I met my first Bedlington this weekend, and I was so intrigued by their coat. They are definitely not the dog for me, but I am looking to learn more about coat maintenance and vocab. Wikipedia describes Bedlingtons as having "lint-y" coats, which is very accurate imo, whereas the poodles I met have much denser, curlier, woolier coats. However, their coats are described very similarly, e.g. being "harsh" or "hard". I don't think they feel similar at all, and i feel the words "harsh" and "hard" are extremely inaccurate.
- What differences are there in maintaining a pet Bedlington coat vs. a pet poodle coat?
- There's some variation in poodle coats across lines; does it ever get as soft and light (like, sparse/poofy) as the Bedlington coat?
- What do things like "harsh" or "hard" or "crisp" mean when describing dog hair?
- What is the fundamental difference between the Bedlington and poodle coats? Is it just density and straightness?