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 



Still reminding you!

To support the Glen DNA Archive at the Animal Health Trust … and support Glen health … please request a swab kit for your Glen of Imaal Terrier via our online swab kit request form:

 If you already have swab kits but haven’t yet got around to swabbing your Glen/s, please dig out the kit/s and “do the deed” and get the swabs & documentation sent to the Animal Health Trust as soon as possible, please.



It’s a Friday reminder


(We still have over 150 to go …)

This is Tamar and Storm at the Animal Health Trust, where all the swabs are stored for the Glen DNA Archive. If you have a few minutes this weekend, please visist the Glen Archive website and request a swab kit for YOUR Glen … the DNA from your Glen may one day help scientists with their research into canine health. There is a swab kit request form, video demonstrating how to take the swabs … and lots more information about the Archive … on the link below!

Thank you!


​Alison Seall

Glen DNA Archive Coordinator​

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

What’s going to be done with all this “health” then?

The breed is doing it and so is the Kennel Club but what exactly is all this “health” about? It’s about showing that we all care about our dogs. We’re trying our best to get Glen of Imaal Terriers onto the right track in case anything happens in the future. We’re still incredibly lucky in Glens insofar most of them get born, live and then die at a double figured age without too much bother. Thing is though sometimes shit happens and maybe, possibly, hopefully perhaps, all the form filling that, anybody who cares, has been doing could help provide a solution somewhere down the line. It isn’t just us that is doing it all pedigree breeds, and people who care, are. The Kennel Club does a quarterly newsletter for Veterinary Practices that informs them of what is going on in “our” world and Winter 2014 tells all vets that Glen people will be trying!!

Health Survey Update

The Glen of Imaal Terrier 2014 health survey is now into its third week and we have received 53 responses, so far. If you have not yet completed the survey, there is a “preview” on the survey page … (link at the bottom of this post) … so that you can familiarise yourself with the type of questions asked, and the format of the survey.

We would appreciate the help of breeders, please, to spread the word about this survey. If you are still in contact with any of your puppy people, please do send them details.  Thank you!

We draw your attention to the following:

NB. There is a minor “logic blip” on the Your Glen’s details (UK and non-UK) pages. If you are completing the survey for a Glen that has sadly died, please fill in the age at which your Glen died for Q.15 (UK) or Q.28 (non-UK).

If you would like to be involved in the future monitoring of or research into any health issues highlighted by this survey, then please do provide your contact details in the “Permissions” section at the end of the survey.  Research projects not only require dogs affected with a particular condition (“cases”) but also dogs that are clear of that condition (“controls”), so even if your Glen is fit and healthy, please do consider putting your name forward.  Thank you!

All information submitted via this health survey remains confidential.  Our final report will not will not disclose the identity of individual dogs or owners.  If any research projects are initiated, arising from this survey, we will only contact respondents who have expressed that they are happy to participate in future health research and who have provided contact details.

The charts below provide a little bit of feedback from the survey (opens as pdf. document) to date … and illustrate where the survey responses have come from … (the UK and seven other countries) … and the numbers of Glens with reported health conditions.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the survey.  We look forward to receiving many more responses!

Please click on the link to take you to our health survey page –

If you have any queries about, or need help with the survey, please do not hesitate to contact Alison Seall –



Of course we are & yes we will

You used to put DNA results on the blog but it hasn’t been done for a while. Would you still like them? Of course we would and are more than happy to publish any health results for any Glen of Imaal Terrier. The following are all clear for CRD3

Marfidal Bertil

Marfidal iPaddy to Meomodon

Marfidal Sparkle of Meomodo

Marfidal Rimpun Rompula

Poachersmoon Mickey Spillane

Marfidal Bengt

Marfidal Vaukin Kiva

Marfidal Erika



The weather Gods seem to be smiling

The forecast for Swineshead tomorrow was, initially, not that good but a study of the forecast this morning says the rain has moved to Sunday so bring on the day!

Sheila,, has just a few spaces left for eye testing. Remember this is all breed not just Glen of Imaal Terrier. Alison will have the DNA swabs. The dog show schedule can be downloaded for reference so let’s get ready for a good event!

Please read and share

Via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, your cousin, your puppy owners, your mother with a retired show dog…….anybody and everybody you may know with a Glen of Imaal Terrier might like to be aware the following. We thank the breeder and owner for sending this email:-

“This afternoon I have been telephoned by the owner of one of my dogs to tell me the dog is suffering from epilepsy.Some years ago, he thought maybe three, she had her first attack. And then, about once a year, small, attacks that did not last long. They did not take it very serious and never bothered to inform me. But today it was a very serious attack that lasted for about 10 minutes. As far as I know there are no more Glens with epilepsy at the moment. Is that right?”

Only by sharing that question can be answered. Do you know of any more of the breed diagnosed with epilepsy? An email to will ensure confidentiality but get details logged with regard to future breed health