If you are interested in “adopting” a member of this cute breed then you might be wondering how to groom a Bedlington Terrier yourself. On the other hand if you already own a Bedlington Terrier then you have probably discovered that whilst this breed is relatively easy to house train, it does require some effort in maintaining a nicely groomed look.
So let’s see how to go about it.
Table of Contents
- Bedlington Terrier Characteristics
- Bedlington Terrier Grooming Guide
- Recommended Dog Grooming Equipment
- Related Articles
Bedlington Terrier Characteristics
The Bedlington is generally regarded as quite easy to train and definitely loves to go for her daily walk. In fact this breed often loves to run and run, therefore a tight grip on her lead is often a wise stance to take in public places. Being such an active breed, with a hunting instinct, your pet can very quickly get into all kinds of dirty environments, often at the expense of her newly cleaned coat. For example, many love to explore holes looking for possible unsuspecting prey.
So, there is no avoiding a grooming regime with this breed. Let’s read on for tips on how to groom a Bedlington Terrier.
Bedlington Terrier Grooming Guide
This is a breed that requires regular grooming and clipping.
These terriers can suffer from ear infections so it is important to keep their ears nice and clean and clipped in the right way.
And of course there is a certain coat style that is typical of most Bedlingtons that have been well groomed.
You might be one of the many adventurous dog owners who have decided to master the basics of grooming their own Bedlington so we have included some very useful videos below that can show you how.
The Bedlington Terrier Coat Type
Bedlingtons have a lovely, fine coat that requires special care. Whilst it might look similar to a Poodle coat, it is actually quite different.
This breed has a coat that is less likely to add to your housekeeping chores. In fact, its coat type is one reason that can explain its popularity.
With your Bedlington you can expect a coat that is:
- Single layer
- Fine and very soft (can be difficult to work with at first but with practice and the right tools, you can learn to manage it perfectly)
- Lamb-like in appearance
- Very hairy around the feet
How to Clip a Bedlington Terrier
Many groomers recommend clipping your Bedlington approximately every 6 to 8 weeks. The groomer in the video below recommends a grooming every 3 to 4 weeks. So it probably pays to have a go at it yourself. If you wait the 8 weeks, you need to do a lot of brushing and coat care in beween.
The groomer in the following video demonstrates great skills in handling the Bedlington Terrier on her table. She shows you how to groom a Bedlington Terrier using the right clippers. She doesn’t rush the job. She is very patient. So it is very easy to follow along as you practice on your own pooch.
In fact, the Terrier looks so relaxed, I could easily imagine him falling asleep before the job was done. In the video, you can view:
- How to hold the dog while clipping
- Trimming the ears, keeping their trademark tassel intact
- Clipping around the eyes
- Scissoring as well as clipping
- Neatening the jaw and throat areas
- Trimming around the nose – a sensitive area
- Clipping the Bedlington’s tail – again a sensitive area that takes a little skill
- You can also see, why a handy sketch, how to blend in the tail hair clipping with scissors.
- You can also see which blade number she uses on different parts of the body.
The tools that this groomer used in her video included tools from these categories (affiliate links):
- Cordless Clippers.
- Convex Shears
- A Dog Comb
- A Dog Spray
- A Grooming Table
- A Grooming Mat to avoid slipping
The clippers below are also suitable for puppy grooming. You can find corded as well as cordless clippers and some that operate more quietly than others.
Popular Brand Dog Grooming Clippers (affiliate link)
A Bedlington Terrier Grooming Chart
I think grooming charts are a great idea to have on hand. I think you will agree with me when you study the chart provided at this link:
There is also an excellent grooming chart provided on the Bedlington Terrier Club of America site here:
The Bedlington Terrier Full Body Clip
In the next video you can see a full body clip of a Terrier that has a longer coat. You could practice on your own dog while watching how to groom a Bedlington Terrier from head to tale. The video also shows:
- How to keep your dog calm if your clippers are louder than the Wahl clippers
- Where to start when clipping the body
- How to:
- manage the shoulders
- move from the head down the back towards the tail
- clip the belly
- trim the chest
- scissor the legs
- clip on top of and under the paws
- get the hair the same length
- clip the head, around the mouth, around the ears, under the chin
This groomer does the ears a little differently than the first and covers which parts to scissor and in which direction to move the clippers.
In this video, the groomer uses a different type of clipper and thus requires an aid for keeping the blades cooler:
- The Andis Cool Care Plus Clipper Blade Cleaner (affiliate link) which will help to keep your clippers cooler.
Recommended Dog Grooming Equipment
You might already have a favorite pair of clippers or scissors along with other tools. If not, then you can check out popular tools used by groomers and dog owners below:
Bedlington Terrier Dog Clippers and Accessories
When it comes to finding tools that can be used for Grooming Bedlington Terriers, you would be well served by following advice offered by the American Kennel Club. Thus, the following grooming tools (affiliate links) should stand you in good stead:
I would add to this list (affiliate links):
- Dog Nail clippers
- A dog tooth brush
- An appropriate set of dog clippers.
- A hand held vacuum cleaner for getting dog hair off clothes.
If you also have a need to groom other breeds you can check out the list of dog breeds that we cover here.
In the meantime, I hope this article has given you some practical pointers on how to groom a Bedlington Terrier. Enjoy that added quality time spent with your terrier while doing your regular grooming regime.