John Glover’s Critique
The following is Mr Glovers (author of the Working Bedlington book) short but sweet critique on the class he judged at the fun day “The dog he would most like to take working”
I promised I would get back to you all on the Brailes event.
To be honest there was no working dogs there other than maybe Stuart Yearleys dogs that are used above ground. However my task was to point out to the show fancy just exactly they had got, or indeed hadn't. Most of the dogs fail in coat (but not all), their backs are too short and their ribs are not flat. There are other minor points too. Condition, either too fat, or too skinny and overall conditioning-soft, lack of hard muscle.
I did do a talk and did speak of hybrids and their place in the working terrier world (and there is one, it is viable and some of you on this site know my plans regarding this)
To conclude old school judges like Stuart Yearley agree the shift in judging needs to happen, the biggest problem the post war dogs faced was fanciers breeding untypical dogs to win, Newcombe used to show but refused to conform, he walked away.
Frances Fuller also likes a good coated working type dog as does John Holden. I am pleased to say Frances Fuller raised over £300 for Bedlington rescue which funds the re-homing of all unwanted Bedlingtons both work, pet and show.
My winner may not have been a typical working dog but it did have some promising points, but it’s a long, long road. Some listened and agreed others just weren't interested which is a great shame. I did like the dog I placed 2nd, he would have got it but wouldn’t stand still long enough to really present himself."
In my opinion It is certainly all down to the judges understanding of the breed standard, are they awarding bedlingtons fit for purpose? At this moment in time you cannot exhibit many a show champion with a successful working bedlington in the same class, never the twain shall meet!