Category Archives: Health

Eye Testing in the summer

There will be a BVA/KC eye testing session (Peter Bedford officiating) at Hedge Green Cottage, Blackjack Road, Swineshead, Boston. PE20 3HH on Saturday July 15th. Appointments are need and can be obtained from Jean Rogers This is open to all breeds not just Glen of Imaal Terriers. It would be a good chance to get your Glen eye tested if you are thinking of mating them.

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Do you do puppy packs?

BREEDERS! Please help us to spread the word about the Glen DNA Archive!

We are asking breeders to help spread the word about the Glen DNA Archive by including this Puppy Pack letter into their own“Puppy Packs” …

If every puppy owner knows about this invaluable resource, hopefully we will have regular contributions to the DNA Archive to build up the number of swabs stored at the AHT … an extensive number of swabs stored will enable any future health research projects to “hit the ground running” …

We gratefully accept swabs from Glens of all ages and health status … not just puppies! Please visit the Glen Archive website for more information, a video demonstrating how to take swabs from your Glen and an online swab kit request form:

Our target for 2017 is to reach 250 submissions! Thank you for supporting a resource that may one day benefit YOUR Glen …

Alison Seall   



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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in General Glen Things, Health


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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​

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Posted by on May 12, 2017 in General Glen Things, Health


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It’s Friday so let’s do health.

There are always lots of discussions (private, public, social media) on inbreeding and the Glen of Imaal Terrier. For once quite a good document from the Kennel Club as it acknowledges its figures could be skewed by imported animals which is always a bugbear for people who know how their system works.

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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in General dog things, General Glen Things, Health


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BVA/KC Eye Testing

BVA/KC EYE TESTING on 25th February 2017

BVA/KC Eye Testing event will be held at Newark Showground Nottinghamshire. Peter Bedford will be officiating. Appointments ARE REQUIRED. Please get in touch with Jean Rogers


Posted by on January 19, 2017 in General dog things, General Glen Things, Health


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Health Reminder

Will your Glen be the 100th Glen to contribute to our DNA Archive …?

Calling all Glens … young and old … those in good health … and those with health conditions …

Please give up just a few minutes of your time to make a valuable contribution to the archive … for the benefit of future health research projects …

 It’s easy … we now have a dedicated website … with a video … and an online swab kit request form:

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) … where the archive is located … request a voluntary donation of £5.00 per swab kit to cover the costs of the swab kit, admininstration and long term storage.  However, if your Glen has a documented health condition, the AHT is happy to waive this small charge.

Let’s aim for 100 Glens “on the books” by the end of the year …!

If you have a swab kit at home … but just haven’t got round to persuading your Glen to having his/her cheek swabs done … please do it now!

We welcome photos of dogs and their swabs … to go onto the Glen Archive Blog!  Check out our first photos … and please do send in a picture of your Glen … and a swab!!

Thank you for your support!

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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in General Glen Things, Health


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Autumn Breed Record Supplement.

The Kennel Club BRS is out and it makes interesting reading for Glen of Imaal Terriers with an eye watering 55 registered. On such numbers some may think applause but those haven’t been in touch but, for fairness, it has to be acknowledged they may be out there. What is out there, from people who understand the breed, is the literal OMG and not in a favourable way.

Twenty of the registrations are by one dog who doesn’t seem to have any eye testing results published. One of the bitches is tested clear but two are tested carriers so hopefully it is just a matter of “paperwork” not catching up with itself on the KC website. Another 18 pups are by the same dog, and he is tested clear, but all were born before he was 15 months old! Of course breeding practices change all the time but with Glens being such a late maturing breed it used to be that one litter was produced early-to get the dog used to be handled and to prove he could do it-and then there was a gap to see how the youngster himself matured and see what his pups provisionally looked like. Obviously that well respected, long held idea has been assigned to the scrap heap by one breeder.

In a year that there have been more Glens coming into rescue/asking for placement than for quite a long time previously the heart does sink a little to see numbers like 55 in one quarter. Hopefully we just pessimists but money isn’t being taken.

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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in General dog things, General Glen Things, Health


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