes.
DON'T encourage the thick leathery ear, with the hard fibrous sinew.
Teeth large and strong, Scissor bite,
i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
DO promote the animal with a markedly flexible, muscular body and a natural roach over the loin. DON'T accept the exaggerated humped back. The wheel back and flat back also deviate from the Breed Standard.
DON'T encourage over-angulation, it is every bit as faulty as poor angulation.
DO ensure the tail is set on low and is never carried over the level of the back.
This is a photo of a dog’s pads that’s suffering from this painful disabling condition. Many people in the breed will probably not have even seen a photo never mind a dog suffering with it & it should not to be confused with small cracks that all dogs can suffer from time to time.
This is thought to be hereditary by some as it was once seen in some lines more than others but by careful breeding rarely seen these days. The cracks open well down in to the soft inner pads & will get infected at times with puss weeping out also they have corns on the side of the pads that make the pads spread out & it is very painful for the dog to walk.
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