Yes of course the current mild spell is only temporary, but as soon as January arrives thoughts turn to Spring and sometimes a new puppy for the family. Glen of Imaal Terriers are a great breed and should certainly be on the list for consideration but as you peruse the internet please try to remember a couple of things. Any responsible breeder will be able (and willing) to talk about PRA in the breed and show you-by paperwork or email-the current status of the sire and dam of any puppies they have. Also a liver coloured(brown nose and pads) Glen may look very cute and will make a great pet but if you have any ideas of possibly having a litter yourself it would make sense to either think wheaten or brindle.
The recent Breed Record Supplement recorded only three Glen of Imaal Terriers registered in the recent quarter. Last time we only a had a few registered just happened to be session when a journalist did their totally wrong, and very damaging, piece on Glens being rarer than the Giant Panda. Some of us fought it hard and got it removed or retracted from all over but the damage had been done-for the next two years we still got people advertising Glens under the Giant Panda strapline and attempting to charge prices accordingly.
Back then it was just how the registrations had been applied for and it is the same for the March-June quarter. At the Association Show a group of Glen people were “totting up” pups that were around and between 25 and 30 were known. Some of these may not be registered with the Kennel Cllub but the big majority will be and the numbers will show later in the year.
Maybe it is something to do with Crufts coming up, and the possibility the people will see Glen of Imaal Terriers at the NEC and decide they want one, but the litter currently being advertised in Cornwall DOES NOT EXIST. They are a scam/con to get people to part with money. There is no five generation pedigree, no KC papers, no Glens!
If you are thinking of having a Glen of Imaal Terrier do visit Crufts, either “upstairs” at Discover Dogs or “downstairs” Friday at the ring, talk to people and meet the breed but you won’t get a puppy there. No Glen of Imaal person will promise you one on the strength of patting a dogs head. They will want you to visit at home, to get greeted at thigh height by muddy paws and be towed down the garden, before a decision is made.