A well known international judge recently commented that all Glen of Imaal Terrier people should get together and decide what they want the breed to be. The comment arose due to a question as to the (noticeable)difference in type placed at two shows officiated at. The question as to whether proportions should be in all standards was just met with a smile.
Below are the two standards of the countries concerned. It has often been discussed on here that the EKC one needs elaboration but except for the “ratio” are they really as different as the judge indicated?
The EKC standard reads:General Appearance: Medium-sized with medium-length coat, great strength with impression of maximum substance for the size of dog. Body longer than high.
Characteristics: Active, agile and silent when working. Native of County Wicklow and named after the Glen of Imaal.
Temperament: Game and spirited with great courage when called upon, otherwise gentle and docile.
Head and Skull: Of good width and fair length with powerful foreface. Muzzle to taper towards nose. Well defined stop. Nose black.
Eyes: Brown, medium size, round and set well apart. Light eyes undesirable.
Ears: Small, rose or half pricked when alert, thrown back when in repose. Full drop or prick undesirable.
Mouth:Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth of good size.
Neck:Very muscular and of moderate length.
Forequarters: Shoulders broad, muscular and well laid back. Forelegs short, well boned and slightly bowed.
Body:Deep and of medium length, slightly longer than height at withers. Well sprung ribs with neither flat nor barrel appearance. Chest wide and strong. Topline slightly rising to a strong loin.
Hindquarters:Strong, well muscled, with good thighs and good bend of stifle. Hocks turned neither in nor out.
Feet:Compact and strong with rounded pads. Front feet to turn out slightly from pastern.
Tail Docking previously optional.Docked: Strong at root. Well set on and carried gaily.Undocked: Strong at root. Well set on and carried gaily. In overall balance with rest of the dog.
Gait/Movement: Free in action. Covers the ground effortlessly with good drive behind.
Coat Medium length, of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Coat may be tidied to present a neat outline.
Colour:Blue, brindle and wheaten (all shades).
Size; 35-36 cms (14 ins) at the shoulder is maximum height for dogs and bitches.
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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
Note:Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
The AKC standard reads:
General Appearance The Glen of Imaal Terrier, named for the region in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland where it was developed long ago, is a medium sized working terrier. Longer than tall and sporting a double coat of medium length, the Glen possesses great strength and should always convey the impression of maximum substance for size of dog. Unrefined to this day, the breed still possesses “antique” features once common to many early terrier types; its distinctive head with rose or half-prick ears, its bowed forequarters with turned out feet, its unique outline and topline are hallmarks of the breed and essential to the breed type.
Size, Proportion Substance Height – The maximum height is 14 inches with a minimum of 12½ inches, measured at the highest point of the shoulder blades. Weight – Weight is approximately 35 pounds, bitches somewhat less; however, no Glen in good condition and otherwise well-balanced shall be penalized for being slightly outside the suggested weight. Length– The length of body, measured from sternum to buttocks, and height measured from the highest point of the shoulder blades to ground, to be in a ratio of approximately 5 (length) to 3 (height). The overall balance is more important than any single specification.
Head Head – The head must be powerful and strong with no suggestion of coarseness. Impressive in size yet in balance with, and in proportion to, the overall size and symmetry of the dog.Eyes – Brown, medium size, round and set well apart. Light eyes should be penalized. Ears – Small, rose or half pricked when alert, thrown back when in repose. Set wide apart and well back on the top outer edge of the skull. Full drop or prick ears undesirable. Skull – Broad and slightly domed; tapering slightly towards the brow. Of fair length, distance from stop to occiput being approximately equal to distance between ears. Muzzle – Foreface of power, strong and well filled below the eyes, tapering toward the nose. Ratio of length of muzzle to length of skull is approximately three (muzzle) to five (skull.) Bottlehead or narrow foreface undesirable. Stop – Pronounced. Nose– Black. Teeth – Set in a strong jaw, sound, regular, and of good size. Full dentition. Scissors bite preferred; level mouth accepted.
Neck, Topline and Body Neck – Very muscular and of moderate length. Topline– Straight, slightly rising to a very strong well-muscled loin with no drop-off at the croup.Body – Deep, long and fully muscled. Longer than high with the ideal ratio of body length to shoulder height approximately five (length) to three (height). Chest – Wide, strong and deep, extending below the elbows. Ribs – Well sprung with neither a flat nor a barrel appearance. Loin– Strong and well muscled. Tail – Docked to approximately half-length, in balance with the overall dog and long enough to allow a good handhold. Strong at root, well set on and carried gaily. Dogs with undocked tails not to be penalized.
Forequarters Shoulder – Well laid back, broad and muscular. Forelegs – Short, bowed and well boned. Forearm should curve slightly around the chest. Upper arm (humerus) nearly equal in length to the shoulder blades (scapula). Feet to turn out slightly but perceptibly from pasterns. Feet – Compact and strong with rounded pads.
Hindquarters Strong and well muscled, with ample bone and in balance with forequarters. Good bend of stifle and a well-defined second thigh. Hocks turn neither in nor out, are short, well let down and perpendicular from hock to ground. Feet – As front, except they should point forward.
Coat Medium length, of harsh texture with a soft undercoat. The coat may be tidied to present a neat outline characteristic of a rough-and-ready working terrier. Over trimming of dogs is undesirable.
Color Wheaten, blue or brindle. Wheaten includes all shades from cream to red wheaten. Blue may range from silver to deepest slate, but not black. Brindle may be any shades but is most commonly seen as blue brindle, a mixture of dark blue, light blue, and tan hairs in any combination or proportion.
Gait The action should be free and even, covering the ground effortlessly with good reach in front and good drive behind. This is a working terrier, which must have the agility, freedom of movement and endurance to do the work for which it was developed.
Temperament Game and spirited with great courage when called upon, otherwise gentle and docile. Although generally less easily excited than other terriers, the Glen is always ready to give chase. When working they are active, agile, silent and dead game.
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.