Running on a comment

It’s wonderful how people’s minds work; Eukanuba figures and then somehow or other the subject is drop ears. Let’s run with it and the comment “unlike some judges will penalise full drop ears”. What is a full drop ear in a Glen of Imaal Terrier? Has anybody actually ever seen one in the breed and why would that be any worse than ears that wave around on the top of the head?

7 thoughts on “Running on a comment

  1. The reason full drop ears are not wanted “a fault” on a Glen is as the glen is a strong dog drawing terrier the ears must switch back and be small or the quarry would get hold of them . Just look at some working dogs ears and you might get an idea why its regarded as a serious fault its for the dogs welfare and in the breed standard.
    Mr Luscott commented on full drop ears in one of his judging notes so thier must be Liz . Its thier for the dogs welfare i suggest some people study and listen to the likes of Sean Lawlor and Paddy Brennan Jnr or a number of others who really know the breed for what it is and does not just to show.
    Perhaps dudley noses shouldnt matter then Liz or straight or slightly straight fronts or full prick ears or chocholates or blue eyes. I spoke to Sean just before writing this i will not repeat some of his comments . The standard says no full drop and or was Mr.Luscott wrong in your opinion.

    • Of course Glens should have moveable ears but the actual “running on a comment” asked why a full drop is any worse than ears waving around the top of the head and I don’t think that was answered. It also asked if anybody had ever seen a full drop in the breed? I’ve never seen one and I would guess I have probably seen more Glens than 98% of people who own the breed. A full drop ear would have no top fold in it & every Glen that was there the time Jeff judged possessed such a thing.

  2. I think these are the kind of comments that should be made on the forum.
    The Glen should be able to tuck its ears right back in to its skull when in response so as its quarry has less chance of inflicting serious damage.The Glen should be bred to type and fit for function.

  3. I can see the logic in Stephen’s argument, but I have a point to throw into the discussion.

    Other terrier breeds, in particular the Border, Lakeland and Parson, are bred to work underground. All have drop ears, and would indeed be highly penalised for having ears like a Glen. One of the reasons for preferring the drop ear in the Cesky Terrier – over the prick ear of one of the parent breeds, the Scottie – is so that the ear canal gets some protection from dirt.

    My observations of terriers out in the field is that however their ears are carried at rest, when necessary they can swivel them around and out of harm’s way.


  4. The difference Mrs A is that the Glen is a strong dog and the others are sounders. The glens job is to get in close and the draw(pull) the quarry out of the ground this means getting in at close quarters and giving as little as possible to be grabbed and or bitten.
    The other breeds you mention sound at the quarry and are dug to dispatch the quarry they do not draw. If you look at the lists for the Mor and Beag trials you will see the difference in breeds used.
    It is in the standard for the welfare of the dog “fit for purpose” you might say long before the enlish kcs so called scheme. I hope that helps Mrs A.

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