2014 Glen Health Survey is nearing the end..but not quite

This is a Glen of Imaal Terrier …  It’s a nice looking dog, isn’t it?  But will it give its people the full life and companionship it should?  Nobody can really be 100% sure of anything, but shouldn’t we all be doing our best?  The 2014 Glen Health Survey closing date has been extended, so if you haven’t filled it in why not give it a go?  It can’t do any harm and it could do a lot of good.  Indeed it may even help future breeders be able to say, “Yes, that nice looking Glen of Imaal Terrier WILL give its owners a full quota of healthy, trouble-free years of love.”


The health survey closing date has been extended by another two weeks to Friday 12th December.  We haven’t quite reached our targets of 122 UK responses … or an overall total of 300 completed surveys.

WHY is it important to do this survey for all our Glens …?  It’s important to help future generations of Glens …

HOW …?  Researchers need “proof” … by way of robust data … that a breed has a health issue before they will consider a research project … and that robust data needs to come from a reasonable number of Glens both affected by (“cases”) and unaffected by (“controls”) for a particular condition.  We may be able to request the help of scientists to look at specific health problems highlighted within the breed … and this, in turn, will help future generations of Glens … IF enough owners help by participating in this survey!

Please fill in the survey if your Glen is fit and healthy!

Please fill in the survey if your Glen has a health problem/s. We hear about Glens with SKIN problems and ALLERGIES … and about Glens with a problem called PREMATURE CLOSURE OF THE DISTAL ULNA (PCDU), which may also be referred to as ANGULAR LIMB DEFORMITY (ALD).

If your Glen has ever had skin issues or allergies … or if s/he has ever had serious limping issues (with or without an official diagnosis) … please complete the survey!

If you’re happy for you and your Glen/s to be involved in research that may arise from this survey, please don’t forget to include your name and email address in the “Permissions” section at the end of the survey.  Thank you.


Vulnerable Breeds Competition

January 1st 2015 will see the official launch of the Kennel Club ‘Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds Competition‘. This exciting new competition sponsored by Eukanuba and supported by the competition’s Media Partner ‘Our Dogs’, is the first of its kind established by the Kennel Club.

The competition will help raise awareness of our rare native breeds and recognise those dedicated to ensuring their continued survival, any Glen of Imaal Terrier owner (or anybody with what the KC considers a “Vulnerable Breed” can read about it on the KC website.

Yes they will…..

Some eagle eyed people noticed that the judge for the 2015 EFG Open Show was included in the Judges List last week. In answer to their question of will the Schedules be out soon then-we’d like to give a very big affirmative. The Christmas newsletter will be posted out the first week of December and they will be in there. Also Jean will be carrying them around her person (somewhere) so if you see her and would like one…….

National Canine Health Testing Week

For this year’s National Canine Health Testing Week (17 – 21 November), dog owners are being encouraged to show off their healthy and happy dogs by taking a ‘healthy selfie’ of their pet and uploading it to social media with the hashtags #doghealthyselfie and #NCHTW.

The campaign aims to help spread the word about the importance of using recommended health testing before breeding, and buying puppies from appropriately health tested parents.

The Kennel Club is calling for those who support canine health testing to take a photo of their dogs with a piece of paper or card in front of them with a statement written on demonstrating their support for canine health testing, such as ‘I support National Canine Health Testing Week’, ‘I’ve been hip scored’ or ‘Health tested and proud’.  These photos should then be uploaded to social media, using the hashtags #doghealthyselfie and #NCHTW to show the world that dog owners care about the importance of health testing. Have you-and your Glen of Imaal Terrier-supported?
Full details can be found on the Kennel Club website

A Glen of Imaal Terrier supporter!

A Glen of Imaal Terrier supporter!


Any Health Survey week has gone by



The closing date for the survey is next Friday 28th November

We are still some way short of our UK target of 122 responses … and our overall target of 300 completed surveys.

We have received 97 responses from the UK, and 157 from non-UK owners, making a total, so far, of 254 completed surveys.

  • If you’re a breeder, please pass on details of the survey to your puppy people, as well as doing the survey for all your Glens!
  • If you know anyone else with a Glen, please let them know about the survey!
  • If you still have more surveys to complete, please help us to get to that target of 300!

Just a few minutes of your time will provide another piece of the jigsaw that will help to build a picture of the overall health of our wonderful breed …

If any significant health issues are identified by this survey, we can then look at the possibilities of further monitoring and/or condition-specific research. Thank you to everyone who has already completed the survey!  Your commitment to breed health is much appreciated …

“Working together towards a healthy future for our lovely breed”

2nd Weekend Before Advent…..

…but still Glen of Imaal Terriers people are out and about with their dogs. The two shows for the Norwegian Winners say a double Best of Breed for Stiubhard Cutie Pie at Gleann with Gleann Bigwig & Stiubhard Artful Dodger at Gleann getting the two Best Opposite rosettes. Over in America Glens continued to place in the Terrier Group with a Group 4 for GCH Emerald Isle Keely with Daulton taking Gp 4 at Lima KC (following on from the Owner Handler Gp2 the previous day) and finishing off the weekend with another Owner Handler Gp4 whilst GCH Abberann Torcan took Gp 4 also and GCH Finnabair Ardmore Ned also took a Gp4 in Pennsylvania and BOB all 4 days of the Oaks Cluster. Laura Trainor and Niamh took their 25th Master Standard Preferred Leg and so became the first Glen of Imaal to have the title Master Agility Preferred Bronze!! Great stuff, everybody!!

GCH Emerald Isle Keeley with Daulton

GCH Emerald Isle Keeley with Daulton


GCH Finnabair Ardmore Ned