The Kennel Club BRS is out and it makes interesting reading for Glen of Imaal Terriers with an eye watering 55 registered. On such numbers some may think applause but those haven’t been in touch but, for fairness, it has to be acknowledged they may be out there. What is out there, from people who understand the breed, is the literal OMG and not in a favourable way.
Twenty of the registrations are by one dog who doesn’t seem to have any eye testing results published. One of the bitches is tested clear but two are tested carriers so hopefully it is just a matter of “paperwork” not catching up with itself on the KC website. Another 18 pups are by the same dog, and he is tested clear, but all were born before he was 15 months old! Of course breeding practices change all the time but with Glens being such a late maturing breed it used to be that one litter was produced early-to get the dog used to be handled and to prove he could do it-and then there was a gap to see how the youngster himself matured and see what his pups provisionally looked like. Obviously that well respected, long held idea has been assigned to the scrap heap by one breeder.
In a year that there have been more Glens coming into rescue/asking for placement than for quite a long time previously the heart does sink a little to see numbers like 55 in one quarter. Hopefully we just pessimists but money isn’t being taken.