Bedlington Pictures is closed but the blog will be left on line for you to enjoy the archives and 13 years of Crufts photos. Thanks for your visit. Lesley and Jon.
WOW! what a colour, and is it just me or is that bitch more free of over fussy hairdressing?David Bruce
I could easily run off with this little girl!
well done francise you look so proud
your dog looks like the black statue on the front of the blog,you would think it was a copy,,
I think the dogs look far better not having too much hairdressing..but you take a dog in the ring not groomed to perfection and the judge knocks you.
is this the ugly working terrier shirley davies is talking about?
A dog show is a beauty competition, however you define beauty. You wouldn't expect Miss world to turn up with hair like a haystack and tartar and a bit of cabbage between her teeth. Crufts is the absolute pinnacle of dog shows and perfection in all aspects of preparation should be the aim of all competitors. There is no excuse for not trying.
I can see the above ANONYMOUS comment engraved on the tombstone of the Bedlington breed.Who wouldnt want a handsome well presented dog? But this over grooming and "preparation" goes well beyond anything which is reasonable. David Bruce
Respectfully, I disagree that a dog show is a beauty competition. While it certainly has ended up that way, I feel it's the tradition of selecting breeding stock and we all know a dog doesn't pass its groomer's ability on to its offspring. There are several breeds that could be sculpted and coiffed to be great show dogs but at present anyway, their fanciers are adamant against over trimming. I do like my dogs to appear neat and tidy in the ring but try to maintain a trim on them that still shows their body outline. I don't groom to hide faults as who would I really be kidding anyway. That's come after a good many years of the 'uber' trim job but after seeing my own dog win when in fact it shouldn't have I began to feel I didn't want my dog to win simply because I was a good groomer. It must do so on its own merits. So I present the dog as honestly as I can while still making it look neat. If the judge likes it great if not great. Really, is a win under a judge who can't see past a trim worth it? Christopher LeeCanada
there is also no excuse for a bedlington not having any substance . they dont have to be worked just walked
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