It’s a Friday reminder


(We still have over 150 to go …)

This is Tamar and Storm at the Animal Health Trust, where all the swabs are stored for the Glen DNA Archive. If you have a few minutes this weekend, please visist the Glen Archive website and request a swab kit for YOUR Glen … the DNA from your Glen may one day help scientists with their research into canine health. There is a swab kit request form, video demonstrating how to take the swabs … and lots more information about the Archive … on the link below!

Thank you!


​Alison Seall

Glen DNA Archive Coordinator​

Blackpool extend their entries

Blackpool Championship Show have extended the closing date for online entries until May 21st. Glen of Imaal Terriers are to be judged by Espen Engh and Terrier Day is Friday 23rd June. If you are attending this show remember to prepay car parking as it jumps from three to ten pounds on the day

Be VERY careful with this!

Glen of Imaal Terrier people like to buy things that have Glen of Imaal Terriers on them. Some Glen people even go running….well so we are told. This website has been sent and, after dissecting it a bit, there can only be one thing said……think VERY hard before purchasing. It could be genuine but websites that are seemingly in one country but actually aren’t are often only after your money!!

Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts & Fanciers Club Open Show critique

Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts and Fanciers Club   23rd April 2017

 Thank you to the committee for asking me to judge the open show. Overall the dogs were reasonably well presented, there is an improvement in the mouths but not in overall breed type. The bitches are stronger in type than the dogs.

PG Dog: Tobjanski Romanville Becks Blue For Zippor. Good bite with good dark eyes strong head, good bone overall a very balanced dog. Moved well, well muscled. Could improve on presentation.

Limit Dog: 1st Rodgers Gleann Dynamo Man at Jeonty (Fin Imp) BD. Good bite strong foreface well set ears, pleasing shoulders good overall balance moved with purpose. 2nd Alsteads Golden Spurs RBD first judged this young dog in 2014 at Driffield he has matured well, lovely expression with a strong jaw giving a scissor bite. Good dark eye, well placed ears. Good strong neck going into well placed shoulders, his hind quarters have strengthened but not moving his best today.

Open Dog; Romainville Fast ‘N’ Furious At Wickholm. Not on his best behaviour today give his handler a hard time. Good head, strong mouth , dark ears with well set ears, good front with strong hindquarters. Pity he wouldn’t behave.

Veteran Dog: Hadley Ch Donvalset Rebus BV. This dog surprised me!!! Very good length of neck, strong chest and hindquarters defiantly did not look his age, well muscled and really would love to see him stripped out just goes that you can not judge a dog until you have placed you hands on it. Thoroughly enjoyed his day. Thank you for bringing him.

Puppy Bitch: Hannington Boudivella Tegan BP. Mouth good, still very much a baby good dark eye, loose in shoulders but good hindquarters very feminine just needs to concentrate.

Junior Bitch: Sage Wickholm Breaking Dawn BB & BIS. 16months old, very good proportions with a good scissor bite, dark nose, well placed ears good neck going into strong shoulders and forequarters good tight feet. Strong loin with good hindquarters which she uses well on the moved. Her overall profile is lovely.

PG Bitch:   Rodgers Jeonty Mini MeMe BOS. Lovely head with good scissor bite, nice dark eye needs a bit of work on her coat moved out well .

Open Bitch: Ch Begrorrey Madam Defiance Very good proportions on this bitch, good bite , nice dark eye well placed ears, strong neck with good front and forequarters well ribbed body with strong hindquarters just lack the enthusiasm on the moved but loved when set up.

Veteran Bitch: Seall Ch Brockland Belle Bregrorry lovely feminine lady she still has it all, Very well balanced and good ratio’s. Wasn’t moving her best today.

Karen Forbes (judge)






Just report them to Facebook

Sometimes emails arrive saying that Glen of Imaal Terriers are being advertised for sale on Facebook. Sometimes outright with a price and sometimes photographs with words along the line of “three of these beauties are still for sale”. Facebook have recently made the selling of animals illegal so if you have concerns you can now let them know direct.

Birmingham Gundog & Terrier critique


I would like to say firstly, a big thank you to all those who entered. I am very grateful for your support. Coats were to be expected for this time of year but this doesn’t mean they should not be trimmed and presentable; this cost a few exhibitors in their placings and I also think it effects the credibility of the breed that we cannot keep the dogs looking similar and the presentation the same.

The Standard of mouths has improved greatly within my 35years of being in the breed which is very pleasing, unfortunately that’s where it ends.

Puppy dog – no entries

Junior dog – no entries

Pg Dog

1st – Tobijanski’s Romainville Becks Blue For Zippor. Something about this dog that took my eye, had great presence in the ring. Very nice head and expression with dark eyes. Nice dark blue colour, strong bone, trimmed enough to compensate for the coat in need of stripping. Strong movement with purpose BOB

2nd – Samuel’s Jeonty Yippe Kiaye. 3 year old blue dog, good mouth & his coat was good. He moved soundly but 1st place moved better.

3rd-Dunning’s Romainville Freddie’s Choice. Nice little wheaten dog. Coat & mouth all good, shame he didn’t show on this occasion for his handler.

Limit dog

1st – Alstead’s Golden Spurs. Brindle Dog, presented well, nice size with a good out line. Good expression and one of the only   dogs in coat. Showed well

2nd – Rogers’ Gleann Dynamo Man at Jeonty. Well bone dog, strong head with a nice dark brindle coat. Would have like to see his head trimmed a little better especially around his eyes. Overall a sound dog, didn’t show as good as 1st place.

3rd Hannington’s Boudivella Osca. Wheaten dog, Strong head & good mouth. Looked slightly narrow at the front just about got my hand between his upper front legs, he showed well and moved with purpose.

Open dog

1st – Hadley’s CH Donvaleset Rebus. Over ten years old but you wouldn’t think so. Very powerful well boned specimen, deep rib, good span between front legs and well-muscled.   Strong head and hind quarters. The lack of trimming of this dog was an issue which was a great shame.

Puppy bitch

1st – Hannington’s Boudivella Tegan. Very much a baby, very inquisitive and concentrating on everything except showing. When she did stand her front look nice, her bone structure was correct and at times she moved well. BP

Junior bitch

1st – Alstead’s Sigrid Helga at Pantcottage. Just out of puppy into Junior, very nice bitch lovely head and expression feminine but still strong with it. Nice brindle colour and moved well. Nice proportions.


1st – Rogers’ Jeonty Minnie Meme. Wheaten bitch, Strong head and forefront nice top line and hind quarters. Back movement very good,


1st – Seall’s Bregorrey Madam Defiance. Nice dark brindle bitch, her proportions were good with a nice top line and front. Feminine head with good pigmentation. Although she didn’t look the happiest show dog her presentation and performance was good enough for BOS.



This needs A LOT of reading!

The Kennel Club has just radically altered the judging system. On first reading a lot makes sense but it also raises a lot of questions and each person reading will probably find some more. Take time to go through it because even if you have no intention of judging it will affect the people you show your Glen of Imaal Terrier to get their opinion.

The Judges Competency Framework will be launched in January 2019, run alongside the current system for a three-year transition period, and be fully operational from January 2022. This education will involve mentoring and ringside observation by breed experts and be supported by a network of Breed Education Coordinators who will help facilitate learning. More information about this role will be released in the coming months.

For some time now the Kennel Club has indicated that the way dog show judges are educated needs to change. It is generally accepted that change is necessary due to a range of deficiencies in the current process – problems for show societies identifying available and competent judges, open shows being poorly supported, and lack of seminar opportunities and transparency in the approval processes. The Judges Working Party changes introduced as far back as 1999 were a step in the right direction as far as formalising training for established judges was concerned, but now the time has come to make changes of a more far-reaching nature – changes which involve every level of judge.

The new Framework will provide a logical sequence of learning, practising, peer observation and examination and will cater for all judges at every level – it outlines a judge’s career path providing clear criteria for each stage. Each level will also confirm judging privileges, again making it clear to the judge and the show society who is eligible to judge which breed, and the number and the type of classes which may be judged.

The Kennel Club’s established online Find A Judge facility will be extended to provide lists of all eligible judges across all breeds and for all types of show.

The Framework will be administered through the Kennel Club’s modern online education platform – The Kennel Club Academy ( The Academy is easy to access, available 24 hours a day and requires only a small annual subscription. As far as possible this provides for an efficient and ‘paperless’ way for judges to record their experience on their personal KC Academy page whether this be judging appointments or details of seminars attended, breed assessments passed and other education undertaken.

All judges will be required to remain up to date with their general dog show knowledge with a mandatory online exam to be passed every five years.

Breed clubs will remain responsible for providing breed-specific education, and the Framework will also require judges to undergo mentoring and ringside observation. Breed clubs will be required to support this activity and to work with the Kennel Club to facilitate organising breed-specific assessments.

A small pilot scheme involving clubs from all seven groups and all five Stud Book bands will run from the summer of 2017, which will enable the Kennel Club to make any refinements to its proposals before the Framework comes fully into force.

Breed clubs will no longer be required to maintain judging lists as the Kennel Club will be publishing lists of judges, across all breeds and all levels of show, via its online Find A Judge facility.

The Framework starts at entry level, before a person steps into the ring for their very first appointment, and goes all the way through to the rare position of an all-breeds judge – seven levels in all. Judges can remain at any one of the levels if they so wish and can also be at different levels dependent on their knowledge and experience of a range of different breeds at any given time.

The requirement for judges to wait to be nominated to award CCs will no longer be applicable, as they will be listed as a championship show judge as soon as they have undertaken all the required education and assessment. This will open up what many see as a bottleneck preventing many suitably knowledgeable judges from awarding CCs.

These changes to the judges education and approval system are all about raising standards of judging across all levels, starting with the person who is thinking of taking their first few tentative steps towards becoming a judge of their own breed at open shows, right through to the vastly experienced breeder who has attained the status of an all-breeds judge at championship show level.

Society is changing and these changes reflect this situation. The dog show scene has changed dramatically over the last 40 years or so. Whereas in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was relatively easy for aspiring judges to accumulate numbers as a part of learning their craft at open shows where entries were plentiful, the reality is this is no longer the case, which has made learning more difficult.

The Kennel Club was very mindful of this fact when it developed this new system, as it was keen to take modern lifestyles into account – dog shows these days compete with so many other pastimes for our attention and people work longer hours. A system which promotes efficiency while at the same time encouraging quality learning – based not on the number of dogs judged but on the judge demonstrating their competency to their peers – has to be very good news indeed for anyone who wishes either to become a dog judge or to progress further up the judging ladder.

Taken out of context, the previous two paragraphs could easily be misconstrued to mean that the Kennel Club has given up on general canine open shows, but nothing could be further from the truth. There have already been some initiatives announced emerging from the Dog Show Promotion working party. Further initiatives will be announced over the coming months, some of which have been designed to fit hand-in-glove with the Framework’s system of mentoring and observed judging at open shows, which will no doubt ensure that these events remain absolutely essential in the education and progression of breed show judges in the UK.

Further details of the Judges Competency Framework, including the press announcement and a list of FAQs, can be found on the Kennel Club website at

There is no question that the education of breed show judges is entering a new chapter in this country, one which I am sure will succeed if we – the Kennel Club, breed clubs, open show societies, breeders, exhibitors and judges – all work together in our common aim of making our pastime better and securing its continuance for future generations of dog show enthusiasts.