As we all like to look at each others dogs….

All Glen of Imaal Terrier people like to see each others dogs so the video of the breed at Eukanuba should be of interest

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Some weekend!

The triple Winner Weekend in Finland, Helsinki, Nordic & Finnish had excellent Glen of Imaal Terrier entries all three days. The respective Best of Breeds and Best Opposites over the three days were, Gleann Ungus MacGuire & Pearytail Artless Tess, Gleann Una Noonan & Gleann Ungus MacGuire with Rosears Humpty Dumpty and Gleann Una Noonan at the Finnish Winners.

The Eukanuba Cluster saw BOB and BOS going to GCH Abberann Abaigael and GCH Kilkenny’s Sullivan of Castlerock at the first two shows and at Eukanuba itself GCH Daulton’s Emerald Green was BOB with GCH Liberty’s Darren of Daulton BOS. The Amsterdam Winners saw Highlander’s Dream Arthor waved to the Glen BOB with Romainville Kyla at Knockcarrig BOS

Many congratulations to all.

Big showing weekend

The Eukanuba Challenge cluster of shows is currently on in the USA. It bills itself as the most exciting week of the year and there is live streaming in a couple of places. Obviously there are Glen of Imaal Terriers there and the breed has an extra claim to fame as Mary McDaniel (Finnabair) is the show vet.

The Finns may disagree with the Eukanuba statement as they have the Helsinki, Nordic and Finnish Winners cluster also this weekend all with over 20 Glens entered per show and, even though not as popular as it used to be, the Amsterdam Winners takes place in the Netherlands as well. What a weekend of dog showing!

Anything to help!

On Tuesday a 7 page .pdf was included. Glen of Imaal Terrier people are busy so for anybody who hasn’t got the time in the run up to Christmas here’s a summary:-

From the survey …

The majority of Glens in this survey (of 102) were over the maximum breed standard weight of 16kg:

Entire males 94%
Neutered males 79%
Entire females 58%
Spayed females 75%
Under 3 years old 54%

NB. The ‘Under 3 years old’ cohort will have both male and female, entire and neutered … but it is an interesting group to look at … by 3 years old, 54% are already over the maximum height in the breed standards.

HEIGHT

Almost three-quarters (73%) of the survey population fell within the (US) standard for height i.e. 12½” – 14” with just 10% being over the (all standards) maximum standard height of 14”.

The height chart shows a nice Bell curve with 12” – 14” being at the top of the curve.

Perhaps all Glen breed standards should consider having a weight range of 12” – 14” …?

WEIGHT

The trend is reversed when we look at weight, with three-quarters of the total survey population weighing over the maximum standard weight of 16kg. Neutered males and spayed females reflect this figure of around 75% being above the 16kg maximum weight. However, this figure rises considerably in the entire male cohort … to 94%. Based on this survey’s data, this makes it almost impossible for bitch owners to choose a stud dog that conforms to any of the current breed standards on weight. Even from the cohort of entire females, almost 60% were over 16kg.

If this data is representative of the Glen population, then to restrict breeding to males and females of the “breed standard” weight would severely limit choice and compromise genetic diversity within our numerically small breed.

Perhaps we should follow the UK and drop the weight clause from our breed standards … or introduce a weight range e.g. 15 – 20.5kg … this represents the 75% of the survey population that are within one standard deviation of the mean weight of 17.7kg.

Has there always been this variance in weight?
Is it time to review the weight clause in our breed standards?
Should we have Mini, Standard and Giant Glens?
Should we do another, more extensive survey?

Interesting reading!

Back in October the following was on the blog:- “Sooner or later Glen of Imaal Terrier people always get round to discussing the size of their animals; its our national sport. Thing is though how big are we as a group? As a country? As a continent? Worldwide?” and a survey was given for filling in. The results have now been tabulated and can be read as Measurements_2013

It’s seven pages long but it’s worth a read so do make the time for it!

And the weekend saw……

……the Swedish Winners were Best of Breed Glen of Imaal Terrier was Glenrosedale Ridire Ain Ri with BOS to Abiageal and at West Midlands Terrier the nod went to Bregorrey Wannabe Victory By Jeonty. The Glen Association Championship Show saw Best In Show being awarded to Kirikee Ronan O’Gara with the Bitch CC going to Ch Donvaleset brier. The two Reserves were Amhard High Flyer and Amhard Giner Galore respectively. Best Puppy was Romainville Fade to Grey. Well done to all

Swedish Winner 2013