And for the final time…..

…a shout out reminder is given about the 2018 (UK resident) Glen of Imaal Terrier Breed Survey that finishes December 31st. The year has whizzed by so fast so have you filled it in yet? It doesn’t matter whether you have a pet, a show dog or a rescue. If you have a Glen we’d like you to take a look and fill it in. It won’t take long and no personal information is taken unless you wish to leave it.

The Survey may be finishing in a couple of days (the intention is for the results to be on the breed websites-EFG and Association– by late winter/early spring) but the DNA Archive isn’t so


The International Glen DNA Archive provides a facility to store Glen DNA, along with supporting pedigree and health information, for use in future health research projects.

​All you need to do to support this important health initiative, is send off five buccal (cheek) swabs from your Glen, plus a copy of your Glen’s pedigree and the submission form, to the Animal Health Trust.

To request a swab kit (one kit per Glen), please email the Animal Heath Trust:

Subject: Swab kit request
Name Please provide your title and first & last names
Address Please provide your full postal address including post / zip code & country
Number of kits Please indicate the number of swab kits you require (one kit per Glen)

Contributions to the DNA Archive are welcome from non-UK resident Glens, as well as those living in the UK … from Glens of all ages and health status.

For more information, please visit the dedicated Glen Archive website:

Thank you!




One month left for the 2018 Breed Survey

It doesn’t seem possible but there is only one month left to complete the 2018 Glen of Imaal Terrier Breed Survey. It isn’t difficult, it won’t take up a lot of time so please consider doing it.

The Glen DNA Archive doesn’t end at the end of the year though, it’ll continue on because it is there FOR THE CONTINUING GOOD OF GLENS. It is important that the Animal Health Trust always has up-to-date information about your Glen. Please notify newly diagnosed health conditions, surgery (including neuter/spay), health scheme results and, if it has happened, death. If you need to notify an update please visit the “Health Update” page on the Glen Archive website 



Goodbye October

Already the last Friday so only eight left before Christmas….where the heck as the year gone? As it is the last Friday anybody with even vague psychic ability will know what is going to be written here:-the 2018 UK Glen of Imaal Terrier Breed Survey and the DNA Archive.

Go on check back through your records-have you filled in the 2018 Breed Survey yet? There isn’t much time left. Whilst you’re in the drawer, the cupboard under the board, or the calendar in your ipad have a look if you’ve done sent the details of your Glen for the DNA Archive? It is for the benefit of Glens now and Glens to come. Go on, do your bit towards the future of the breed.


Not been reminded for a while…..

…so as it’s a Friday have you supported the DNA archive yet?  In case you’ve forgotten what it’s about here’s a short explanation

Why have a DNA Archive?

Many Glen of Imaal Terrier owners will remember the Bochum (Germany) and Cornell (USA) research projects, which identified the gene responsible for the Glen variant of PRA (progressive retinal atrophy). Initially, with the Bochum project, a number of breed club representatives from the UK and mainland Europe collaborated with the identification of affected Glens, and together they analysed pedigrees to identify close relatives who could also potentially carry the gene mutation. After this came the search for completely unrelated, unaffected Glens (controls), as important to the research process as the affected and carrier status Glens. Then began the quest to locate owners and request DNA samples for the research team.

This highlights the importance of breed clubs, breeders and owners from different countries and continents collaborating with health research projects in this numerically small breed. It also illustrates the time-consuming processes required to identify dogs and collect DNA samples before the scientists can begin their research.

The advantage to the research scientists of having a DNA archive is that the identification of affected dogs and the analysis of pedigrees to find close relatives, and non-related “control” dogs becomes a much simpler and quicker process, because everything required to initiate and progress a health research project is readily available in one place:

It’s Friday so it’s unsubtle hint time.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier DNA archive has been running a while, yes of course you’re going to send along DNA, but have you done it yet? And of course we’re going to fill in the 2018 Glen Breed Survey but where have I put it?

So to aid memory. The online Survey can be found here. The following has to be written now so go and put the kettle on or something. No personal data in any form is harvested via the survey unless you choose to enter it yourself; neither isp, country or server used is recorded.

.There has been a slight change with the DNA archive but nothing serious. Alison Seall writes her final email as DNA archivist.:-

The “package” was due to expire in August…but thanks to a Glen owner in the US & the EFG the dedicated site will continue

The website has been ‘re-created’ by Jeff Dairiki and a new section added … ‘Spread the word’ … 😊 …

The Glen DNA Archive flyer can be distributed at breed events and shows … and breeders can include it in their Puppy Packs

Breed clubs and breeders are encouraged to have a link to the Glen DNA Archive on their websites

Breed clubs are encouraged to reserve a small section in their newsletters for a brief introduction to the archive – on the ‘Spread the word’ page

Thank you to all the Glen owners from around the world who have supported the archive … your submissions are greatly appreciated.

Hopefully, many more owners will request a swab kit from the AHT and contribute to this invaluable resource!

Best wishes,


Alison Seall​ (​Glen DNA Archive Coordinator 2013 – 2018)​





Glen Archive update request


It’s coming up to the EFG AGM and, therefore, preparation of the Glen DNA Archive report!

If you already have swabs archived at the Animal Health Trust, but need to REPORT A HEALTH CONDITION OR THE DEATH OF YOUR GLEN, please can you send your update to the AHT by Friday 13th April … to  More info about HEALTH UPDATES can be found here:

If you have a swab kit but haven’t got around to swabbing your Glen, we should be grateful if you would “do the deed” and get the swabs and documentation in the post to the AHT … to get there by Friday 13th April … if possible!

If you want a swab kit for your Glen, please complete the online swab kit request form:


An update will be posted after the EFG AGM on Sunday 22nd April. (I hope we will have achieved the elusive 100 submissions)!!!



DNA Archive Update

The end of year update for the Glen of Imaal Terrier DNA Archive shows that we’ve had a trickle of submissions over the past 3 months … from 7 Glens.  Thank you to their owners … your support is very much appreciated!

 It is very disappointing that only 35% of the swab kits sent / given out have been returned to the Animal Health Trust (AHT):

2013: 7 submissions

2014: 17 submissions

2015: No submissions

2016: GlenArchive website launched

2016: 24 submissions

2017: 33 submissions

 UNUSED SWAB KITS: I will be visiting the AHT in the New Year to return unused swab kits.  If you still have a kit (or kits) that you are not intending to use, I should be grateful if you would kindly return to me by the end of January:

 Alison Seall, 13 Crawford Gardens, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5AZ. UK

 Thank you.


 Hopefully, some New Year’s resolutions will include supporting the Glen DNA Archive!  All you need to do to is send off five buccal (cheek) swabs from your Glen, plus a copy of your Glen’s pedigree and the AHT submission form to the AHT.

 For more information, and to request a kit via the online request form, please visit the dedicated Glen Archive website:

 N.B. The Glen Archive website, which is funded by me, will be “closing its doors” in October 2018, when the domain and hosting package expires.  (The AHT will continue to welcome new submissions from Glens … it is just the dedicated website that will cease activity).

 Wishing you and your Glens a Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2018 … and maybe we can reach that elusive 100 submissions some time next year!