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Glen of Imaal Terriers are generally a healthy breed!

The Kennel Club have published the Breed Health & Conservation Plan (BHCP) for Glen of Imaal Terriers. It's quite a read.

The Breed Health Co-Ordinator would like to receive any opinions you have about it


Glens generally live until they die! On first reading an obvious statement but many breeds of dog do, unfortunately, have problems that means their breeders can say that by year x they will quite possibly have y, or if it gets to double figures in age you will be very lucky. Glens regularly make double figures & Anno Domini (advancing years) still ranks as the main cause of death within the breed

Looking at Health in the Glen and hopefully the next few web pages will go some way to explaining words, conditions, concerns and things that should be considered with Glen of Imaal Terrier health. Some links will go off site but all these will open on a new page so this site WILL be there in the background to enable your research into Glen health to continue easily. It's a lot to think about but you really do need to do it.

Whilst you're thinking about health do consider the International Glen of Imaal Terrier DNA Archive.

  • The archive is a confidential storage facility for Glen DNA swabs, along with supporting pedigree and health information, for use in future health research projects. 

  • All you need to do to support this important health initiative, is send off five buccal (cheek) swabs from your Glen, plus a copy of your Glen’s pedigree and the submission form to the Kennel Club Genetics Centre (KCGC) at Cambridge University.

  • Contributions are welcomed from all pedigree Glens … whatever their age or health status … from anywhere in the world!

  • To request a swab kit, please click here. (

Another way of contributing to Glen of Imaal Terrier wellbeing would be by being up to date with what is out there via the Kennel Club sites and links; particularly helpful if investigating pedigrees or think of mating your Glen.

In 2018 a State of The Breed Survey was held for Glen of Imaal Terriers resident in the UK. The results can be seen by clicking on the .pdf document







Results of 2018 State of The Breed Survey

Degenerative Myelopathy
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