With lamb-like features, the Bedlington is a graceful and agile dog. It stands 38 to 40 centimetres tall at the withers and weighs 18 to 23 pounds. It has a rounded head with no stop, almond-shaped eyes and close-fitting lips.
The breed has a distinctive coat, which is a unique combination of soft and harsh hair. It feels crisp but is actually not wiry. It tends to curl specifically in the head and face. According to The Kennel Club standards, the acceptable colours are blue, liver, or sandy with or without tan. Blue Bedlingtons must have black noses, while liver and sandy must have brown noses. Like most terrier breeds, it does not require stripping. It is a mild shedder and needs weekly combing. It should be clipped to maintain crisp look, which can be done at home or at a professional groomer’s.
It is also important to ensure that a Bedlington’s ears are clean, nails are clipped and skin is checked for abnormalities and fleas. Ignoring these aspects of basic grooming can often lead to infections and diseases.