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