WHAT IS A HOME BREEDER?
This literally means that our dogs live with us at home. They mostly sleep on the sofa and occasionally snooze in their own bed. They are not caged or kenneled elsewhere.
We are not a registered kennel, but Teamhrach is registered with the UK Kennel Club, as are all our puppies.
SKY RELAXES ON HER DAYBED
HOW MANY LITTERS HAVE YOU HAD?
One in January 2018.
ARE YOU PLANNING ANOTHER?
Yes, but humour me whilst I elaborate:
Sky’s highly-anticipated second litter was planned with understandable optimism in 2019. We were still buoyed with elation by her Magnificent Seven. It had all gone so smoothly the first time, from Sky coming into season on cue, to conception and whelping. We felt tremendously grateful that Sky had taken motherhood in her stride. She doted on each puppy; and two years later she remains very much Clodagh’s mum. We both agreed that the next litter would be her second and last.
So, it was a surprise in late spring 2019, when Sky kept us waiting a while before finally coming into season. We were concerned enough to have the vet check her over, and were reassured she was fit as a fiddle. Vet bill #1.
I remain convinced that Sky’s subsequent weekend away spent socialising with other Glens – especially the male ones – somehow kick-started her hormones into action. Questionable science, perhaps, but I hold great store in doggy logic.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER?
Now for the real science bit:
To ascertain the perfect moment of fertility, two separate blood tests were required, as the first result was a big fat negative. This entailed two further trips to the vet to extract blood. Vet bill #2 and #3. The second visit also required a pricey mild sedative, as Sky had decided it was one extraction too many.
Both blood samples were sent away for oestrogen-level testing, for a fee. Once the second result came back with a peak fertility date, it was all systems go. We had to drive Sky nearly two hours to another breeder with a Clear male. We were lucky the journey was straightforward. Sometimes, a trip abroad is required in the quest for a perfect mate. Timing is everything, and the general consensus is ideally a three-day window for the dogs to get fully acquainted. Pete and Sky were able to stay locally and drive about an hour each day, for her coupling. It went well, with both sides convinced the mating had been successful.
We opted not to have another blood test to confirm pregnancy, based on Sky’s previous upset. In retrospect of course, we should have had a scan. Over the next month, Sky appeared to bloom in front of our eyes. Her teats and tummy looked swollen. As in 2017, she seemed to soften and become clingy. Later, we would both touch her tummy and were convinced we felt movement. I know, I know. You are astute and way ahead of me...
We reassembled the Puppy Pen in the kitchen. Further wood was ordered to construct a larger run. Plush new vet bed was purchased and cut to size. The airing cupboards of Hornchurch were depleted once again and we were inundated with towels. But, as the due date approached, it became obvious that something was amiss. Sky was nowhere near as big as she should be. Had something terrible happened? Sky was rushed to the vet for a scan. Vet bill #4. Thankfully, it simply showed that she was not pregnant.
SKY'S SECOND LITTER
Is planned with unwavering optimism for early summer 2020. Watch this space! And yes, we will be having a scan this time, just to make sure.
THE WAITING LIST
We appreciate the time and emotion you have already invested to be on our waiting list. The least we can do is answer your questions and keep you updated with any news. We will also forward your details to other reputable breeders with a planned litter. We are not oblivious to the collective excitement generated by an impending new arrival. Unlike Mother Nature, who prefers to dance to the beat of her own drum!
If Sky’s last mating had been successful, we would then have paid a stud fee, which varies according to breeder. Sometimes, the owner of the male dog will choose a puppy from the litter instead. So, a home-breeder can potentially be minus one puppy before the litter is even born. Quite often, the breeder will decide to keep a puppy from their own litter too. Something to bear in mind, if you are waiting for a puppy.
THE PRICE OF A PUPPY
We try to agree a fair price for a puppy with other UK breeders we know. Sky’s last litter sold for around GBP 1,000 each in 2018.
Because Glen of Imaal terriers are a rare native breed, the onus is on us to ensure that one puppy from each litter will continue the line with a reputable breeder. Our greatest fear is that Glens will be exploited by unscrupulous human greed.
2019 taught us that our overheads are harder to absorb than an established kennel producing more than one litter a year. Whilst Purina initially provides puppy food, all other expenses are incurred by the breeder.
All Teamhrach puppies come wormed and microchipped, with a full health check and their first jab.
We worked with the UK KENNEL CLUB and GADHARCHUMANN NA hÉIREANN in 2018 to produce a unique five-generation pedigree for each puppy. It looks mighty fine in a frame!
THE FUTURE IS GLEN-SHAPED
Truly successful breeding relies on new and diverse bloodlines; and the ability to accommodate male and female dogs together. Males can become stressed when they are near females in season.
The wellbeing and happiness of our dogs is paramount.
Going forward, we hope to ergonomically extend our home and gradually expand our Glen family. We only have Sky and Clodagh for now. We would love to breed with her in the future. She will tell us when she is ready.
GLENS GO GLOBAL
No travel is truly stress-free for puppies. Frankly, we would prefer to wave our Glens off on a nice, comfy cruise ship with a sumptuous First Class cabin. And butler. But we accept that this is not always a viable mode of transport for their voyage to pastures new.
We have researched some options for in-cabin transatlantic travel. These vary depending on each airline and are constantly updated. Whilst the UK is classed as rabies free, some countries may require a vet’s certificate. We will help with a Pet Passport and any other requirements.
We are keen to continue and strengthen the breed globally, but this is trumped by our concern for the welfare of each precious puppy.
We try to use the website to share what we have discovered about this extraordinary breed. And to show what to expect with a rare Glen puppy. We are forever grateful to Team Tara for making this possible.
We also respect your privacy and membership is entirely optional!
Whilst we do not show our dogs, we understand its importance. We admire the sheer dedication and effort involved. I do take issue with judging one beautiful dog over another, though. We accept that there must be a breed standard, but the fate of the British Bulldog tells us that rigid conformity can be hugely detrimental.
Showing and other Glen get-togethers are an opportunity for Glens to shine like the stars they are. Their tendency to charm everyone they meet probably explains why there are still more Glen lovers in the world than Glens. Less than 50 were registered with the UK Kennel Club in 2017. Country shows are another way to encounter several Glens at once, if you have not already had the immense pleasure. Their humans can also provide invaluable advice and feedback.
FIFTY SHADES OF GLEN
Aptly named, Sky is an exquisite moody BLUE, like a storm rolling in over the Wicklow Mountains. She carries the wheaten gene from her mum. A true blue starts life black and gradually lightens. Some retain a darker coat.
To an extent, these colours can all be explained by the Glen's ancestry.
BABY BRINDLE IN 2018
WHO'S THE DADDY?
IMAGES OF ROCK BUSTER AND ROCK STEADY BEAT THANKS TO KATHY GEORGE | ROMAINVILLE
SKY AND HER MAGNIFICENT SEVEN IN 2018
GROOMING YOUR GLEN
We recommend brushing early on, to acclimatise your Glen to being groomed. This will also help to detangle and remove dried mud. You will need a stripping knife - good for removing stubborn tangles - and we also have a stripping rake with a handle. Both should be used with care.
We happen to be rather fond of the 'windswept and interesting' look for Sky. But we soon came to realise that a hand-stripped coat requires less maintenance. It will also reveal the true proportions and substance of a Glen in all its glory.
We are big fans of the home-cut wonky fringe! Reminiscent of that first-day-back-at-school, for humans of a certain age. Keeping it short will prevent hair from irritating the eyes. They are most definitely the window to a Glen's soul.