Belfast Critique

Glen of Imaal Terriers

JD (1)

1 White’s Abberann Phelan, 15 months, low to the ground. Very nice in topline & body length. Head sufficient, broad in skull. A bit long in muzzle. Nice ears, good front, coat texture could be better, good mover. CC & BOB.

PGD & LD (0).

OD (3)

1 Welch’s Ch/Int Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad, 9 years & in tip top show condition. A bit short in coat. Nice head with a broad skull & rose ears, sufficient forechest & level topline, excellent mover. RCC;

2 White’s Ir/Int Ch Abberann Karl, for me a bit too low on legs. Quite heavy in body. Very nice powerful head, excellent ear carriage, level topline, Movement a bit restricted;

3 Rogers’ Bregorrey Wannabe Victory by Jeonty.

PB, JB & PGB (0).

LB (1)

1 Seall’s Bregorrey Madam Defiance, a real showgirl, sufficient bone & substance, sufficiently strong in muzzle, excellent ear carriage, dark eye. Topline not level enough. Excellent mover. Needs a better show condition.

OB (4)

1 Sutton’s Ir Ch Bailielands Leanbh Orga, excellent in type, liked her bone & substance, broad skull, small rose ears, strong muzzle, good front, harsh coat, good mover. CC;

2 White’s Ch/Ir/Int Ch Abberann Ennya, 9 years, super condition. Low to the ground, deep chest, very nice head with broad skull, dark eye, good pigmentation, good coat texture, level topline, good mover. RCC;

3 Rogers’ Jeonty Meme Fern.





Health Survey-Update 2

Who needs to do the health survey? 

All of us!  The survey is for all our Glen of Imaal Terriers (both living and now deceased) born on or after 1st January 2000.  We welcome responses from Glen owners all over the world.

Why should we take the survey? 

It is important to collect health data from as many Glens as possible, so that we can get an idea of the overall health of the breed … and also so that we can identify any conditions that may need further monitoring and/or research. 

It is also just as important to identify owners willing to help with health research initiatives.  

For this reason, we have included a “Permissions” section at the end of the survey:

“This survey may reveal health conditions that require looking into in more detail i.e. further condition-specific monitoring and/or research. We have set up a confidential database of owners who are happy for their Glens to participate in future monitoring of specific health conditions, or research initiatives, either as a “Control” (without the health condition) or “Affected” (with the health condition).

If you would be happy for your Glen to help, please provide your contact details” 

If we undertake any research initiatives following this survey, we will only contact those owners who have provided their contact details.


We are now into the fourth week of the Glen health survey and the number of completed surveys received is 85, to date.  The split is 53 (62%) from the UK and 32 (38%) from non-UK resident owners.  We need a few hundred responses for meaningful health data … so we still have quite a way to go!

Survey information & link

The closing date for the survey is Friday 28th November, so just under six weeks to go.  If you have not already completed the survey for your Glen/s, please do spare a few minutes to help with this important project … for the benefit of our lovely breed.  Thank you.

A big “Thank you” to everyone who has completed the survey … and especially to those who have also requested a DNA swab kit for our international DNA Archive at the Animal Health Trust!

Here is the link to our health survey page – – from where you can access the survey.

There is a SURVEY PREVIEW on the survey page – please do have a read through to familiarise yourself with the format and questions, before starting the survey “for real”.

Please do not hesitate to contact Alison Seall – Tel. 01403 269038 or Email: if you:

  • have any queries about the survey;
  • need help with the survey;
  • wish to make any changes e.g. add or delete contact details or correct any errors.

Thank you for your support.



Judging Seminar-how was it?

The first EFG Breed Specific Judges Seminar was held in fabulous Autumn weather & provisional feedback says everybody had a fabulous time; despite serious head scratching in some cases. The slightly different format, which all candidates were aware of, caused interest, exclamation, interest and, in the words of one candidate ” probably the most difficult seminar I’ve ever attended!” The applause in any event like this has to always go to the dogs and suddenly a line from the Breed Standard and an explanation from the presentation was understood as the various Glen of Imaal Terriers present (aged from 2 years to 10) wagged their tails, yawned, sighed and, in one case, laid down for a sleep as they were repeatedly  gone over. The second round of “yeah, well done” has to be for the food. The EFG is always known for giving “a good do” and Sue, with the ladies, kept the standard as high as ever.

The assessors were totally on the ball: the Certificates and feedback letters will be posted out today!


Photo: David Seall


Photo: David Seall

Anybody know anybody?

The big Motorhome & Caravan Show is on at the NEC at the moment. It is such a size that there is a special camping ground set up in the North Car Park-electric hook ups, entertainment at night, shuttle buses from there to the show. The Kennel Club wants Crufts to have more and more exhibitors so why won’t they have such an arrangement there? Does anybody know anybody who might be able to push the idea forward? The Caravan Club would be more than willing to run the site and have spoken with the KC before but evidently they don’t really want to know. As things are supposedly changing (again) in KC attitudes to make showing easier maybe now is the time for somebody to have another go?

Health Survey Update

The Glen of Imaal Terrier 2014 health survey is now into its third week and we have received 53 responses, so far. If you have not yet completed the survey, there is a “preview” on the survey page … (link at the bottom of this post) … so that you can familiarise yourself with the type of questions asked, and the format of the survey.

We would appreciate the help of breeders, please, to spread the word about this survey. If you are still in contact with any of your puppy people, please do send them details.  Thank you!

We draw your attention to the following:

NB. There is a minor “logic blip” on the Your Glen’s details (UK and non-UK) pages. If you are completing the survey for a Glen that has sadly died, please fill in the age at which your Glen died for Q.15 (UK) or Q.28 (non-UK).

If you would like to be involved in the future monitoring of or research into any health issues highlighted by this survey, then please do provide your contact details in the “Permissions” section at the end of the survey.  Research projects not only require dogs affected with a particular condition (“cases”) but also dogs that are clear of that condition (“controls”), so even if your Glen is fit and healthy, please do consider putting your name forward.  Thank you!

All information submitted via this health survey remains confidential.  Our final report will not will not disclose the identity of individual dogs or owners.  If any research projects are initiated, arising from this survey, we will only contact respondents who have expressed that they are happy to participate in future health research and who have provided contact details.

The charts below provide a little bit of feedback from the survey (opens as pdf. document) to date … and illustrate where the survey responses have come from … (the UK and seven other countries) … and the numbers of Glens with reported health conditions.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the survey.  We look forward to receiving many more responses!

Please click on the link to take you to our health survey page –

If you have any queries about, or need help with the survey, please do not hesitate to contact Alison Seall –