Irish Breeds Are Us!

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is the proud “other” cousin of the Terriers of Ireland. Many people in the street have heard of the Kerry Blue and probably the Irish Terrier. At a push they can maybe give a name to the Wheaten hairy one but Glens????? We don’t care (much) because we were officially there before our better known blonde cousin and have always been able to punch our weight! Over the next twelve months or so there will be a couple of unique occasions to see all the “Irishmen” together.

The FCI European Winners Show is being held in Dublin under the auspices of the Irish Kennel Club and full details for that can be seen here. Obviously all the Irish breeds will be there but they will be mixed up amongst the others as they are at shows over here. “The family” though will be the only dogs seen at the special KC Show for Native Irish Breeds. This show is a KC one so will be run differently from the IKC one. Payment will be in sterling rather than euros and CCs will be awarded. Full details can be found here.

The Euro Winners is on the 30/31 May. Entries close April 17th

The KC CC Show is on 31 May. Entries close April 10th (postmark)

The Irish Glen Association is also holding a Specialty on 29 May. Entries close April 25th.

2010 marks the 55th Anniversary of the recognition of the Soft Coated Wheaten and they are having hoping to have “one heck of a bash”. The Kennel Club have allowed a special show to mark the occasion and the Wheatens, Kerries, Irish and Glens are all holding shows at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on April 18th.

The judge for Glens is Roger Bill; an interesting choice indeed. Roger hasn’t owned a Glen since the late 80s/early 90s so will bring a totally new eye onto the animals now in the ring. The President of the Irish Kennel Club, Sean Delmar, will be judging Best In Show and the numerous Stakes classes it is hoped will be scheduled.

The Native Breeds Trust will also be in attendance and it is anticiapted the programme will grow even more as the date approaches. Mark the diaries now.