Guide to Judges

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.

Grandfathering' applications for judges now open

Published on4 January 2021 at 11:22am

  • Available throughout five-year transition period

  • Judges may self-submit questionnaires for CC, Group and BIS status

  • Judges of breeds without CC status included

Further to previous announcements regarding ‘grandfather rights’ for eligible judges during the five-year transition phase of the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), applications using this route are now open, it has been announced.

For progression to award CCs via grandfathering, candidates can self-nominate provided they are included on at least one Breed Club/Council A3 list and/or have a pre-existing JDP Credit Pass for the relevant breed. Each judge must also meet all the Kennel Club’s mandatory requirements for approval to award CCs (see below).

Judges of breeds that do not yet have CC status are advised that they too have grandfather rights which may make it possible to achieve Level 4 status in such breeds. In those cases it is recognised that breed specialists will not have the three Stud Book Numbers (as required for CC judges), but the Judges Committee will take into account dogs owned and/or bred and any significant wins. Breed clubs for non-CC breeds were not previously required to compile an A3 list, but are now encouraged to do so to include those judges which the club is prepared to support through the grandfathering route.

The online form via which grandfathering applications can be made is available within the judges section of website. Please note it is also possible to complete the form manually and submit it to us.

Those judges wishing to grandfather for Groups and Best in Show are asked to complete the PDF questionnaires which can be found under ‘Grandfathering applications’ and submitted to us via the same form.

It should be noted that all applications made using the grandfathering system are still subject to approval by the Judges Committee and Kennel Club Board. Judges are only able to make one submission per breed, Group or Best in Show and there will be no appeal process available. Therefore judges should ensure they meet the required criteria before making an application.

The current A2 and established approval routes will continue for the entirety of the five-year transition period, with a review taking place once the current routes and the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) have been run in tandem for three years. An A2 guidance document is available on our website.

Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. Any queries regarding the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) should be directed to

Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) .

Grandfathering criteria

A3 list judge (breeds with CC status)

  • To appear on at least one breed club/council A3 judging list at the time of submission to The Kennel Club

  • To have met all The Kennel Club mandatory criteria regarding seminars, stewarding, Stud Book numbers (established CC judges exempt)

  • To have judged the required number of dogs set by The Kennel Club according to the relevant stud book band1

  • To have passed a breed specific hands-on assessment held in accordance with The Kennel Club Code of Best Practice2

  • Submission after 1 January 2021

  • One submission per breed only permitted; if application rejected no further application can be made for that breed

  • If approved judge will appear in listings as pre-approved for relevant breed

  • No appeals will be accepted

A3 list judge (non-CC breeds)

  • To appear on at least one breed club/council A3 judging list at the time of submission to The Kennel Club

  • To have met all The Kennel Club mandatory criteria regarding seminars, stewarding, listing dogs owned and/or bred with significant wins (established CC judges exempt)

  • To have judged the required number of dogs set by The Kennel Club according to the relevant stud book band1

  • To have passed a breed specific hands-on assessment held in accordance with The Kennel Club Code of Best Practice2

  • Submission after 1 January 2021

  • One submission per breed only permitted; if application rejected no further application can be made for that breed

  • If approved judge will appear in listings as pre-approved for relevant breed

  • No appeals will be accepted

Judge with JDP credit

  • To have a JDP credit for the relevant breed

  • To have met 50% or more of The Kennel Club required number of dogs judged for the breed

  • Submission after 1 January 2021

  • One submission per breed only permitted; if submission is rejected no further application can be made for that breed

  • If approved judge will appear in listings as pre-approved for relevant breed

  • No appeals will be accepted

Aspiring group and Best in Show judge

  • Group submission - to have awarded CCs in the required number of breeds to be approved to judge the relevant group3

  • Best in Show submission - to meet the requirements for a Best in Show appointment, and be able to demonstrate a broad experience of judging across all groups4

  • Submission after 1 January 2021

  • Only one submission per group and/or Best in Show category permitted. If application rejected no further application can be made for that category

  • If approved will be appear in listings as pre-approved for relevant group or as Best in Show judge

  • No appeals will be accepted

1 Stud book band A (including non-CC breeds) – 40 dogs; stud book band B – 70 dogs; stud book band C – 120 dogs; stud book band D – 180 dogs; stud book band E – 250 dogs.

Note: the following stud book band A breeds require a minimum of 30 dogs judged: Australian Cattle Dog; Australian Terrier; Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand); Bloodhound; Bouvier Des Flandres; Brittany; Finnish Spitz; Glen of Imaal Terrier; Ibizan Hound; Kerry Blue Terrier; Lakeland Terrier; Mastiff; Norwegian Buhund; Norwich Terrier; Otterhound; Pharaoh Hound; Polish Lowland Sheepdog; Retriever (Chesapeake Bay); Sealyham Terrier; Skye Terrier; Spaniel (Irish Water); Swedish Vallhund; Welsh Terrier.

Breeds with varieties require the following criteria (automatic approval is given for a further variety or varieties once approved for a CC appointment in an initial variety): Bull Terriers – 80 dogs of any variety; Chihuahua (Long Coat & Smooth Coat) – 200 dogs of any variety; Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Groenendael, Tervueren, Laekenois & Malinois) – 70 dogs of any variety; Fox Terrier – 70 dogs of any variety; German Spitz (Mittel & Klein) – 70 dogs of any variety; Poodle (Toy, Miniature & Standard) – 150 dogs including at least 30 of each variety; Dachshund (all varieties) – 250 dogs any variety.

2 Mandatory for approval to award CCs in first three breeds and desirable for subsequent breeds.

3 Current criteria – First time group judges must have carried out CC appointments to a minimum of four breeds (three in the working group) in the relevant group. For second and subsequent groups, three breeds are required. The Judges Committee will take into account the diversity and Stud Book Bands of the previously approved breeds together with the number of dogs judged in the breeds for which the judge is not yet approved and any JDP Credits obtained.

4 Current criteria – Judges must be approved to judge one group and to award Challenge Certificates to at least one breed from two other groups. Judges will be expected to have experience in judging across all groups and all relevant experience will be taken into account.

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General

DO select a truly balanced animal, which conforms to the Breed Standard.

Being about 16" at the withers, it will be of good type, have good muscle tone and be without exaggerations.

It will carry a thick and linty coat of good colour and move in a very distinctive style.

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.

Head and Skull

DO look for a skull that is deeper than it is wide and without protruding cheekbones. DON'Taccept a weak jaw or pinched nostrils.

Eyes

DO mark down weeping or tear-stained eyes.

Ears

DON'T encourage the thick leathery ear, with the hard fibrous sinew.

Mouth

Teeth large and strong, Scissor bite,

i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Body

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.

Forequarters



DO ensure the forelegs are straight and wider apart at the dog's chest than at the feet.


DON'T favour the narrow / gun-barrel fronts, or worse those tight at elbow standing with feet apart.

Hindquarters

DON'T encourage over-angulation, it is every bit as faulty as poor angulation.

INCORRECT
(over angulated)

CORRECT

INCORRECT
(straight stifle)

Tail

DO ensure the tail is set on low and is never carried over the level of the back.

Feet


DO look for the hare foot.


DON'T accept cracked and corny feet.

This defect should be penalised very heavily.


Hyperkeratosis

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.



More information can be found on the health groups web page

http://www.bedlingtonterrierhealthgroup.org/home/4594375737