Glen of Imaal Terrier Health

    In line with the Kennel Club’s "primary commitment to the health and welfare of dogs" we are undertaking to monitor Glen of Imaal Terrier health …... and we cannot do this without your help!

Please visit our HEALTH STRATEGY page to see what you can do to help us monitor the health of this lovely breed.

We will also be producing Surveys & Health Reports that are AVAILABLE TO ALL



The EFG operates an informed consent database. All information sent to the Breed Health Co-ordinator remains confidential unless the owner specifically authorizes release of the information into the public domain. Owners are encouraged to release all information, realising it is in the ultimate health interests of the breed. For those not quite ready to accept open sharing of information, there is still value in submitting their results. All test information entered into the database is available in aggregate for research and statistical reporting purposes, but does not disclose identification of individual dogs.

Copyright 2013

A Guide To Judges or how not to judge a Glen of Imaal Terrier
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a front different from most terriers and its topline is not the norm so it would be very easy for exaggeration to creep into the breed. All responsible Glen people do not wish for this to happen as it could mean the emergence of health problems that currently are not in the breed so bring the following Kennel Club regulations to the attention of judges:-
1. Regulation F.9 (2007) In assessing dogs, judges must penalise any features or exaggerations which they consider would be detrimental to the soundness, health or well being of the dog. All dogs must be able to see, breathe, walk and be free from pain, irritation or discomfort.
2. Regulation F(1)21n. Judges and Judging (January 2009)
Judges may exclude any dog from the ring if it is considered not in a fit state for exhibition owing to savage disposition or suffering from any visible condition which adversely affects its health or welfare and the exclusion must be reported immediately by the judge/steward to the Show Secretary. The judge’s decision is final and the dog shall be excluded from all subsequent competition at the Show. The judge must make a report to the Show Secretary at the first opportunity after the Show.

3. Regulation F(1)15b. Exclusion of Dogs (January 2009)
If the show executive receives a report from a show official or Kennel Club official of an apparently visibly unhealthy and/or unsound dog, the dog will be referred to the show veterinary surgeon and if the allegation is upheld the dog will be excluded from subsequent competition at the show. For example if the dog in question had been awarded Best of Breed, it would be excluded from the Group competition.

4. Judge’s Declaration on Challenge Certificate (June 2007)
Having assessed the dogs and penalised any features or exaggerations which I consider detrimental to their soundness, health or welfare, I am clearly of the opinion that ... is of such outstanding merit as to be worthy of the title of Champion.

5. Introductory Paragraph to All Breed Standards (January 2009)
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. The Glen of Imaal Terrier breed standard mentions medium twice in the first six words of “General Appearance”
If any judge feels they have to withold awards in the show ring in regard to a health or welfare issue they will have the support of all responsible Glen of Imaal Terrier people