As we leave 2016…

Let us all celebrate Glen of Imaal Terriers. Each and every one is special but the Top Show Glens are the ones that repeatedly get out to spread the word to everybody. In the UK Pajantick Star Trooper gets the accolade and it is Gleann Willie the Whale for Denmark. Finland sees Glenrosedale Buagh Ri Arthur Milo take the nod for number 1 and the USA raises a paw to Abberann Torcan and his younger “bro” Abberann Phelan gets the same in Ireland so incredibly well done.

If any other country would like to send their Top Glen we’d be happy to mention them on here.

Happy 2017 to every Glen of Imaal Terrier owner, admirer, follower, enthusiast and lover.

Have you noticed the “P”?

The front page of the EFG website now has a button on the top left hand corner that says Pinterest. If you hit the link it will take you to the board we have started. The generosity of Glen of Imaal Terrier people world wide in sending their news and photographs to share means the blog has one of the best (as in varied) Glen breed collections in the world so we’re sharing it further. Want to send anything?

EFG Committee Meeting summary

A committee meeting was held after judging at LKA.  A variety of matters were discussed. Costings had been obtained  to re-print  the information booklet for new owners. The committee agreed that the price quoted was good  and that the existing material should be reviewed, updated where needed and the project proceeded with.

The diaries printed last year to mark the 20th year of EFG made a small loss and it was agreed it was probably not something to repeat as not too many people use a diary. However if it was repeated we agreed to add the secretaries details to future copies.

Calendars were discussed and it was agreed that we should possibly look at producing one for 2018. It could follow the same lines as the one for 2016 with an invitation for people to submit images for consideration. Ask for interest via the blog.

Work is still proceeding on trying to put together a grooming day but finding dates that are suitable is proving a challenge.

Health matters were discussed. The genome project was still in the early stages so there was nothing to report. The breed final breed health survey report is awaited. A discussion took place on adding extra health advice pages to the EFG Health website. It was decided that we should wait until the full health report had been received and discussed.

Open show 2017 planning is all under control the judge will be Karen Forbes and Royal Canin have offered their support for prizes. Judges have accepted for 2018 and 2019. Committee were reminded that they and members needed to put forward nominations for consideration by members at the AGM.

The committee all expressed their willingness to continue serve at the end of their 3 year term but were reminded that they needed to submit nominations in the proper manner to the secretary prior to the AGM.

Santa is coming!



Happy Christmas!!!

The day after tomorrow is Christmas day. The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a totally non PC outlook so, in the spirit of the breed we adore, we’re wishing every Glen owner, fancier and admirer HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Happy Holidays, Winterfest etc. is just not for us. If you need a few moments peace anytime during the celebrations and excessiveness see if you can watch this. It’s from Irish television, is about Terrier Breeds of Ireland and is in Gaelic. Glens are about 13 minutes in.

Have a great couple of days……..however you spend it make sure to enjoy!!!!

Vulnerable Breeds competition closes soon

Owners of Vulnerable British and Irish dog breeds are reminded that entry to the Kennel Club’s dedicated Crufts competition closes at the end of the year.

To raise awareness of vulnerable native breeds, and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity, the Kennel Club created the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition in 2015. Its inaugural year was met with great enthusiasm by exhibitors and saw the top scoring winner from each vulnerable breed invited to attend the first grand final, held at Crufts 2016.

The final at Crufts 2017 will be held on Friday 10th March at the NEC in Birmingham.

The competition, which is sponsored by Eukanuba and run in conjunction with media partner Our Dogs, is open to dogs of all vulnerable breeds competing at open and championship shows, and dogs of breeds on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list are able to collect points for awards at these shows. Points can be claimed for Best of Breed or Best Any Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC) and also for group placings at championship shows.

Exhibitors should record their Best of Breed/Group wins on the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition claim form/book for points gained from January to December 2016, and then submit this to the Kennel Club for verification (points will be awarded for championship and specific open show wins).

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club has been delighted with the response to the competition so far and is pleased that we are able to give these vulnerable breeds the recognition that they deserve.

“Now that the deadline is approaching, we would remind owners of these breeds that they need to fill out a claim form if they wish to have the opportunity to compete on the famous green carpet. Crufts is a wonderful showcase for pedigree dogs and the perfect chance to show the world just how special the rare British and Irish native breeds really are.”

To take part, exhibitors need to download a Kennel Club British and Irish Breeds Competition claim form from the Kennel Club website:

The completed form must be submitted to the Breed Shows Team at 5th January 2017. The Crufts finalist for each breed will be notified by the Kennel Club.

How points are awarded:

Single breed open shows and all breed/group open shows:

Best of Breed/Best in AVNSC classes     1 point

Championship shows

Best of Breed/Best in AVNSC classes     1 point

Group winner                                               4 points

2nd place in group                                      3 points

3rd place in group                                        2 points

4th place in group                                        1 point

Winter newsletter and 2017 show schedule now on the website

The EFG winter newsletter has now been posted, handed out and is on the EFG website (members area) for overseas members. Get in touch with Jean is you haven’t had yours (if you prefer a hard copy) or can’t remember the password for the member’s area if you prefer to read online.

The 2017 EFG Open Show schedule is also on the events section of the website

Glen Association critique

Glen of Imaal Terrier Association Championship Show 27/10/16

Thank you to the Officers and Committee for their kind invitation. I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Thanks too, for my very able steward. Dentition has improved greatly since the last time I judged the breed, credit to the breeders for this. Not only were a majority of good bites, but teeth were of a good size and clean too. I was looking for a strongly built animal, correctly proportioned, muscled and boned and with that unmistakable Glen head and expression.

Veteran (2) 1st Sage’s Jeonty Lola May at Wickholm  8 year old wheaten bitch, between coats but took this place on her better balance and general proportions . 2nd Samuel’s Jeonty Red Clover 10 year old bitch who enjoyed herself! in good coat and satisfactory for breed type.

Junior Dog (2, 1abs) 1st Hardy’s Amhard Lightening Flash juvenile male who displays his qualities on the move better than he does stacked! A promising male, masculine throughout, of good size and type. He moved soundly and was presented in excellent coat. His expression was exactly what I look for in a good Glen male.

Post Graduate Dog    (3) 1st Samuel’s Jeonty Yippe Kiaye young blue of superior type. This male is excellently balanced, has pleasing angles allowing him to move freely. Another good masculine male with pleasing headpiece. 2nd Rogers Kingcottage Boogie on Basil presented in an excellent jacket, acceptable in terms of breed type and size. 3rd Dunning’s Romainville Freddies Choice.

Limit Dog (5, 1 abs) 1st Alstead’s Golden Spurs brindle male of excellent type. Presented in good coat, his took his place on his superior balance and good footfall. His movement in profile is excellent. I particularly appreciated the strong masculine head and excellent expression. I am sure it will not be too long before he joins the top males!  2nd Hardy’s Amhard Justin Thyme Strong male of lower station than the winner. Presented in excellent coat and moved soundly, but he fails to make the best of himself on the move, today lacking in a deal of enthusiasm. 3rd Hannington’s Boviolvella Oscar

Open Dog (5, 2 abs) a really interesting class which was a pleasure to assess. Decisions are made on the day rather than considering what might be in time to come! 1st George & Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz No dog is perfect, but this is a championship dog show, and this male entered the ring and commanded it, shown and presented as a show dog should be. He is for me, ideal for size and strength. He could only be a Glen, those eyes say it all! He possesses strong bone, a masculine head, although I would prefer a more slightly defined stop. His profile movement is a joy to watch, driving of strong quarters he powered around the ring holding his superb outline. Strength, substance and a superb jacket made him an easy CC winner and his stronger rear movement tipped the balance in his favour for BIS over an extremely good bitch CC winner. 2nd Sage’s Romainville Fast n’ Furious at Wickholm blue male of excellent type, surprised he doesn’t have his title. A well proportioned male of good height to length ratio. Pleasing head and good movement, presented in good coat but maybe tidy the fringes on the hocks a little to ensure that his sound movement is clearly evident.Delighted to award him a well deserved ResCC. 3rd Rogers Gleann Dynamo Man at Jeonty

Minor Puppy Bitch (3) 1st George’s Romainville Izzy Wizzy Heading the class of 3 super babies, this is the one I wanted to take home! 6 months on the day, her size and type are just what I was looking for. Pleasing in head & size of teeth, superb angulation fore and aft, sufficient rib and loin development. Clean in outline with excellent neck and shoulder line. Her movement is sound and true and in profile, she drives and reaches to an absolute advantage. Thrilled to be able to award her BPIS and seriously considered higher honours; look forward to seeing her develop more. 2nd Tavenrnor’s Romainville Sky Blue litter sister top above and much of the same comments regarding her breed type and qualities apply. her young handler must persevere  with her for she surely has a great future once she has the hang of the show ring! This puppies crowning glory is her stunning head and expression. 3rd Alstead’s Sigrid Melga at Pantcottage.

Puppy Bitch (3) 1st Sag’es Wickholm Breaking Dawn a well grown wheaten girl who has the potential to make a top class female. Her superior balance and co-ordinated movement made her an easy winner for me today. 2nd Squires Squires Beachat Baratheon pretty brindle bitch, need to body up and develop in the rib. Presently as one would expect, her lack of maturity is emphasising the fact that she is rather too long in the loin. 3rd Bill & Yates Romainville Bobbi Dazzler

Post Graduate Bitch (3) 1st Hardy’s Amhard Jezz Louise took this class on her sound movement. Initial impressions do little justice to the sheer essence of her breed type. She is well proportioned, well boned, superbly angulated, well ribbed back with strong loin and has the best of body coats. In the challenge for the bitch CC I found her most equal to my CC winner and I was delighted to award her the Res CC. 2nd Hall & Salett Bendikes Fidelma    young promising blue girl with a wonderful expression. She is well built with a good quality coat, presented in a little soft condition today which affected her movement . Not quite the angulation of 1. One I would love to trim! 3rd James & O’Brien Amhard Jessie Jay

Limit Bitch (3) 1st Squires Young May Moon I understand she now has her title and I can see why! She took my eye immediately for her perfect size, substance and oh so typical outline. Upon closer examination, I found  her head and expression so wonderful, flowing into well laid shoulder and superior front. Presented and shown to an absolute advantage, her profile movement is a joy to behold, excellent reach and drive. I had no hesitation in awarding her the CC and was delighted to see her in the challenge with my dog CC winner. Res BIS 2nd George & Sullivan’s Romainville Jean Genie another good bitch from this kennel, but today she looked rather immature against 1 and didn’t have the carriage and presence of 1. 3rd Hannington’s Romainville Uptown Girl

Open Bitch (5, 2 abs) 1st George & Garnham’ Romainville Fade to Grey blue bitch presented to an advantage. She took her place today due to her superior coat and condition and the soundest movement of the 3. I would like a little more muscle mass and wish she was a tad more animated, hope she gains her title, but today she couldn’t match the animation and carriage of my top winners. 2nd Rogers Ch Jeonty Me Me Fern I understand why she is a champion! Today she wasn’t in the best of coat, but her lack of coat only served to emphasis her superb breed type, head and maturity of body. Sadly her movement today let her down, she did not move away soundly despite several chances, a shame for if she had, she would of taken the class. 3rd Ashcroft’s Romainville Moira-

Judge Tim Harrison

Eukanuba Week

It’s an American Glen of Imaal Terrier round up week as, whilst the rest of the world settles down a little for Christmas, the US show scene decamps to Florida for the big Eukanuba week.

Tuesday was Space Coast KC of Palm Bay with a Best of Breed for Kilkenny’s Across The Universe at Setanta and Gleann Cotton Cody Best of Winners and Best Opposite Sex. Wednesday was Brevard Kennel Club and Finnabair Double D Friend of a Friend took BOB with Finnabair Shorlyne Summer in the Caatskills BOS. Daulton’s Rory was BOBOH and then took Number 1 in the Owner handler Group. Thursday saw two new Champions with Cotton Cody taking BOB (he was first shown in October at Montgomery) and 10 month old Daulton’s Caoimhe of Pine Meadows getting the nod for Best Bitch.

The big event was the weekend with Terriers on the Sunday. The major results were a repeat of Tuesday with Kilkenny Across The Universe at Setanta Best of Breed and Gleann Cotton Cody Best Dog. Select Dog Finnabair Double D Friend Of A Friend and Select Bitch
Daulton’s Princess C Hatteras. Best of Winners Finnabair Caatskill Lightning On The Shorlyne

The UK has Discover Dogs and the AKC has Meet The Breeds-the Glen booth was awarded 3rd place in the Terrier Group competition.

Finally Monique writes:-Oliver qualified for the third time and earned a title in the Excellent Buildings class at a Performance Scent Dogs trial on Sunday.  This completed the requirements (3 qualifying excellent runs in each of 5 elements-Buildings, Exteriors, Containers, Distance, Speed) for the Scent Dog Excellent (SDE) overall title.  He is only the third dog to achieve the highest level in this nosework organization. Most of all, I am extremely proud of my 17 year old Glen of Imaal Terrier, who still amazes me with his motivation to work and fun loving spirit.

Well done everybody and particularly the superb Oliver!