Irish Sporting Glen Club critique

Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier Sporting Club of Ireland

Thank you to the committee for asking me to judge, this was my first trip to Ireland and I was made most welcome. The show itself was a real family affair, the shore work and lure racing was great fun for both dogs and humans, the weight pulling interesting to watch too. It was good to see that the dogs could work as well as show. I saw some good dogs, but I think that however good a specimen your dog is, attention should also be paid to mouths it just completes the whole picture.If you are entering into the realms of showing, the mouth is an important feature.

Baby Puppy

1st Derrynamuck Aonamach  6 months blue/brindle bitch Good head and expression, good bite, broad skull with correct shoulder placement. Good topline and hindquarters and good bone. Sound, moves well but could do with a bit more front leg, but still only a baby so could grow on.

2nd Stiubhard Rock n Rolla blue/brindle male 4 months entire, with good expressive head, good ears, shoulder could be better placed, sound, moves well with good topline and hindquarters. Ably handled by a very young man!

3rd Stiubhard Rhapsody 4 month wheaten bitch sister to 2nd. Good head and expression, correct bite, good neck and shoulder placement. Good topline and hindquarters, sound and moves well.Lost out to 2nd dog as his topline was better.

Puppy Dog

1st Stiubhard Hit the Road Jack,  9 months blue male of upper size. Good head and expression with good ear set, strong muzzle. Good neck and shoulder, with good topline to good hindquarters. Sound with a good free stride, my best dog and also judged as dog of the day for his shorework, lure racing and weight pulling, bob also

2nd Stiubhard Ezy Rider Blue brindle male brother to 1. A smaller dog than 1, with good head and earset, could have a better stop. Shoulder could be better placed, good topline and hindquarters. Sound away, close to not quite the movement of 1 Res Best Dog


1st Ballyclare Finn 3 years blue/brindle mouth could be better good head and expression with good earset. Neck good a bit short in shoulder, topline and hindquarters good, sound and moves well.

2nd Ballyclare  Fuzzy 2years blue/ brindle with good head, ears a bit heavy. Mouth could be better. Shoulder could be better placed, topline and hindquarters good. Sound with adequate movement

3rd Bailielands Dodger Blue/brindle male of smaller type than first two. Good head and expression, shoulder could be better, he was not relaxed and this affected his topline. Good hindquarters but on the day did not want to move.


1st Carriglen Torcan 7 years wheaten male good head and earset, good expression , light eyes which detracted. Good front and hindquarters, strong body good topline. Did not have the movement of the best and res best dog.

Puppy Bitch

Stiubhard Gypsy Eyes 9 month wheaten bitch sister to the two dog pups. Good head and bite, good ears with good neck, shoulder and topline. Could have a bit better hind angles, sound, needs more drive

Junior Bitch

1st Stiubhard Bellatrix L’Estrange Wheaten bitch with Good head, expression and earset. Good shoulder and topline, would like a bit more hind angles. Sound away toes in a bit coming to. She did not have much coat so ‘what you saw was what you got’ Very stylish shape, like a bit more body to finish the picture, which will come with age.   Her movement is very good which won her best bitch.

2nd Tara Blue/brindle with good head and expression, good ear set. Good neck leading to good topline, front is good needs more hindquarter. A bit long on the leg, Sound but erratic in movement.

3rd Savannah wheaten head is ok but jaw needs to be stronger, the mouth is not correct. Shoulder forward placed, short in the body, hind angles adequate. Sound moved adequately

Open Bitch

1/ Poachersmoon Sissy McGinty 4 years wheaten bitch with good head and expression, good earset. Mouth is correct but could have a stronger jaw. Good coat and body. Hindquarters good, sound moves well but not the drive on the move as my best bitch she was Res best bitch

2/Poachersmoon Flidais Smaller wheaten bitch 4yrs sister to 1, good head and expression with good ears. Good neck, forward placed shoulder, body a bit short. Good hindquarters , sound but moved eraticaly

3/Bailielands Millie 9 1/2years blue, mouth not correct. Good strong head with good expression and good earset. Good front, topline and hindquarters, didn’t move so well but sound.

Veteran Bitch

1st Bailielands Leanbh Orga 6yrs wheaten bitch of smaller type. Good head and expression, neck ok but the shoulder is a bit forward placed with short upper arm. Topline and hindquarters good. Sound but bunny hopped all the way round so a bit difficult to assess on the move.

2nd Ballyfoyle Ellie 9 ½ year blue good head but expression detracts as the eyes are light. Mouth not correct. Front and rear angles good, sound moves ok

Best Dog &BOB Stiubhard Hit the Road Jack Res Best Dog Stiubhard Ezy Rider

Best Bitch Stiubhard Bellatrix L’Strange Res Best Bitch Poachersmoon Sissy McGinty

Best Puppy Derrynamuck Aonamach

Kathy George (Judge)










Glen Rescue…the side nobody really wants to think about.

Last Saturday a Glen of Imaal Terrier went to the vets to be killed. He had been going to come into Rescue but the owner made a decision herself. She had got the Glen from a general rescue organisation, she told them she wanted it for a dog-friendly café, they had allowed it to go. Suffice to say the reaction of the Glen to this new environment resulted in rather a lot of blood. She was shocked, she spoke to the breeder (who had no idea the dog had been rehomed) and she spoke to Rescue. Arrangements were made. The breeder did some ringing around & discovered the Glen had gone into Rescue, not because of the house move told, but because it was unpredictable. It’s record included, amongst other things, killing a sheep and it had never been groomed because it growled. It was a dog totally unsuitable for its owner but the breeder had no idea there had been problems. The original owners had kept going with it, the dog ruling the roost, for 6 years but then it had got too much. The new owner instantly realised what the old owner had refused to do- it couldn’t go on.

Are you reading this with shock and horror? If so is it for what the Glen did? What the new owner did or how horrible my Glen isn’t like that at all? The Glen did what all Glens could do. The new owner did exactly and precisely what she should and your Glen could very well have acted/ will act just the same. If you think you “could have done something with it” would you like to offer a home to the 5 year old bitch who is in Rescue because she is good with people but downright nasty with other dogs?

There have been 6 others in this year. What else could a pet owner do, who had never owned a Glen before, who was sold an adult bitch to live with his adult bitch of another breed do? Stop cringing at the back there, you know and I know that that should never have happened but it did and this is the problem:-Glen of Imaal Terrier actual knowledge verses Glen of Imaal Terrier “we read it up on the internet and joined  Social Media” knowledge.

This was written back in 2002: This unfortunately illustrates something that does seem to be happening within the breed. Some admirers are so taken up with how wonderful their animals are they are forgetting to be exactly honest on the true temperament and character of the breed. We all love the breed to bits but it must be remembered and emphasised that Glens are generally not suitable for first time dog owners, unless they have a basic grounding in stock, as they will not be backward in walking all over somebody who does not enforce proper pack discipline and rules

There has been a Glen Rescue since 1980 and 2006 was the first year no dogs came in. There were a quiet few years and then it started again and now there have been 6 Rescues, 4 placements (Glens rehomed, with Rescue assistance, straight to a new home) and 3 mind-change placements but we expect so see them again sometime, in just 9 months. Once upon a time when you bred a Glen you were responsible for it until it’s death and it’s high time that came back into being. YOU BREED IT-YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR IT

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We’re talking A LOT about puppies!

Back on the 15th September the question was asked what would people like to talk about? A few interesting emails ensued, thanks for them and they will be discussed, but without doubt “the biggie” that caught the ire of UK Glen of Imaal Terrier owners was the number of puppies available for sale in the UK during the summer. There were emails, telephone calls, actual conversations and in this virtual world that is the biggest sign of consternation!

It wasn’t a lack of puppies that was causing the worry, it was the excess. Yes, there were too many Glen babies to go around. One direct email quote will sum up “In a breed that needs an owner that knows what they are doing how the bl***y h**l was there 35 looking for homes at one time?” A conversation at a show began with “is it really true that….” and ended with “…but why?” That is the million dollar question and some answers to it aren’t too politically correct.

Is it the pushing by the Kennel Club that Glens are a Vulnerable Breed and there needs to be more puppies bred? 17 for sale listed at one time to the same breeder certainly says they have adopted the KC word for it with enthusiasm. For “the good of the bitch” is a right load of baloney but it was heard this year and so was “for the good of the breed” and that’s back to the blasted Vulnerable Breed status again. As one concerned Glen owner said “you used to have to wait for a puppy. Have we even joined the instant want, instant get market then? It was also realised by experienced people that 35 listed on the KC website probably wasn’t the full number of pups available and it wasn’t as some breeders had, as it used to be, sold their pups before they were whelped.

Does the breed needs a puppy co-ordinator, is anyone willing to volunteer? Anybody mating their bitch needs to inform and anybody accepting a bitch to their dog needs to tell them to let a co-ordinator know or pass the message along themselves.


The first weekend of Autumn….

….and more Group Placements for Glen of Imaal Terriers!

Where to start with the riches happening over the weekend? First in at Gallatin Dog Club (2 day event) is Finnabair Double D Friend of a Friend with a Group 3 and Group1, then another Group 3 & Gp1 at Helena (Montana) KC. Gig Harbour KC saw a BOB for Keadeen’s Sir Emmet Mingus Glass, BOS to Keadenn’s Second Star To The Right but Emmet went on to Owner Handler Group 1 and Terrier Group 4. Another Group 3 placement (and 3xBOB) for Abberann Torcan in Missouri

Maybe no Group Placements next but still Best of Breeds at Butler County KC for Tipperary That Girl and Tipperary Countess of Grantham. Two for Kilkenny’s Irish American at Castlerock at West Volusia KC. Marfidal Pleasant Surprise went Best of Breed in Finland with Rosears Kate The Duchess taking Best Bitch. Maastricht 2016 saw Fire & Ice Liberty become BOB & Benelux Winner.

At Belfast Abberann Phelan was Best of Breed, Daultons Midnight Sky of Galore Best Bitch and the two Reserves were Jeonty Living Dream Saul and Abberann Reach For The Stars Ryanne. Best Puppy was awarded to Stiubhard Hit The Road Jack at Adrgraigue. Nice to get some news from Australia as Taufield Queen Of Tara gains the last points for her Championship at Nanango & District Kennel Club.

The “Brains Department” has been flying too as Kelli sends the following:-Ber-D-Mar Ballygriffin of Greystone BN, RA, CAA, RATO, JE, NJP, CGCA, NW2, PKDI, NCO2 chased the bunnies this weekend earning 5 more coursing ability legs and the “Meet & Greet” Department Donvaleset Rebus & Donvaleset Domino were at Malvern Autumn Show

Congratulations everybody, you do us so proud


A happy looking Sporting Glen Club event!

From the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier Sporting Terrier Club of Ireland:

Thank you to everyone participating in our annual show.Thank you Kathy George again for judging our Irish dogs!
The winners were:
Dog of the Day: Stiubhard Hit the Road Jack @ Ardgraigue (Winner of WeightPulling, fastest Shorework and fastest Lure)

Best of Show: Stiubhard Hit the Road Jack @ Ardgraigue. Reserve Best of Show: Stiubhard Bellatrix L’Estrange

Best Male: Stiubhard Hit the Road Jack @ Ardgraigue. Reserve Best Male: Stiubhard Ezy Rider

Best Female: Stiubhard Bellatrix L’Estrange. Reserve Best Female: Poachersmoon Sissy McGinty

Best Puppy: Derrynamack Aonarach

A great day with lots of dogs and people!  Another big thank you to our sponsors and helpers!

A reminder for the American cousins!

Conformation entries for the four shows (Hatboro 1 & 2, Devon & Montgomery) in the cluster close TODAY at noon. The judges for Glen of Imaal Terriers are

Hatboro Day 1, William de Villeneuve (NY)

Hatboro Day 2, Kerry Lee (AUS).

Devon, Elizabeth “Beth” Sweigart (PA). She was to have judged at the rained out Devon show last year.

Montgomery, Rick McKinney(MA), Sweeps and Veteran sweeps, Christine Erickson (AZ)


Darlington Critique

Glen of Imaal Terrier

PD (2) 1.Hogburn’s Pajantick Razamataz. Well constructed throughout demonstrating strength and substance without coarseness, well defined head, good mouth, good front and feet, strong body, coat coming on well, elegant on the move. BP. 2. Hardy’s Amhard Lightening Flash. Nice overall shape and good balance but needs more furnishings on the legs to complete the picture, a little playful on the move but when settled moved OK.

JD (1) 1. Tobijanski & Tobijanski’s Romainville Becks Blue for Zippor. Good head with dark eye, well set small ears, giving pleasing expression, nice front, deep chest and well made body, tended to be a bit stiff behind on the move.

PGD (1) 1. Hardy’s Amhard Justin Thyme. Nice head proportions with good width of skull and strong jaw, large white teeth with good bite, nice body, held topline and good profile on the move.

LD (4.1) 1. Alstead’s Golden Spurs. Nice overall balance and good shape throughout, liked head and ears, well bodied with well sprung ribs , parallel rear movement with drive. 2. Roger’s Gleann Dynamo at Jeonty. Nice overall appearance and neat outline and moved with purpose, but preferred head of 1. 3. Hannington’s Boudivella Oscar.

OD (4.1) 1. George & Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz. No denying title in front of this boy’s name and a very worthy example, liked overall size, shape and appearance, just a little let down today but coat not being at it’s best, very sound mover. Dog CC and BOB. 2. Hogburn’s Pajantick Star Trooper. Well made dog, solid all over and lots to like, well handled to get the most out of him. Res Dog CC. 3. Howarth’s Donvaleset Liffy at Arkview.

PB (1) 1. Wither’s Patjantick Rockahula. Good basic shape but let herself down on the move and held tail down, coat in good order for age, just needs a little more confidence.

JB (1) 1. Rogers’ Jeonty Minnie Meme. Nice feminine head, well set eyes and ears, muscular neck, well bodied but overall appearance detracted by lack of leg furnishings, when deciding to put it all in moved with a fluid action.

PGB(2) 1. James & O’Brien’s Amhard Jessy Jay. Needs a little more attention to ring training as tended to stand a little wide in front, good head, nicely made body with well set tail, well angulated rear with good bend of stifle, in good coat, moved OK. 2. Hardy & Tune’s Arhard Jeez Louise.  Sound expression and good length of foreface, nice width of head, well proportioned body, not in best of coats and not using tail on the move.

LB (1) 1. George & Sullivan’s Romainville Jean Genie. Very attractive bitch and liked overall shape and balance, well made head, dark eye, small well set ears, strong neck, well bodied, coat in good order, natural and free mover. Bitch CC.

OB (2.1) 1. George, Garnham & George’s Romainville Fade to Grey. Nice overall appearance but not always using ears to advantage, good head, well made shoulders, good body shape, in good coat, moved soundly. Res Bitch CC.

Max King (Judge)


Busy, busy weekend & Midland Counties closes today

It’s been a busy few days for Glen of Imaal Terrier people. At Darlington Championship Show it was a Romainville Double with Billy Whizz taking Best of Breed & Jean Genie Best Bitch. The two Reserves were Pajantick Star Trooper and Romainville Fade To Grey. The Dutch Glen Association held their Annual Champions Club Match with the BIS rosette being awarded to Billy Tow vom Au Deich with his daughter Fear Fiuntair Candy Keva Best Opposite so another double there. Reserve Dog & Bitch were McJake’s Angels’s Son Djuke & McJake’s Aivy. Carlow was another Best of Breed for Abberann Phelan and Abberann Reach For The Stars Ryanne was Best Bitch

The Irish Sporting Glen Club had their big weekend of showing, weight pulling etc. and have sent some nice photographs. Best In Show went to Stiubhard Hit the Road Jack at Ardgraigue with Stiubhard Bellatrix L’Estrange Best Bitch. They’ll be more coverage of their event on Friday as the judge promised her critique so hopefully it’ll be available by then. At the Danish Kennel Club International Show McCormac Setna Sithbacc took the Copenhagen Winners title with Bowler Hats Boggie Woogie taking home Best Bitch.

Over in America belated news of two Group 2s for Finnabair Double D Friend of a Friend at Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club back to back.Whilst across the country at Timberland KC Keadeen’s Sir Emmet Mingus Glas was taking BOB & Owner Handler Group 1 over Keadeen’s Second Star To The Right. South Shore Kennel Club saw Daulton’s Wild Night Galore take Best of Breed but the star of the day was Best Opposite Kilkenny’s Granite Glen Lily who was BOB Owner Handler, then took the Terrier Group Owner Handler and finally ended up as RBISOH! Friday at South Shore had Ber-D-Mar Sweet William O’Shea take the BOB rosette home with Kilkenny’s Granite Glen Rooney Best Bitch. Cape Cod KC was another BOB for Daulton’s Wild Night Galore and another BB for Kilkenny’s Granite Glen Rooney and this was repeated again on Sunday. Licking River Kennel Club (love that name) saw another Group Placement when BOB Daulton’s Rory took OH Group 3, Daulton’s Caoimhe of Pine Meadow was Best Opposite on the first day with another Owner Handler Group placement, this time 4, on the second day for Rory with Emerald Isle Keeley with Daulton taking Best Bitch. Greater Lafayette Kennel Club had, yet another, Glen getting the nod for a Group placement with Abberann Torcan getting Gp2.

All these fabulous awards deserve fabulous congratulations but the honour of the day has to go to Kylee. Owner Laura Trainor writes:-CH Rainbow Springs Kylee of Cnoc CD RE OAP OJP OFP CGCA has earned her Senior Barn Hunt title at the Central Bark trial in Central Square, NY. Not too bad for a 12 year old!

Well done everybody and if you’re in the UK and thinking of entering Midland Counties Show (Terrier Day Thursday 22nd October) where Stephen Holmes is judging Glens you need to get a move on as entries close today