Hair today but what tomorrow?

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a trimmed breed. If you want to leave it as a hairy monster and just post cute pictures for friends to see your Glen won’t mind but after a few dubious, untidy years the world-wide jury has firmly come down in favour of the show Glen actually being able to be seen by the judge.

30 years ago the first show trimming words were written and then the first chart was drawn up. That guideline has been basically followed through out the international exhibition world and still appears on both personal and breed club websites. Is it time though now to update it?

Well done!

The Finnish Glen of Imaal Terrier Specialty saw a tremendous entry of 54. Best In Show, under judge Juha Palosaari, was awarded to Gleann Uaid MacDonald with Best Opposite Sex going to Pearytail Artless Tess. Best Puppy in Show went to Susamurun Smirgeline with BOS Pup to Susamuran Akvavtix. Veterans were Gleann Rabarber Drom & Miimoksen Sirius.

Breeders Group, always popular in Finland, went to Gleann.

At Bournemouth Championship Show Best of Breed was awarded to Brockland Brayhead Lad and Best Bitch saw Romainville Uptown Girl get the nod. Best Puppy was Amhard High Flyer.

Congratulations everybody


Well, at least we are being asked!

Dear Sir or Madam

You may wish to know that we have today launched a public on-line survey on Citizen Space. This is to seek public views in England and Wales on whether there should be any increase in the maximum sentence applicable under section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act where a dangerously out of control dog injures or kills a person or an assistance dog. The current maximum penalty is two years imprisonment or an unlimited fine or both.

The background to this is contained in the survey which may be found at

Yours faithfully

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Welfare
Area 5E LNH

Nobel House

17 Smith Square



Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

More news on The Gathering

Nine native breeds originate from Ireland.  From the Kerry Blue to the Irish Setter, Native Irish Dog breeds are considered hardy, excellent working dogs and make wonderful companions.    These remarkable breeds, Irish Glen of Immal Terrier, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, the Kerry Beagle, the Kerry Blue Terrier, the Irish Terrier, the Irish Water Spaniel, the Red and White Irish Setter, the Irish Setter and the Irish Wolfhound have all found their way into Irish folklore and the hearts  of the Irish people.

The Irish Wolfhound,  who symbolises all things Irish, was said to have arrived on these shores in 7000BC, while the  legendary Michael Collins owned a Kerry Blue named “Convict 224”.  The majestic  Irish Setter,  is another instantly recognisable “Irish breed”, which has become famous all over the globe.

To celebrate Ireland’s heritage and rich tradition in breeding these wonderful breeds;  a special 2013 Irish Native Breeds Show will be held in the Irish Kennel Club on September 14th and 15th.  In conjunction with “The Gathering”, this championship show, has thrown open its doors to Irish and International competitors, with an ambition to bring the very best of Irish Native Breeds to the Irish Kennel Club’s Showground for this  momentous event.  A range of Irish and International breed specialists will join forces to judge this event which will not only encompass breed confirmation classes for these magnificent breeds, but also working tests and field trials –  showing these beautiful dogs working in their native environment.

A must for anyone with an interest in dogs, and particularly native breeds, this showcase will bring together everything that is best about the Irish dog, and illustrate why these native Irish Breeds are of huge international significance.

If your club would like to be involved in celebrating this momentous occasion then please consider sponsoring special rosettes, sashes or a trophy for your breed.

For more information on the event and a schedule, please visit

Thank you

Sinead Taggart (

Cathy Delmar (

Quieter weekend…

…but some Glen of Imaal Terrier people were still out and about.

In Finland at the Iisalmi International Show BOB went to Marfidal Cream Tea with Rosears Fzzbuster Best Opposite. In the US GCH Kilkenny’s Sullivan of Castlerock was BOB at New River Valley KC and in the UK Paignton saw Pajantick Star Trooper take home the Best of Breed rosette. Well done all!