Breed Notes-AKC style

The UK is very fortunate in having two dog papers (Our Dogs & Dog World) so there are two chances every week for Glen of Imaal Terrier breed notes to appear. The American Kennel Club actually features Breed Notes in the official gazette and theirs is online without a fee; why not have a look? Remember to give it time to download

Westminster Day 2

Today is the second day of the American Kennel Club “biggie” Westminster and day 2 is Terrier Day so the Glen of Imaal Terriers are there. The Westminster system is very different from the Crufts one insofar as numbers are very, very limited but the top five Glens in the country will be on show plus one from the lottery entry giving judge Mrs. Virginia Latham Smith 6 Glens to assess. The show is always of interest to Glen exhibitors worldwide but this year UK enthusiasts have a really vested one as four of the six have UK bred sires!

Glens are scheduled for 10.30am and Westminster always has live videos of each breed so keep an eye on the website anytime after 4.00pm UK time.

Westminster entry

As Crufts closes the Westminster entry becomes known. Anybody attending the big American Kennel Club Show can expect to see seven Glen of Imaal Terriers. They will be:-

Ch Rainbow Springs Dermot RE NJP,       

Ch Daulton’s Hunter Green,                       

Ch Daulton’s Maeve Of Cill Dara,             

Ch Finnabair Roisin O Tipperary,              

Ch Finnabair Rocket’s Red Glare,            

Ch Rainbow Springs Kylee of Cnoc

Ch Coleraine’s Mandalay Royalty

For the pedigree buffs it is an interesting selection of dogs. Dermot and Kylee are half brother and sister via their dam and Kylee is also half sister to Mandalay Royalty via the sire. Maeve and Hunter’s Green are also half-siblings via their sire and Roisin and Rocket’s Red Glare are brother and sister but a year apart.

‘Tis the season and….

what have the Kennel Club announced for next year?

They have selected 4Sight Licensing Solutions to handle their worldwide programmes.

4Sight is seeking partners in event merchandise, dog accessories, publishing, paper goods, toys, interactive, clothing, gifts, collectibles and grooming products. The agent plans to license the brands separately, positioning Kennel Club at mid-tier markets and an older demographic, while Crufts will be targeted to a younger, mass market audience.

“Both Crufts and the Kennel Club brands have strong potential—they both have outstanding reputations and with more than 23 percent of U.K. consumers owning one or more dogs, the pet market is a very important and fast-growing one,” says Sandra Vauthier-Cellier, managing director of 4Sight Licensing Solutions. “We are looking forward to promoting both brands and signing licensees across a range of sectors.”

The four-day Crufts dog show, organized and hosted by the Kennel Club, is attended by more than 150,000 dog lovers from the U.K. and overseas.

In the U.S., 4Sight already represents the American Kennel Club. Its program includes more than 25 licensees with product available at 5,000-plus retailers.

How about a podcast?

The American Kennel Club have taken their Health Programme one step further than the Kennel Club; they now release podcasts and it is known as the Genome Bark Series.

This week on Genome Barks, the speaker is Dr. Cheryl London, a faculty member at the Ohio State University with a specialty in veterinary oncology. Dr. London discusses her research in canine cancer, including malignant histiocytosis, mast cell tumors and osteosarcoma. A recipient of several grants from the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Dr. London has recently focused her research on osteosarcoma with a collaboration at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. Dr. London also discusses how her research will benefit children as well as dogs.

The Genome Barks podcast series features lectures from the highly successful AKC-CHF Breeders Symposia and provides responsible breeders and pet owners an inside look at the work being done by the AKC and the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

Click here to listen to the podcast

Snail mail day today!

Crufts postal entries close today but if you are entering online you have until the 12th.  48 UK based Glens have qualified for Crufts so it will be interesting to see how many dogs are entered. Glen of Imaal Terriers have previously had a high proportion of overseas dogs in the eventual entry; will the decreasing value of the pound tempt more to come?

Westminster entries are out and Glens have only five (3 dogs and 2 bitches) which are the Top Five in the breed that qualify automatically under American Kennel Club rules. Whilst on the subject of America if anybody in Europe is interested in having a look at the AKC Kennel Gazette it is available online