It’s all relative….

13 Mar

One of the things that came up again and again on the Glen of Imaal Terrier booth at Crufts was the question of numbers? Visitors kept quoting figures (occasionally things the Kennel Club put out are noticed) and some people most ably manning the Discover Dogs fort were not sufficiently experienced in the entire history of Glens to understand and explain so were inadvertently giving out incorrect information.

Fact: The Glen of Imaal Terrier did only register 55 with the Kennel Club in 2013. (This doesn’t take into account the unregistered ones.) Looking at this number, compared with the 5,000+ of Staffords, it could be thought that Glens were in dire danger of extermination but the full story is far different. 50 years ago the breed was only really known-and not very well-on a rock off the west coast of Europe. 30 odd years ago comments were still being made by well informed dog people of “is that a Glen of Imaal? I thought they were virtually extinct”. There are quite a few exhibitors still around who remember (and knew) the first Glens into their own country.

Glen of Imaal Terriers are now on 5 Continents and the numbers continue to multiply in a careful manner so thanks for asking but there isn’t any need for real concern; there have never been so many worldwide!


Posted by on March 13, 2014 in General dog things, General Glen Things


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7 responses to “It’s all relative….

  1. Stephen Holmes

    March 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I have to be perfectly honest the rarity of breed was only brought up with me once by someone from Sweden. The comments we had were all about how laid back Ben and nell were and what nice dogs they were!
    I and i can only speak for myself find its a rarely asked question ie the breeds rarity either at DD or the Gamefairs we hear alot of we havent either seen or heard of them before but on rarity very few.

  2. Nicki

    March 14, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I got asked about it at least 3 times by the benches Stephen. All Daily Mail readers as the rare as pandas!!

    They all were enlightened that its their standard line and it was the Skye’s turn this year 🙂 x

  3. Stephen Holmes

    March 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    It just who you meet Nicki i suppose we always do DD on glen judging so maybe thats why who knows? The futher we get away from panda thing the less its discussed well thats what ive found!

  4. Nicki

    March 14, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I hope so, its such a silly reference for them to make. Same story ever time just swapping of breed name lol

    Nice photo of your boy of the internet. Can’t remember which page though, its on Facebook. 🙂

  5. Nicki

    March 14, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Andy Biggar photography on Facebook

  6. Stephen Holmes

    March 15, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Thanks Nicki im afraid we as a family stay away from facebook/twitter we find it very intrusive. On the breeds yes its musical chairs for whos the panda next go on Nicki i say Dandie Dimont what about you?

  7. Nicki

    March 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Skye seems to be this years hot topic, probably the dandie next. 😦

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