Glen DNA Archive

Please support the Glen DNA Archive at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) by contributing Glen DNA + pedigree & health information for future health research projects.  All you need to do is submit five buccal (cheek) swabs from your Glen and send to the AHT, along with a copy of the pedigree and the AHT Submission Form.

For more information and to request a swab kit, please visit the dedicated Glen DNA Archive website:


Contents of swab kit:

Thank you!


Let’s applaud ourselves!!!!!!!!!

As it’s Crufts week the media will be on the look out for pedigree dog stories; wonder if they will pick up on the dog genome project? We announced that we were looking at it and sending a representative to the Seminar to ask questions. They went, they reported and we are so pleased and proud to report that Glen of Imaal Terriers are now number 12 on the list of breeds definitely participating. The seminar was on the Friday, the reports received over the weekend and by Tuesday two cheques had been received at the Animal Health Trust, one from each breed club. TOGETHER WE CAN!!! The full story can be read and hopefully any questions answered but the one thing that keeps coming up is “who will it be then?” We don’t know and we won’t know. It’ll be anonymous.

Alison Seall (EFG Health Representative) send the following:-Now that the Glen of Imaal Terrier breed clubs have agreed to back the “Give a Dog a Genome” (GDG) project at the Kennel Club’s Genetic Centre at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), the search for a suitable “candidate” Glen will soon begin

One possible source is our DNA Archive at the AHT and so we would like to encourage Glen owners to submit cheek swabs from their Glens, for the archive … and maybe your Glen will be the one chosen to have his/her whole genome sequenced.  NB. The AHT will not reveal the identity of the Glen whose genome is sequenced.

If you wish to make a contribution to our DNA Archive, please contact me to request a swab kit: 

Alison Seall, EFG Health Coordinator : Email: : Tel: 01403 269038

(The AHT request a small, voluntary donation of £5.00 to cover the cost of the swab kit, administration costs and long-term storage).

For more information and a video demonstrating how to take the swabs, please visit the EFGHealth website:

You can find information about: How to request a swab kit — Contents of the DNA swab kit — Documentation requested by the Animal Health Trust



Give A Dog A Genome

The launch of The Kennel Club/Animal Health Trust Give A Dog a Genome project is an exciting time for all pedigree dog breeds. The chance to be included in the initial 50, and so get £1,000 donated towards costs by the KC Charitable Trust, is a wonderful opportunity. Glen of Imaal Terriers have registered interest to be included and will have a representative at the AHT Seminar on Friday 26th to present questions that have been forwarded. It is intended that those answers will be with the Breed Clubs over the weekend for discussion by the Committees before an absolute final decision is made.

From the KC to Glen of Imaal Terrier owners

The Kennel Club, on behalf of the Glen of Imaal Terrier breed clubs, would like to let you know how you and your Glen can help with important health initiatives​ for your wonderful breed.

Health Records and Surveys

Please help the Glen of Imaal Terrier breed clubs monitor the health of the breed by recording any health events that occur during your dog’s lifetime in this compact booklet and/or online at MyKC, and completing any health surveys that will be sent out from time to time.

DNA Archive at the Animal Health Trust

The breed clubs are keen to encourage all Glen of Imaal Terrier owners to support the Glen DNA Archive at the Animal Health Trust. You can make a valuable contribution to future research on inherited conditions by taking five simple cheek swabs from your Glen and sending them to the AHT. For more information, and a video demonstrating how to take the swabs click here.


The Royal Veterinary College’s VetCompass project works with a number of UK veterinary practices to collect anonymised clinical data for research that will benefit the health and welfare of all animals. If not already part of this nationwide project, please do ask your veterinary practice to consider joining VetCompass. For more information, click here.

If you would like further information about the Glen or wish to join a breed club, please click on the following links, where you will find contact details for the club secretaries and health coordinators:

The Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts & Fanciers Club (EFG)

The Glen of Imaal Terrier Association (GOITA)

Yours sincerely,

Bonnie-Marie Abhayaratne
Health and Breeder Research Assistant
The Kennel Club