Vulnerable Breeds Competition 2019


Following the popularity of the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition in 2018, the Kennel Club has announced that it will take place again this year, culminating in a grand final at Crufts 2020.

To raise awareness of vulnerable British and Irish breeds, and to recognise those people who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity, the Kennel Club created the competition in 2015. The competition has already proved very popular and at this year’s Crufts, Jane Curtis took the title with her Skye Terrier, Ch Brakemill Barnum ShCM, known at home as Barney.

Following the same format as last year, only the Best of Breed winners at designated group championship shows will qualify for the final.

The competition is open to all vulnerable British and Irish breeds competing at the following group championship shows:

Toy — United Kingdom Toy Dog Society

Terrier — National Terrier Club

Working — National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society

Pastoral — National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society

Hound — Hound Association

Gundog — National Gundog Association

Dogs of breeds which are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable British and Irish breeds list who win Best of Breed at the above shows will qualify for the competition and will be invited to compete in the grand final at Crufts 2020.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition final is a very important event at Crufts. It is a fantastic way to highlight the plight of these breeds and promote them as the wonderful dogs they are. Jane and Barney certainly did these breeds proud on the famous green carpet this year. 

“It is important that the show societies work with breed clubs of vulnerable British and Irish breeds so that these clubs can inspire their membership to enter the classes and take part in the competition. Crufts is a great showcase for pedigree dogs and the perfect chance to show the world just how special the vulnerable British and Irish breeds really are.”

To find out more about the competition, please go to All Crufts finalists will be notified by the Kennel Club.



Inbreeding-yay or nay?

As it’s Friday lets have a bit of reading for the weekend. The Costs & Benefits of Inbreeding (from the Institute of Canine Biology) should occupy you for a mug of tea. With the Glen of Imaal Terrier known & accepted bar-sinister heritage though how bad is it for the breed?

Let’s hear it for…….

…..the stars of Discover Dogs. Glen of Imaal Terriers may have performed in the exhibition ring on Saturday but other Glens were there all four days to be loved, petted, photographed, admired and talked to. Dodi, May, Fern, Basil, Alfie, Mutley, Kaos, Poppy, Misty & Flynn you (and your people) did us proud. Thank you.

There was also a Glen “somewhere else”. Caitlin Forbes has always been an enthusiastic YKC supporter and this was her final year. She took Jeonty Dreams A Dream with Karensbrae into the YKC 18-24 Terrier & Hound where they came 3rd and 4th in YKC Terrier Stakes. The breed also had a presence in the absolute final with Jen Tobijanski who had come first in the Terrier Stakes. She was handling her own champion Sealyham but she shares her home with two Glens.

The “seen on the television” glimpses are Caitlin, Mutley on Friday & Basil on Saturday. Basil made the entire opening sequence, nice going boy for sitting still so long. If there are any more let us know so they can have a shout out.


…and so it begins

It’s the first day of Crufts and Glen of Imaal Terriers aren’t there en masse until Saturday but don’t worry if today is your only chance to attend as Glens will be there. Discover Dogs (Terrier Booth 13) will have dogs and people for you to meet, photographs to see and leaflets to take home to read with out the hustle and bustle and that’s what it’ll be….and then some.

If you are there and around Hall 5, ring 36 and 2.30pm you will see another Glen as Homer (Ch Abberann Conan) represents the breed in the Vulnerable Breeds Competition. The afternoon is pre judging with the final live in the Arena at 7.00 pm so hopefully it will be on the television and the Crufts YouTube Channel.


More on Crufts Television and live streaming

From the Kennel Club:

Dog lovers can look forward to 13 hours of television coverage when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this March to celebrate the world’s greatest dog show.

With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast all the action from the show, leading up to the grand finale on Sunday when Best in Show will be crowned.

Channel 4 will be also broadcasting a one-hour programme, Crufts 2019: The Daily Show, through Thursday to Saturday inclusive.


1500-1600 – Channel 4     Crufts: The Daily Show

1830-2000 – More4 Crufts 2019

2000-2100 – Channel 4     Crufts 2019


1500-1600 – Channel 4     Crufts: The Daily Show

1830-1930 – More4 Crufts 2019

1930-2100 – Channel 4     Crufts 2019


1600-1700 – Channel 4     Crufts: The Daily Show

1900-2100 – Channel 4     Crufts 2019


1900-2100 – Channel 4     Crufts 2019: Best In Show Live

Clare will host daily highlights of the world’s biggest dog event live from the NEC and will be joined by Radzi Chinyanganya who will be reporting from the show. The team will be supported by Peter Purves and dog reporters and breed experts Jessica Holm and Frank Kane. ‘Supervet’, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick will also be returning on the Saturday.

All of the arena action from the show will be shown every day live on the Crufts YouTube channel which can be found at

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, said: “We are delighted that Channel 4 and More4 will be offering viewers at home the opportunity to enjoy this year’s Crufts, as well as those who don’t want to miss a thing by watching the live streaming on YouTube. The event holds such a special place in dog lovers’ hearts because it celebrates everything that we love most about dogs, and the programmes will reflect on the benefits dogs bring to our lives and the many fascinating aspects of Crufts.

“The TV coverage will not only bring exciting sports such as agility and flyball into people’s homes, but will enable people to see the diverse range of wonderful dog breeds, including some of the more unusual breeds that are not often seen in the streets and parks across the country, through the dog show aspect of Crufts. It will also cover topics about choosing, caring for and enjoying life with dogs, as well as different issues affecting dog owners in the UK.”

All of Channel 4 and More4’s coverage of Crufts will be produced by Sunset + Vine.

Car Parking & Crufts Television times

Do remember to book your car park ticket online if visiting Crufts as it’s “only” £12 compared to £16 if paying on the day. When you get acknowledgement of payment you’ll also get some free vouchers to use in the NEC.

FREE Desert or Snack when purchasing a main course

FREE 500ml bottle of mineral water if purchasing a deli salad

FREE Innocent orange juice if purchasing a full English breakfast or breakfast roll with large hot drink (before 11.00am)

If you do wait until the day to buy your car park ticket they have to be bought from the kiosks that are located at dog doors 1.1, 5.9 and 5.6. Tickets cannot be bought in the car parks or as you leave the venue.


It’s Crufts week…..

…so let’s start it light hearted and a discount offer for Thursday/Friday

“There’s always a list Crufts week so thought this…..”      “Saw this, and as they say, thought of you”    “Just had to share this for the blog”

If any copyright is needed just let us know

If you’re attending Crufts at the start of the extravaganza don’t miss this

We’re giving you 10% OFF adult general admission tickets for the Thursday and Friday of Crufts 2019 (7th & 8th March) when you use the code CRUFTSDM10

Book your tickets here:


Grooming the Glen of Imaal Terrier

Anybody with a Glen knows how quickly they become a great heap of hair and then panic starts to set in…..what can I do now? Because of this recurring problem for Glen folk all over the world the EFG website has a couple of pages on how to tackle it before Hungarian Puli sets in. Grooming a Glen (and Trimming  a Glen) has been shared, borrowed and used for years by numerous websites, breed clubs, all and sundry in fact, and it continues to be the “go to” resource. That’s what it was intended for so no problem at all.

Something in it though has recently been queried….the use of scissors around the ear and tail? Should scissors be used anywhere on a Glen other than between the pads? The Guides were written by probably the original purist on the matter and they thought hard about it and came to the conclusion that the mention (and use) of scissors on those two parts of the anatomy was correct. After all the remit was to write an introduction to Grooming the Glen that all could use; whether first pet owner, serious exhibitor or professional groomer. Getting a puppy Glen used to standing still and having things done to the ears and tail is a valuable thing that most don’t even think about. An animal that can have the ears and tailed handled from any angle and they don’t mind is one heck of a boon. If the person doing the grooming feels ambitious enough then the next step is an easy one.

3rd Party Public Liability Insurance

Have you got it? If your Glen of Imaal Terrier, cat, ferret, rabbit gets out on the road and causes an accident are you covered by insurance. What if any of the above inadvertently scratch somebody and they decide to sue you….are you ready? Quite a few Glen folk in the UK twitch when the name of Dog’s Trust comes up due to their habit of shipping in from Ireland and telling us that our help is not needed but grit the teeth and have a look at their membership offer.

“3rd party public liability insurance for your dog – up to £1,000,000 per claim if your dog causes damage or injury to another person, their property or pets” and notice that the dog doesn’t have to be named. It’s only £12.50 a year (£25 if under 60) so well worth doing the way everything is getting so litigatious