We know that a lot of people read what is written on here. We are pleased that after the winter break emails were received saying that now the blog is back we’ll know what is going on again! Today you’ll know what is going on in Holland and hopefully all Glen of Imaal Terrier people will fully appreciate what it actually is.
A few years ago the boot was put into pedigree dogs in the UK by a television programme called Pedigree Dogs Exposed. PDE was a glorious piece of uber sensationalism. It was truly masterful in the way it portrayed certain things and as there were some bits that couldn’t be denied the slick cutting, editing and sometimes poor standards of journalism where totally ignored, or not even realised, by a rather gullible, certainly naive in the way of dogs and animal rearing, general public. Even now the PDE effect, as it is known, is still being felt in this country with 15 breeds being singled out by the Kennel Club.
Such a piece of noticed television in one country was bound to attract attention by other “documentary makers” but as the months passed it appeared nothing had come to fruition but last December the Netherlands experienced their own PDE moment. Once again the Cavalier and Bulldogs were victims and once again extreme judicial editing was the order of the day. In January the Dutch Kennel Club made final their Breed Specific Instructions(BSI), this is how it begins:-
The task of a show judge is to preserve the characteristics of each breed – within the approved breed standard. In other words, the judge’s main task is to judge and evaluate dogs, according to the breed standard and to consider them as potential breeding dogs for future generations. This must never be done at the expense of the welfare and wellbeing of the dog. It is therefore the responsibility of the judge to be acquainted with the breed standard as well as the health problems occurring in the breed. A judge must particularly pay attention to those specific breed characteristics, which have a tendency to exaggeration, so can creep into a breed and could have a negative effect on the health of the individual dog. It is important that tendencies to exaggerations are noted before they are allowed to give rise to unsoundness.
These instructions are a result of an inventory made possible through extensive collaboration between dog show judges, breed clubs, other dog clubs and veterinary surgeons. The views and facts contained in this document are also a result of available statistics on dogs’ health,carried out in the past for each individual breed. Scandinavian countries have taken the initiative. Netherlands has used this document as a base for describing its own concerns regarding the breeds which are regularly presented at dog shows in ourcountry. Thanks to the Scandinavian countries for their contribution in this. Dog Show judges from home and abroad, judging at our shows, being (inter)national shows,(Championship) club shows and all other activities, where judges are asked to qualify, are obliged to judge according to the breed standards as approved by the F.C.I. In addition we ask the judge for the preservation and the development of a breed, apart from the breed specific characteristics, to also take into account, to their best, the health and welfare aspects of the breed and to express this clearly in the written critique on the dog. These aspects are clearly stated in the Breed Specific Instructions
The BSI goes on to list 44 breeds that are to be monitored for a specific listed problem and forms, at the end of judging, must be filled in accordingly. And there in FCI Group 3 is listed the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier.
Your thought can be heard; the Glen’s achrondraplasic so it was bound to be listed, why have I had to read this? The structure of the front of the breed is not why it is included. Neither is it included for having a different topline or possible eye problems. The Glen of Imaal Terriers is listed because of “Aggressiveness, inappropriate behavior towards other dogs” and note the comma-two different things are being referred to!
It has been queried at all levels as to why ONLY the Glen has been singled out in the Terriers, the only other mentioned for aggressiveness is Dachsunds, and there has been no reason given. The introduction to the document mentions help from the Scandinavians but they don’t seem to know of any problems but the breed now has a big one. Aggressiveness to humans must never, ever be tolerated but responsible breeders worldwide have always told prospective owners that a mature Glen will never back away from a problem; it was never intended to and still doesn’t turn down an insult. For a Glen that is appropriate behaviour but the Dutch Kennel Club BSI doesn’t mean that. At one stroke it has created a situation that means Dutch breeders must lie by omission if they ever want to sell a puppy again.