And to finish 2018…..

Glen of Imaal Terrier people are still exhibiting. Golden Spurs and Sigrid Helga at Pantcottage went over to Dublin and the trip was made worthwhile by obtaining both Green Stars with Golden Spurs Best of Breed. Congratulations

This time of year we have to do the “Oscar Speech” of thanking the directors and the producers but most of all it has to be the extras that are thanked; all the Glen of Imaal Terriers who perform effortlessly all the year to bring a bit of Glendom to everybody that meets them. They are the reason we get together on this page so thanks to them and thanks to all for sending the news, information and photographs. It couldn’t happen without you and the over 38,000 viewers of our little blog.



And for the final time…..

…a shout out reminder is given about the 2018 (UK resident) Glen of Imaal Terrier Breed Survey that finishes December 31st. The year has whizzed by so fast so have you filled it in yet? It doesn’t matter whether you have a pet, a show dog or a rescue. If you have a Glen we’d like you to take a look and fill it in. It won’t take long and no personal information is taken unless you wish to leave it.

The Survey may be finishing in a couple of days (the intention is for the results to be on the breed websites-EFG and Association– by late winter/early spring) but the DNA Archive isn’t so


The International Glen DNA Archive provides a facility to store Glen DNA, along with supporting pedigree and health information, for use in future health research projects.

​All you need to do to support this important health initiative, is send off five buccal (cheek) swabs from your Glen, plus a copy of your Glen’s pedigree and the submission form, to the Animal Health Trust.

To request a swab kit (one kit per Glen), please email the Animal Heath Trust:

Subject: Swab kit request
Name Please provide your title and first & last names
Address Please provide your full postal address including post / zip code & country
Number of kits Please indicate the number of swab kits you require (one kit per Glen)

Contributions to the DNA Archive are welcome from non-UK resident Glens, as well as those living in the UK … from Glens of all ages and health status.

For more information, please visit the dedicated Glen Archive website:

Thank you!



Third party selling of puppies WILL be banned

The government has confirmed it will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens, Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley announced today (23 December).

This is the full announcement . If you ever take a puppy in lieu of a stud fee you need to be aware of this. Also bear it in mind if you buy a puppy for showing and you decide pre 6months of age that it hasn’t made the grade so will be sold on.

It’s Christmas Eve…

..and a time of tradition so let’s get ready for Christmas Day tomorrow. Wherever you are have an absolutely great one. Glen of Imaal Terrier people around the world are invited to join with Conor and raise a glass around one o’clock in the afternoon. Allowing for various time zones that’ll hopefully mean that even if you are on your own you will know somebody, somewhere is thinking of you.








If you a modern sort of Glen person that doesn’t really hold with tradition all that much and has seen some surprising decisions in the exhibition ring this year this one is for you. We’re a broad church indeed in this breed so HAPPY CHRISTMAS all!!

I Challenge You

I challenge you……to find tolerance instead of criticism. Even with a breed standard as our guide we all have our own preferences which are not necessarily better than someone else’s….just different

I challenge you……to find respect instead of contempt, when a breeder says they have eye or other problems show up in a litter. Unless we identify problems we cannot prevent them destroying the breed.

I challenge you……to find the courage to protect this wonderful breed by honestly and openly offering information on possible problems that you find in your bloodlines. Only together can they be overcome.

I challenge you……to embrace the fellowship of Glens. We are a diverse group with different ideas on many things who have come together for the love of the breed. Listen to one another. Debate with one another. Learn from one another. Together educate truthfully all who ask about this unique breed for we are the guardians of its future.



The first Open Show of 2019….

….will be Lichfield Canine Society at Stafford Showground on January 26th. Four classes of Glen of Imaal Terriers will be judged by Wendy Tobijanski. These classes are sponsored in memory of Teresa Hadley who unfortunately died earlier on this year.

Postal entries will close on Friday January 4th and online Sunday January 13th.


For the 2019 Diary

Glen of Imaal Terriers 2019. If you know any missing judges do let us know

January 8th   Manchester                    Patsy Hollins

March 7th     Crufts                               Jeff Horswell

April 6th       National Terrier                Harold Gay

April 27th     EFG Open Show              Colin Powell

April 28th     WELKS                             Mark Walshaw

May 9th       Birmingham National        Muriel Bailey

May 17th     SKC                                    Tom Mather

May 24th     Bath                                  Paul Eardley

June 2nd       Southern Counties         Howard Ogden

June 16th     Association Open Show    TBC

June 23rd     Blackpool                        Fred Gadd

June 27th     Windsor                           Kathy George

July 26th       Leeds                               TBC

August 16th WKC                                 Eileen Foy

September 13th   Darlington               Margaret McDonald-Cross

September 28th  Belfast                       TBC

October 11th     SWKA                          Jane Withers

October 24th       Midland Counties     TBC

November 24th   Glen Association     Jenny Lowe

December 14th     LKA                         Ann Quinn

Glen Association critique

The Glen of Imaal Association Champ Show. 25/11/2018.

I was thrilled when invited to judge the club show so thank you to the committee. My steward worked hard and kept it all flowing smoothly so a big thank you to Jenny. I worry about our breed as I see more and more long straight forelegs and heavy ears but seem to be acceptable by some judges, please note these are bad faults.

Puppy Dog K. George. Teamarch Rock Steady Beat. Stood alone. Nice head with dark eye correct front, sturdy body good bone, deep chest level top line good turn of stifle, in lovely condition, front movement correct but rear a little close behind. Best Puppy.

Junior Dog 1st. A. Hardy. Amhard Off The Cuff. I liked this young lad. Nice head correct mouth, ears, strong jaw dark eye lovely expression with a hint of mischief about him, strong body with deep chest level top line correct front with position of feet at just the right angle enough upper arm, well muscled moved sound. Considered him for the reserve CC. 2nd. Mr. A. Hickmam. Romainville Rock A Fella. A handsome boy strong head good width in skull lovely eye good spring of rib deep chest correct shoulder placement ample bone and muscle, nicely shown in good condition. Moved sound.

Post Graduate Dog. 1st. A. Hardy. Amhard Manhattan. A upstanding lad who has a lovely head good mouth strong jaw dark round eye correct ear shape and size good width between ears strong neck with good lay of shoulder correct front with slight turn of front feet, nice length of upper arm, deep chest good spring of rib well off for both bone and muscle, Moved sound. Pleased to award him CC.

Open Dog I was shocked that all three males in this class gave their owners a hard time and let themselves down badly. 1st. J. Hannington. Boviolvella Oscar. I have always likes this this boy he has a lovely head neck and shoulders, well bodied with deep chest good spring of rib level top line correct front well placed feet, good bone well muscled moved sound. Reserve CC. 2nd. A. White. IR Ch. Abberann Cosmic Cowboy. (imp USA ). He looked a little young in this class after saying that he has a lovely head, good mouth, eye and ear shape good front correct upper arm front feet placed nicely strong neck sturdy body with deep chest level top line nice turn of stifle. Moved sound. 3rd. Dr. J. Alstead. Ch. Golden Spurs.

Veteran Dog J. Penny. Grizzlrmarsh Digby. A 10 year old with a lovely expression, big round dark eye correct ear shape level top line,well bodied and muscle for age but then this breed seems to get better with age. moved sound.

Junior Bitch1st. K. Forbes. Jeonty Dream’s A Dream with Karensbrae. A young lady with a lovely expression, good mouth dark eye level top line, small neat feet, coat a little soft but this time of year most of us suffer with our Glen’s coat not being quite right. Moved well fore and aft.

Post Graduate Bitch 1st. S. Smith. Bendikes Edith May. Feminine head dark eye, good mouth ear front neck and shoulder, well off for bone and muscle. Best mover in this class. 2nd. A. Hardy. Amhard Mai Tai. Pretty girl with a correct bite, ear and eye shape and colour good front with slight turn of front feet, deep chest with correct shoulder placement, had best feet in this class, moved well. 3rd. J& J. Hall &Saletty. Bendikes Fidelma.

Limit Bitch 1st. K. George. Romainville Izzy Wizzy. Drawn to this girls lovely dark eye, strong fore face but still very feminine correct front and position of feet, deep chest good lay of shoulder level top line well boned and muscled nice turn of stifle, coat in beautiful condition moved sound, Reserve CC. 2nd. K. Forbes. Jeonty Dream’s A Dream with Karensbrae.

Open Bitch. A. White. IR Ch Abberann Reach For The Stars Ryane. A nice looking lady with a beautiful expression, correct ear shape and size, dark eye, good mouth, correct front and position of front feet, deep chest good spring of rib level top line, correct tail set, nice turn of stifle ample bone, good width of thigh, well muscled. Moved well. Pleased to award her the CC. 2nd. A. White. CH, IR CH & NL CH Daultons Midnight Sky of Galore. Dam of CC winner and much of the comments apply, she is also well boned and muscled, beautifully turned out and moved well but just preferred movement of my 1st place. 3rd. Dr. J. Alstead. CH. Sigrid Helga at Pantcottage.

Veteran Bitch. S. Smith. Grizzlemarsh Dorathea. This lady has such a kind eye with a beautiful expression, well bodied correct lay of shoulder level top line, well boned and muscled 10 years young and moved really well. Best Veteran.

Val Harley (Judge)

What a week!

This week let’s start in America. The big Florida/Eukanuba/AKC  Cluster started lasted Tuesday with Space Coast KC of Palm Bay (another wonderful name) and the first days honours went to Kilkenny’s Across The Universe at Setanta with Abberann lament for Owen Roe Best Opposite, the two Selects Keadeen’s Sir Emmet Mingus Glas & Daulton’s Caoimhe of Pine Meadow. Brevard Kennel Club was next up and Across The Universe took the Best Opposite ribbon to Finnabair Double D Friend of a Friend. The two Selects were again Emmet and Caoimhe. Thursday was central Florida KC with Double D Best of Breed again, Caoimhe “moved up” to Best Opposite and Emmet picked up another Select along with Finnabair Shorlyne Caatskill Comedy Tonight. The finish was the 2018 AKC National Championship and friend of a Friend was once again Best of Breed with Across the Universe Best Opposite. Two Selects were (Dog) Owen Roe and (Bitch) Caoimhe.

The Helsinki Winners had Gleann Indico Indy Best of Breed with Finnabair Broc Rua Arda of Gleann Best Bitch. Best Veteran Gleann Una Noonan. On the same day the Helsinki Puppy Show was held and BOB was Gleann Kahki Kylie and BOS Gleann Kooky Kanye. The Finnish Winners on the following day saw BOB going to Pearytail Bonnie B Goode and BOS to Gleann Flatbone Stiubhard. Another Puppy Show was held and Kooky Kanye was BOB and then waved to a very nice indeed 4th place in the Puppy Group. Best Opposite to him was Meomodo Divas Dancing Angel. The Swedish Winners was a triumph for Cairdiulacht Daibhi MacMiolmor and BOS (plus Swedish Veteran Winner) was Gleann Una Noonan.Glenrosedale Banríon Rós Croí made the journey to Russia and returned with two Best of Breeds and her Russian Championship

Ladies Kennel Association saw Boudivella Osca finish off a good year with Best of Breed and Sigrid Helga at Pantcottage was Best Bitch. When it is your first dog, your first show and you take home the Best Puppy rosette it’s a fair bet a new exhibitor may have been born; welcome Doug The Dog aka Borderglen Michaelmas.

The “brain brigade” were also out in force, even at the Agility Invitational in Florida.  Niamh was competing there and earned the Top in Breed Medallion for Glens.  She was also awarded the Top Agility Glen of Imaal Terrier for 2017.Elsewhere Jeff Dairiki reports ” Ciarán went six for six in the Masters ring this weekend at the RiverRat Barn Hunt trials, just earning his RATCHX8! He tied in points for the special Master Super Dog award for the weekend, but lost in the rat-off to Lisa Bennett’s Airedale, Oakley”. Griffin and Winston are just exhausting to read about sometimes as Kelli writes ” Griffin and Winston trialled in AKC Scent Work this weekend and earned 3 new scent work titled total. Griffin received 6 qualifying  in Advanced  Scent Work (3 in buried, 1 in exterior and 2 and interior with placements)  Griffin also earned his Advanced Buried title. Winston earned 6 qualifying scores in Advanced Scent Work ( 2 in buried, 2 in exterior, 1 in container and 1 in interior) Winston earned 2 Scent work titles in Advanced Interiors and Buried along with placements. I can’t remember who earned which placements though! Monique sends news of Ginny in both Agility and Scent work “Ginny qualified and placed first in her Excellent Jumpers Preferred class at an AKC Agility trial on Saturday. On Sunday she qualified in all 4 element classes (Intermediate & Advanced levels) at a USCSS Scent Work trial and earned a title in Intermediate Interior.”

Whatever they are doing Glen of Imaal Terrier people are just astounding!!