The Club Championship Show photo's & critique can be found on the club show results page

         ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 2020 & 2021

The club held its Annual General Meeting for 2020 and 2021 by Zoom meeting on the 28th March as it was not possible for people to meet in person due to government restrictions.


One item that needs mentioning, Mark Walshaw the Breed Education Coordinator since it’s was introduced by the Kennel Club has decided to stand down from the roll in May.


I have attached below the link for anyone who may be interested in the role or you can contact secretary on,up%20to%20CC%20awarding%20level.



The committee are pleased to announce that the Kennel Club have given permission for the   National Bedlington Terrier Club to hold their two postponed Championship shows from 2020 and 2021 alongside the Driffield Championship show in August 2021.

The committee wish to thank Driffield Championship show committee for allowing the club to hold the shows at their venue.

The first show will be judged by the well know breed specialist 

 Mrs Margaret Phillips ( Rathsrigg ) 


this will be on Friday 27th August 

the second show will be held on Saturday 28th August judged by another well know breed specialist  Mrs Sylvia Morrice ( Mollora ) 

Please note on-line entry only 

entry to Driffield show ground is free but you will need a carpark pass these will be posted out to exhibitor after entry closes 

27th August judging not before 1pm
Wetherby Racecourse  
Mrs M Phillips (Rathsrigg)
                on line entry             
28th August judging not before 1 pm
Wetherby Racecourse
Judge -  
Mrs Sylvia Morrice (Mollora)
                on line entry             



‘Grandfathering' applications for judges now open

Published on4 January 2021 at 11:22am
  • Available throughout five-year transition period
  • Judges may self-submit questionnaires for CC, Group and BIS status
  • Judges of breeds without CC status included

Further to previous announcements regarding ‘grandfather rights’ for eligible judges during the five-year transition phase of the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), applications using this route are now open, it has been announced.

For progression to award CCs via grandfathering, candidates can self-nominate provided they are included on at least one Breed Club/Council A3 list and/or have a pre-existing JDP Credit Pass for the relevant breed. Each judge must also meet all the Kennel Club’s mandatory requirements for approval to award CCs (see below).

Judges of breeds that do not yet have CC status are advised that they too have grandfather rights which may make it possible to achieve Level 4 status in such breeds. In those cases it is recognised that breed specialists will not have the three Stud Book Numbers (as required for CC judges), but the Judges Committee will take into account dogs owned and/or bred and any significant wins. Breed clubs for non-CC breeds were not previously required to compile an A3 list, but are now encouraged to do so to include those judges which the club is prepared to support through the grandfathering route.

The online form via which grandfathering applications can be made is available within the judges section of website. Please note it is also possible to complete the form manually and submit it to us.

Those judges wishing to grandfather for Groups and Best in Show are asked to complete the PDF questionnaires which can be found under ‘Grandfathering applications’ and submitted to us via the same form.

It should be noted that all applications made using the grandfathering system are still subject to approval by the Judges Committee and Kennel Club Board. Judges are only able to make one submission per breed, Group or Best in Show and there will be no appeal process available. Therefore judges should ensure they meet the required criteria before making an application.

The current A2 and established approval routes will continue for the entirety of the five-year transition period, with a review taking place once the current routes and the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) have been run in tandem for three years. An A2 guidance document is available on our website.

Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. Any queries regarding the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) should be directed to

Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) .

Grandfathering criteria

A3 list judge (breeds with CC status)
  • To appear on at least one breed club/council A3 judging list at the time of submission to The Kennel Club
  • To have met all The Kennel Club mandatory criteria regarding seminars, stewarding, Stud Book numbers (established CC judges exempt)
  • To have judged the required number of dogs set by The Kennel Club according to the relevant stud book band1
  • To have passed a breed specific hands-on assessment held in accordance with The Kennel Club Code of Best Practice2
  • Submission after 1 January 2021
  • One submission per breed only permitted; if application rejected no further application can be made for that breed
  • If approved judge will appear in listings as pre-approved for relevant breed
  • No appeals will be accepted
A3 list judge (non-CC breeds)
  • To appear on at least one breed club/council A3 judging list at the time of submission to The Kennel Club
  • To have met all The Kennel Club mandatory criteria regarding seminars, stewarding, listing dogs owned and/or bred with significant wins (established CC judges exempt)
  • To have judged the required number of dogs set by The Kennel Club according to the relevant stud book band1
  • To have passed a breed specific hands-on assessment held in accordance with The Kennel Club Code of Best Practice2
  • Submission after 1 January 2021
  • One submission per breed only permitted; if application rejected no further application can be made for that breed
  • If approved judge will appear in listings as pre-approved for relevant breed
  • No appeals will be accepted
Judge with JDP credit
  • To have a JDP credit for the relevant breed
  • To have met 50% or more of The Kennel Club required number of dogs judged for the breed
  • Submission after 1 January 2021
  • One submission per breed only permitted; if submission is rejected no further application can be made for that breed
  • If approved judge will appear in listings as pre-approved for relevant breed
  • No appeals will be accepted
Aspiring group and Best in Show judge
  • Group submission - to have awarded CCs in the required number of breeds to be approved to judge the relevant group3
  • Best in Show submission - to meet the requirements for a Best in Show appointment, and be able to demonstrate a broad experience of judging across all groups4


  • Submission after 1 January 2021
  • Only one submission per group and/or Best in Show category permitted. If application rejected no further application can be made for that category
  • If approved will be appear in listings as pre-approved for relevant group or as Best in Show judge
  • No appeals will be accepted

1 Stud book band A (including non-CC breeds) – 40 dogs; stud book band B – 70 dogs; stud book band C – 120 dogs; stud book band D – 180 dogs; stud book band E – 250 dogs.

Note: the following stud book band A breeds require a minimum of 30 dogs judged: Australian Cattle Dog; Australian Terrier; Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand); Bloodhound; Bouvier Des Flandres; Brittany; Finnish Spitz; Glen of Imaal Terrier; Ibizan Hound; Kerry Blue Terrier; Lakeland Terrier; Mastiff; Norwegian Buhund; Norwich Terrier; Otterhound; Pharaoh Hound; Polish Lowland Sheepdog; Retriever (Chesapeake Bay); Sealyham Terrier; Skye Terrier; Spaniel (Irish Water); Swedish Vallhund; Welsh Terrier.

Breeds with varieties require the following criteria (automatic approval is given for a further variety or varieties once approved for a CC appointment in an initial variety): Bull Terriers – 80 dogs of any variety; Chihuahua (Long Coat & Smooth Coat) – 200 dogs of any variety; Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Groenendael, Tervueren, Laekenois & Malinois) – 70 dogs of any variety; Fox Terrier – 70 dogs of any variety; German Spitz (Mittel & Klein) – 70 dogs of any variety; Poodle (Toy, Miniature & Standard) – 150 dogs including at least 30 of each variety; Dachshund (all varieties) – 250 dogs any variety.

2 Mandatory for approval to award CCs in first three breeds and desirable for subsequent breeds.

3 Current criteria – First time group judges must have carried out CC appointments to a minimum of four breeds (three in the working group) in the relevant group.  For second and subsequent groups, three breeds are required. The Judges Committee will take into account the diversity and Stud Book Bands of the previously approved breeds together with the number of dogs judged in the breeds for which the judge is not yet approved and any JDP Credits obtained.

4 Current criteria – Judges must be approved to judge one group and to award Challenge Certificates to at least one breed from two other groups. Judges will be expected to have experience in judging across all groups and all relevant experience will be taken into account.

The National Bedlington Terrier Club
Now have a Puppy register anyone looking for a Puppy or  any member expecting a litter soon please contact Mr Paul Pocklington - - 07599798920 - 01977794164


 Due to the Corona virus situation and the limited shows in 2020 the committee of the National Bedlington Terrier Club have agreed that all paid up members will receive free membership for 2021 anyone that's already paid in advance their membership will be extended for an extra year. Thanking all of you for your loyal support in these trying times. 

anyone wishing to have their dogs eye tested for Total Retina Displacia or any eye problems follow the link below for a list of eye specialists registered with the British Veterinary Association


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Pandemic Puppies: Exploring puppy buying during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic (UK)


As you may have heard in the general media, many sources including the Kennel Club ‘Find a Puppy’ statistics suggest that unusually high numbers of the public sought to, or have, purchased a puppy since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the UK. This ‘Pandemic Puppy’ phenomenon raises major welfare concerns for dogs, including lack of opportunities for appropriate socialisation and veterinary care under lockdown. In addition, it is likely that huge demand for puppies will have led to increased levels of puppy farming and illegal importation.


The Royal Veterinary College is being generously funded by the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation to undertake a study to understand how and why owners went about purchasing a puppy during this unprecedented period. We will compare the motivations and behaviours of 2020 ‘Pandemic Puppy’ owners with owners of puppies purchased during 2019. Our results will be used to understand any new welfare challenges facing puppies bought during the pandemic to improve the lives of these dogs.


We are keen to include the knowledge and experiences of large numbers of owners of puppies of any breed. As Secretary for the Bedlington Terrier Health Group, we would be extremely grateful if you can support this welfare study by sharing our online survey to UK-based owners who acquired a puppy during 2019 or 2020. The survey will be open until 31st December 2020.


The survey link is:


This study has received ethical approval from the RVC Social Science Research Ethical Review Board (SR2020-0259). If you have any further questions regarding our study, please contact the Primary Investigator Dr Rowena Packer on


Yours sincerely


New presentation of health tests

Dog health test results will now be accessible online only, not printed on the registration certificates as was previously the case. Registration certificates will instead carry a clear message indicating that health test results can be found on The Kennel Club website. 

We have made this change because the website allows us to present health information in a more up to date and dynamic way that is beneficial to both the puppy buyer and the breeder. When health test data started being collected by The Kennel Club many years ago, there were limited ways in which this information could be reported. The registration certificates and of course the Breed Record Supplement (BRS) provided the best solution at that time. However, information on registration certificates is only accurate at the time of printing, whereas online data can be completely and continually updated in real time and access to information is not limited to the holder of the certificate.
Furthermore, there is a demand from breeders for an ever growing number of health schemes and DNA tests and the space available on a paper registration certificate is limited.
Not only are the number of tests growing, but it is also clear that the complexity and relevance of some tests and results require quite detailed explanation. Different owners and breeders attach differing levels of importance to certain results and conditions, sometimes leaving these open to misinterpretation if the correct level of explanation is not available. 

Therefore, going forward, all results will continue to appear in the BRS, but instead of being on registration certificates they will appear on the online Health Test Results Finder ( the moment that they are available on the Kennel Club system, and there will be a clear message printed on the registration certificate signposting to this area of our website, where it is possible to print off results directly. By recording them on the Health Test Results Finder, we are able to provide more explanatory information about each test, with associated links, to help breeders and owners make better informed decisions, therefore increasing the opportunities to produce healthy puppies.


Dr Camilla Pegram

VetCompass Epidemiologist, RVC







The skin on the pads of a dog’s foot is thicker than the rest of its body and the cells are (reinforced) by a protein called Keratin. In some dogs this process is exaggerated, and they produce large amounts of excess skin which is rich in Keratin. This results in corny and cracked pads. The corns are very painful, and the cracks can go right down to the living basal layer of the skin. The condition is present for life. The cracks are very different from the small superficial cracks found in most dogs that are walked on the road.


Fortunately, a genetic abnormality related to this condition has been identified. The best method of avoiding it is to check that both parents have been tested for the abnormal gene. The cost of the test will probably be reflected in the price of the puppy, but animal welfare should come first.


The test can be carried out in this country by a cheek swab available from Animal DNA Diagnostics. They have their own website and an email address of or speak to June on 01223 395577. It is possible that soon other firms may also offer this test.


There are a few other conditions that can look a little like hyperkeratosis, such as some forms of dermatitis, especially one associated with low levels of zinc in the body. If you have any doubts, visit your vet or check out the numerous photos available on the internet

for more information on all health matters concerning the Bedlington Terrier visit the health group website


Champion classes to be introduced for breed club championship shows

The Kennel Club has agreed to introduce champion classes at breed club championship shows, with effect from 1st January 2018.

These classes, which are not compulsory, have been brought in by the Show Executive Committee (SEC) following a recommendation from the Dog Show Promotion Working Party which recently announced a number of measures designed to improve the dog show scene in Britain.

The winner of the champion class, provided it is unbeaten, will join all other unbeaten dogs or bitches to compete for the relevant Challenge Certificate.   

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club has received feedback from a number of exhibitors that this concept would be a welcome addition to the show scene. The working party was of the view that the introduction of these classes at breed club championship shows would be a positive step as there would be a number of advantages in allowing exhibitors an opportunity to show a champion dog in this new class as well as another dog in the open class, for example.

“There would also be benefits to newer exhibitors and to judges in being able to see more champion dogs which would assist them in the development of their knowledge and expertise in the breed.”

This initiative will be reviewed by the SEC after a three-year trial period (1st January 2021).



Mark can be  contacted direct by the following means……

Mark Walshaw (KC Breed liaison Representative).

07780 950843 or 01287 652860



    membership secretary
Julie Oxbury - 
You can now see us on face book why not join us on the link below
The committee wish to make people aware that the internet is not the place
to find a suitable Bedlington Terrier.
Reputable breeders are listed on the clubs breeders page or at
the Kennel Clubs web site Assured Breeders   



The clubs new banner welcoming everyone to our shows
 The NBTC Show venue
Directions: Leave the A1, (south of Wetherby), on to the A63 SELBY. You pass through Monk Fryston and Hambleton to the large roundabout take the first left to Thorpe Willoughby. The Village Hall is the first large building you come to on the right as you drive through the village.
"There is an overflow car park to the rear of the building.
 From the A1 - drive past the venue, take the first turning on the right, then the first opening on the right".



Breeders who do not show may not be aware of a colour restriction when registering a litter. 
Effective from 1st April 2003 the following applies-

                                     COLOUR – Blue, Liver, Sandy, Blue and Tan, Liver and Tan, Sandy and Tan.

                                                           Colours other than the above will be registered as Non Standard.