THE BEDLINGTON TERRIER 227 and has plenty of courage. If anything, indeed, his pluck is too insistent.
The standard of points as adopted by the National Bedlington Terrier and The Yorkshire Bedlington Terrier Clubs is as follows :
Skull-Narrow, but deep and rounded ; high at the occiput, and covered with a nice silky tuft or topknot. Muzzle-Long, tapering, sharp and muscular, as little stop as possible between the eyes, so as to form nearly a line from the nose-end along the joint of skull to the occiput. The lips close fitting and without flew. Eyes-Should be small and well sunk in the head. The blues should have a dark eye, the blues and tans ditto, with amber shades ; livers and sandies, a light brown eye. Nose-Large, well angled ; blues and blues and tans should have black noses, livers and sandies flesh-coloured. TeethLevel or pincher-jawed. Ears-Moderately large, well formed, flat to the cheek, thinly covered and tipped with fine silky hair. They should be filbert shaped. Legs-Of moderate length, not wide apart, straight and square set, and with good-sized feet, which are rather long. Tall-Thick at the root, tapering to a point, slightly feathered on lower side, 9 inches to 11 inches long and scimitar shaped. Neck and Shoulders-Neck long, deep at base, rising well from the shoulders, which should be flat. Body-Long and well-proportioned, flat ribbed, and deep, not wide in chest, slightly arched back, well ribbed up, with light quarters. Coat-Hard, with close bottom, and not lying flat to sides. Colour-Dark blue, blue and tan, liver, liver and tan, sandy, or sandy and tan. Height-About 15 inches to 16 inches. WeightDogs about 24 pounds ; bitches about 22 pounds. General Appearance -He is a light-made, lathy dog, but not shelly.
There is a tendency nowadays towards excess of size in the Bedlington. It is inclined to be too long in the body and too leggy, which, if not checked, will spoil the type of the breed. It is, therefore, very important that size should be more studied by judges than is at present the case. The faults referred to are doubtless the result of breeding for exceptionally long heads, which seem to be the craze just now, and, of course, one cannot get extra long heads without proportionately long bodies and large size. If it were possible to do so, then the dog would become a mere caricature.
As a sporting terrier the Bedlington holds a position in the first rank. He is very fast and enduring, and exceedingly pertinacious, and is equally at home on land and in water. He will work an otter, draw a badger, or bolt a fox, and he has