FCI-Standard No 9/05.01.2011/EN
Bedlington Terrier

  • FCI Standard 9/05.01.2011/EN
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ORIGIN : Great Britain.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD : 13.10.2010.

UTILIZATION : Terrier.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 3 Terriers. Section 1 Large and medium sized Terriers. Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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

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

Body slightly greater in length than height.

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.

HEAD

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

CRANIAL REGION

Skull : Narrow, but deep and rounded.
Stop : There must be no stop: the line from occiput to nose-end straight and unbroken.

FACIAL REGION :

Nose: Nostrils large and well defined. Blueish and blueish and tan must have black noses, liver and sandies must have brown noses.
Muzzle: Well filled up beneath eyes.
Lips: Close fitting, without flew.
Jaw / Teeth: Teeth large and strong. Scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Eyes: 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.
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.

NECK

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

BODY

Muscular and markedly flexible.
Back: has natural arch over loin.
Loin: Arched loin with curved topline immediately above loins.
Chest: Deep and fairly broad. Flat ribbed, deep through brisket which reaches to elbow.
Underline and belly: Arched loin creating a definite tuck-up of underline.

TAIL

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

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS: Forelegs straight, wider apart at chest than at feet.
Shoulder: Flat and sloping.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Long and slightly sloping without weakness.
Forefeet: Long hare feet with thick and well closed-up pads. Pads sound and free from cracks or horny excrescences.

HINDQUARTERS :
Muscular and moderate length. Hindlegs have appearance of being longer than forelegs.
Stifle (Knee): Moderate turn.
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Hocks strong and well let down, turning neither in nor out.
Hind feet: Long hare feet with thick and well closed-up pads.

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.

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.

COLOR :

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

SIZE AND WEIGHT

Height at the withers: About 41 cms. This allows for slight variation below in the case of a bitch and above in the case of a dog.
Weight: Between 8 -10 kgs.

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.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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

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

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