Crufts entry announced!

The Kennel Club have announced the 2009 Crufts entry: a whopping 22,677 the third highest of all time. The Glen of Imaal Terrier entry is 35 dogs making 37 entries. There are some truly amazing entries like 65 Spanish Water Dogs!

6 thoughts on “Crufts entry announced!

  1. that’s really good. I”m hoping Scarlett will be there. At the min we are thinking of knitting her a fur coat as she hasn’t grown much of a new one her self yet!!

  2. Do Glen folk worry about the fact that this is the smallest entry in the Terrier Group? Or is it actually a good thing – quality rather than quantity?

  3. Hello Sheila

    I think the entry is more likely to compared to previous Glen entries, rather than other breeds’ entries!

    I’ve looked at the number of (on-the-day) exhibits over the last few years, which isn’t quite the same as (class) entries or pre-show entry figures!

    Here’s a breakdown of Glen numbers for 2005 – 2008 incl. After the year – in () – are No. entered/No. absent/No. on the day – and then a breakdown of (UK) youngsters, (UK) “adults” and overseas (O/S) exhibits.

    2005: (35;4;31) – (UK) 2 in SJ classes and another 28 in PG classes and above. (O/S) 1

    2006: (27;4;23) – (UK) 4 in SJ classes and another 18 in PG classes and above. (O/S) 1

    2007: (41;4;37) – (UK) 2 in SJ classes and another 26 in PG classes and above. (O/S) 9

    2008: (33;4;29) – (UK) 3 in SP & SJ classes and another 20 in PG classes and above. (O/S) 6

    This year (2009), we could have up to 10 SP and SJ exhibits. I wonder what sort of an overseas entry we will have?

    It would be interesting to look at the figures again after Crufts! It’s encouraging, though, to see so many youngsters entered, which, hopefully, bodes well for future years.

    Regards

    Ali

  4. Hi Ali,
    Interesting though these figures are, you haven’t actually answered my question! Although I think, with your last sentence, you are suggesting that the number of entries may well be higher next year, so perhaps you do see the total as disappointing?

    What I was really asking was is it a good thing to have such a small entry – in other words that breeders and exhibitors are being very selective and only showing the very best of the dogs they breed – or should you be worried that, in comparison to other breeds with similar registrations, you seem to attract a comparatively small percentage of exhibitors in the first place?

    Sheila

  5. Hi Sheila

    >>Interesting though these figures are, you haven’t actually answered my question!<>Do Glen folk worry about the fact that this is the smallest entry in the Terrier Group<>Or is it actually a good thing – quality rather than quantity?<<
    I think the last paragraph in your second post is a better question! I think that there must be a degree of “selection” – of what Glens to enter – for some breeders and exhibitors with larger numbers of resident Glens. You could argue that cost and who the judge is have a greater influence over selection than quality. (I’m sure that others will disagree … hopefully, they will give you their opinion)!

    I do think it sad that, over the last few years, we have attracted very few new exhibitors into the breed … and they have simply replaced the people who have stopped exhibiting …

    When we got our first Glen, simply as a family pet (we thought!), we were encouraged by Glen folk to bring him along to a show … and we did … and we quite enjoyed it … and we have being coming to shows (albeit not very many) ever since!

    Are breeders encouraging their “puppy people” to show their Glens? Perhaps the trend is changing! A couple of breeders seem to have brought people into (and back to!) the show ring; and that was certainly reflected in the number of puppy and junior exhibits at the GOITA champ show in December last year, so maybe that percentage of exhibitors will increase!

    I’ll leave others to answer your questions now, Sheila!

    Ali

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