and finally for 2012

Now the year sings on the last verse and a new year is just around the corner.

So then again it is time to send greetings to near and far.

With the desire that everyone will have a good Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

King winter has taken over Denmark again and while we struggle to remove snow, our Glens is fooling around in the snow. They love this time of year and can spend a lot of time playing in the snow, just until they are completely frozen stiff and we subsequently have to defrost them.

But our dogs are having fun.

We want to thank all of 2012 and look forward to lots of new experiences with you in 2013.


Vagn & Gitte Thornsen. (Kennel Hammersmølle.)


Another couple of 2013 diary dates

Val Tiller (Foxbarton Border Collies) holds two (all breeds) Optigen (USA) DNA testing sessions a year – in February and September.

From Val:

“Optigen are offering 30% discount off DNA tests, paid for online, at Val Tiller’s next Optigen 20/20 Clinic, on TUESDAY 5th FEBRUARY 2013, in Epsom, Surrey.

Glen of Imaal Terriers are invited to be DNA tested for crd3-PRA. Clients may attend the clinic in person, or be Postal Participants. Contact Val Tiller direct for further details and to book places … ASAP … AS SHE IS AWAY FROM 8th-15th JANUARY.

E-mail: or Tel: (01372) 273597.”

Just presenting the reports to be read with a late mince pie

The Glen of Imaal Terrier exists because it worked for a living. It hunted and it killed things. If you are a Glen owner, and even if you don’t really like to acknowledge heritage, you are by default still very close as to how the country used to live. Last week this was sent for consideration by people who read this blog. Then this followed and this was then close on its heels. Finally (incredibly) this came in on Boxing Day and this was the one that finally evoked the reaction of “they must be joking”.

Read all  the above and make your own mind up…….but be careful not to choke on the final few crumbs after reading the last link!

Looking good!

Tasha Thank you for all the cards and emails with the seasonal news and gossip. This one is for everybody who supported the EFG Charitable Fundraiser last July as Tasha was the dog chosen for our support. Just for interest-and the 2013 diary-there will be another big event next July and the first contribution for the cause came in Christmas Eve all the way from the USA, so if you want something unique and Glen of Imaal Terrier related….

What’s your thought?

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.

Into 2013……

A few weeks ago it was asked if the blog should change direction in any way and, if so, what should it be? There has been responses and there has been things sent so let’s make a beginning…..

Winter and early Spring is the dead season Championship Show wise for Glen of Imaal Terrier people so if anybody wants to get out and about it has to be Open Shows. Open Shows are not what they used to be and are desperate for exhibitors-that is well reported everywhere-so you would think that (hopefully) favourable judges would be engaged.

North Lincs has Terrence D. D. Balfour Burgess (Dobrugh) judging WFT, Border, Cairn, Manchester, Cesky, Glen of Imaal, AVNSC and Group. His breed is French Bulldogs and he is (according to websites) a specialist in Chinese Crested and gives tickets in, amongst other things, Shar Pei so maybe he is a closet terrier fan as well.

Lancs Sporting Terrier has Joan Sheldon (Oozzoo) judging Cesky, Glen of Imaal, Kerry Blue, Lakeland, Parson Russell, Staffordshire, Cairn. Her breed is Staffies so she hopefully has seen Glens occasionally.

West Midlands Terrier and Birmingham Gundog and Terrier are top of the list at the moment for actually appointing judges that have had known contact with Glen of Imaal Terriers!! Matt Garnham (for West Mids) has handled and groomed Glens as well as attending an Association Seminar and Nicki Montford (for Birmingham G&T) has owned and exhibited the breed since 1996!

So it’s looking like applause for the committee of two shows, a cautious acknowledgement for one and a, well it’s different, for the fourth.