The Bedlington Terrier requires regular grooming in order to keep its unique appearance. This little dog resembles a lamb when properly groomed. Without regular trips to the groomer, your dog will start to resemble an old shag rug. Regular grooming will help keep the shape of the fur and reduce your grooming costs.
Grooming the tail is one of the easiest parts of the Bedlington. The very base of the tail should be trimmed to a “V” shape. The underside of the tail, and the remaining top of the tail should be trimmed very short. The “potty” area should be shaved.
The belly is another easy task. Using electric shears, follow along the rib cage. All hair between the rib cage and the rear legs should be shaved. Blend into the underside of the rear legs to make a neat finish.
The legs are done with scissors. They are left longer than the body. Properly groomed legs should give the Bedlington the illusion of it floating when it walks. You should not be able to see the toe nails, but the paws should be trimmed of excess fur.
The fur on the body should be shorter on the sides with lines that give the back a sleek rounded look. The hair on the rump should be longer than that one the sides and back.
Head, neck and ears
These are the toughest parts to groom. The ears of the Bedlington Terrier has several folds. Care should be taken near the folds and the edge of the ears in order to prevent cutting the dog. The ears should be trimmed short, with a pompom along the bottom edge of the ear.
The neck should be trimmed close, down to the shoulders. Then it is blended in.
The head is the most difficult. With a proper cut, the head resembles a lamb. The trick is to not cut too far around the eyes and tops of the ears. The sides near the nose are longer then the cheeks. The head should have a blunt line, with the lines between the top of the snout and head blurred.
Finding a good groomer for your Bedlington Terrier is difficult. Ask any groomer to show you pictures of actual clients before you let them loose on your dog. Remember, for the same amount of money as a bad cut, your could purchase the equipment and do it yourself. Sure, it might take a couple of tries to get it right, but at least it will be your mistake. It beats paying top dollar to an inexperienced groomer.
Lynda Altman loves animals and is “mom” to three rescued dogs; Izzy, Sophie, and Romeo. She is very concerned about pet health issues. Prior to the birth of her 4th child, Lynda owned an exotic pet business. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.