The “difficult and awkward” days always causes lots of reading and comments; today’s will possibly be no different. A long time ago now the question of the relevance of the Glen of Imaal Terrier breed standard to the actual dog came up & some in the worldwide community were not polite about the perceived slight to Glens by non Irish owners.
The following comes from the Irish Sporting Glen Club-the Comment is from one of their most respected members & breeders.
General Appearance : Medium sized with medium length coat, great strength with the impression of maximum substance for the size of the dog
COMMENT: Good description.
Important Proportion : Body longer than high and low to the ground.
COMMENT: OK as outline statement, otherwise use less. Why not give proportions as in previous standards?
Behaviour/Temerament : Active, agile and silent when working. Game and spirited with great courage when called upon, otherwise gentle and docile, who oozes personality; his loyal and affectionate nature makes him a very acceptable house dog and companion. The Irish Glen of Imaal is said to be less easily excited than other terriers, though he is always ready to give chase when called on.
COMMENT: True, but of little or no use to a judge when the Glen is being exhibited.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Of good width and of fair length. COMMENT: How wide is good/how long is fair?
Stop : Pronounced. COMMENT: Well described
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black.
Muzzle : Foreface of power, tapering to the nose.
Jaws : Strong.
COMMENT: Very good description but some dimensions would greatly assist judges.
Teeth : Teeth sound, regular, strong and of good size. Scissor bite.
COMMENT: Is level mouth acceptable or not?
Eyes : Brown, medium size, round and set well apart. Light eyes should be penalised
COMMENT: Well described, but in the case of “missing eye” should this mean disqualification or not?
Ears : Small rose or half pricked when alert, thrown back when in repose. Full drop or prick undesirable.
COMMENT: Do you disqualify full drop & prick or not?
Neck : Very muscular and of moderate length.
COMMENT: How long is moderate?
Body : Deep and long, and longer than high.
COMMENT: Accurate outline statement, but does not fully state the height/length ratio as per previous standards.
Topline : Level.
COMMENT: I do not agree with this statement. Height at withers usually 1-1.5 ins lower than height at loin. High point at loin was for wedging dog against roof of sett when extracting prey. “Straight” would be more appropriate word, neither roached nor hollow. However modern Glens are virtually level at top line-due to lack of use modern Glens are no longer worked. Does this mean that the dog that is high at loin is not up to standard? “Rising slightly” would be more appropriate.
Loin : Strong.
Chest : Wide and strong, ribs well sprung.
Tail : Docked. Strong at root, well set on and carried gaily. Pups tails docked to half length. A natural tail (undocked) is allowed for in countries where docking is banned by law.
Shoulders : Broad, muscular and well laid back. COMMENT: Excellent description
Forelegs : Short, bowed and well boned.
Feet : Compact and strong with rounded pads. Front feet to turn out slightly from pasterns.
COMMENT: Both OK
Hindquarters : Strong and well muscled.
Thighs : Well muscled.
Stifle : Well bent.
Hocks : Turned neither in nor out.
Feet : Compact and strong with rounded pads.
COMMENT: All OK
Gait/Movement : Free, not hackneyed. Covers ground effortlessly with good drive behind.
Coat/Hair : Medium length, of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Coat may be tidied to present a neat outline.
COMMENT: Both OK
Colour : Blue brindle but not toning to black. Wheaten, from a light wheaten colour to a golden reddish shade. Puppies may be born coloured Blue, Wheaten, or Reddish. Lighter coloured pups usually have an inky blue mask, and there may also be a streak of Blue down the back, on the tail, and on the ears. The darker markings will clear with maturity.
COMMENT: Very good description
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
Height at the withers : Dogs : 14 inches (35,5 cm) is the maximum Bitches : accordingly less.
Weight : Dogs : 35 lbs (16kg). Bitches : accordingly less.
COMMENT: Good & accurate description regarding height of dog. Bad in the case of bitches, what is accordingly? How can a judge decide? Very ambiguous description for bitches. No minimum height as stated in previous standards.
Faults : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
- Hound ears.
- Undershot bite, overshot bite.
- Too short in body.
- Straight front.
COMMENT: Acceptable faults description but why are only the above mentioned? What about too long in body?
Eliminating faults :
Aggresive or overly shy. Black & Tan colour. Narrow foreface.
COMMENT: Why is black & tan here? Many “old time” Glens were this colour and what about “dudley”(liver)?