The original breed club for the Glen of Imaal Terrier recognised by and registered with the UK Kennel Club formed in 1982
(Over 30 Years Serving the Breed)
 

                 Breed Standard


© The Kennel Club
 

A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. 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 Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website here http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/services/public/breeds/watch for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring.


General Appearance

Medium-sized with medium-length coat, great strength with impression of maximum substance for the size of dog. Body longer than high.

Characteristics

Active, agile and silent when working. Native of County Wicklow and named after the Glen of Imaal.

Temperament

Game and spirited with great courage when called upon, otherwise gentle and docile.

Head and Skull

Of good width and fair length with powerful foreface. Muzzle to taper towards nose. Well defined stop. Nose black.

Eyes

Brown, medium size, round and set well apart. Light eyes undesirable.

Ears

Small, rose or half pricked when alert, thrown back when in repose. Full drop or prick undesirable.

Mouth

Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth of good size.

Neck

Very muscular and of moderate length.

Forequarters

Shoulders broad, muscular and well laid back. Forelegs short, well boned and slightly bowed.

Body

Deep and of medium length, slightly longer than height at withers. Well sprung ribs with neither flat nor barrel appearance. Chest wide and strong. Topline slightly rising to a strong loin.

Hindquarters

Strong, well muscled, with good thighs and good bend of stifle. Hocks turned neither in nor out.

Feet

Compact and strong with rounded pads. Front feet to turn out slightly from pastern.

Tail

Docking previously optional.
Docked: Strong at root. Well set on and carried gaily.
Undocked: Strong at root. Well set on and carried gaily. In overall balance with rest of the dog.

Gait/Movement

Free in action. Covers the ground effortlessly with good drive behind.

Coat

Medium length, of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Coat may be tidied to present a neat outline.

Colour

Blue, brindle and wheaten (all shades).

Size

35-36 cms (14 ins) at the shoulder is maximum height for dogs and bitches.

Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

Note

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

The Kennel Club GOITA Breed Standard

Last updated October 2009
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