How’s it going?

The Kennel Club were asked if agreeing to have all Glen of Imaal Terriers DNA tested for PRA could become part of the requirements to become an Accredited Breeder. The ABS Sub-Group(of KC Dog Health Group) has a meeting on Tuesday April 5th and the matter is to be discussed then so it should be known by the second week of April.

He came, he saw, he conquered!

It’s a good idea to have “the scientist” over to explain the discovery of the gene mutation that causes PRA in Glen of Imaal Terriers but will people actually be willing to travel to a relatively out of the way place for a not very absorbing subject delivered by somebody not speaking their first language? The question did come up before last weekend and the answer to it is now known; a room full of people will turn up and as for a speech not in the first language….if only we spoke German a quarter as good as Professor Epplen speaks English!

Glen of Imaal people came, other breed people came and people we didn’t even know came which was something not really expected but there were chairs (only two people sat on the floor) and there were biscuits to go around so the event was set. There were a few eyebrows raised here and there, particularly over the cost of some of the investigative methods, but the entire few hours flowed well and easily. Many times it has been written that Glen of Imaal people went from knowing nothing to having to learn about everything in a very short time and this was seen again and again in a lively questions and answers session. A visiting American genetics student was amazed at the depth of some of the questions and was very impressed how much we “ordinary” people knew!

The initial figures from Bochum indicate that 46% of the Glen of Imaal Terrier population has at least one copy of the mutated gene and this is exactly the same figure that Optigen have found from their testing. Both Prof Epplen and Dr Acland, at his Glen Gathering talk, emphasised that figures of this number means the breed should not discount carriers from any breeding programme-to do so would mean annihilation for the Glen of Imaal Terrier. The entire presentation was videoed and recorded so will hopefully be available to any interested parties soon.

The evening meal that 20 odd people stayed for was excellent. The evning meal wasn’t videoed!

The MOST Important List ever!

Hopefully every Glen of Imaal Terrier person now knows that there is a DNA test to identify the mutant gene within the breed that causes PRA. Tests are now coming back to owners and we are honoured that the blog has been asked to run a list of results. This has occured because of the way that the blog, no passwords, no signing in, no joining, is currently the only medium on the internet for Glens freely available to everybody and freely available for everybody to comment on without tracking.

The intention is for the PRA DNA list to appear monthly and results are welcome from ALL. As nobody knows (yet) whether Optigen and Bochum are testing for the same gene names will be listed under the relevant laboratory.


Winnie Wanna Make Music.    Normal/Clear

Bundle of Hope                          Normal/Clear

Jeonty Maybe Daysee              Normal/Clear

Ch Jeonty Wannabe Buster     Normal/Clear

Ch Jeonty Fern Grass               Normal/Clear

Jeonty Wanabee Bauer           Carrier

Jeonty Wannabe Gemma       Carrier

Jeonty Red Clover                   Normal/Clear

Jeonty Highlander Boy           Carrier

Pajantick Jimmy Mac              Normal/Clear

Johnny Be Good at Romainville  Normal/Clear

Brockland Belle Bregorrey      Carrier

Romainville Brannigan            Normal/Clear

Fire & Ice Dino at Jeonty        Normal/Clear


Rainbow Springs Oliver Twist           Clear

Rainbow Springs Irish Rose               Affected

Ch. Rainbow Springs Ansel Adams   Normal/Clear

Ch. Rainbow Springs GotaLota Moxie   Affected (nealy 10 years old & still clear via opthalmic examination)

Rainbow Springs High Velocity            Normal/Clear

Ch. Tipperary Rumor Has It                Normal/Clear

GrCh Finnabir Fiona The Wicked        Carrier

Ch Finnabair Roisin O Tipperary         Normal/Clear

Ch Tipperary Rose of Tralee                       Normal/Clear

Ch Rainbow Springs Geeruh Laoch       Normal/Clear

Ch Rainbow Springs Kylee of Cnoc        Normal/Clear

Ch Rainbow Springs Dermot                    Carrier

Rainbow Springs Arlo Guthrie                Normal/Clear

Finnabair Song O’My Heart                      Carrier

Finnabair The Charm One at Ber-D-Mar   Normal/Clear