We spent the day yesterday at the Cotswold Hunt open day. One of the attractions was the working terrier and lurcher show. Saying this there were no bedlington classes but a few bedlingtons in attendance. I enjoyed watching the terrier judging especially the Border Terrier and Lakeland classes. What I did notice (with my untrained eye) that the dogs in the ring resembled in coat, colour and size to those we seen in the KC show ring. Forgetting the trimming the bedlingtons in attendance were a far cry from the breed standard or what we see today in the show ring. I just can’t help wondering why our breed is so diverse?. One reason for attending was to take the dogs terrier racing. Unfortunately the starting stalls were to small for Parker and even Asha at just over 15 inches. I asked the organiser if I could race the dogs without the stalls he told me the racing was for terriers only, not recognising my bedlingtons! After recently attending working shows black bedlingtons of around 14 inches (some KC registered) that can easily go to ground take the prizes at these shows! There seems little difference between the KC show and working Borders, Lakelands and Welsh Terriers, but the work and show bedingtons are worlds apart!