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Breed Club Codes of Ethics

The Glen of Imaal Terrier Association (GOITA) and Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts and Fanciers Club (EFG) Codes of Ethics provide "best practice" guidance to breeders ...

  • to monitor ocular (eye) health

  • to protect the welfare of breeding bitches

  • to safeguard the future health and genetic diversity of the Glen

EFG & GOITA Codes of Ethics


  • "Dog not to produce more than six UK-bred litters over the course of his lifetime" (EFG)

  • (Please see 'Popular sires' section)


  • "Bitch not to be mated until after her second birthday" (EFG)

  • "Bitch not to produce more than three litters over the course of her breeding lifetime" (EFG)

  • "Bitch not to whelp any litters after her eighth birthday (Kennel Club rule)" (EFG)

  • "Bitch not to whelp two litters within any twelve month period" (EFG)

  • Bitch to whelp her first litter before her sixth birthday (GOITA)

PRA crd3

  • "The crd3 status of both parents should be known, or established by DNA test prior to (first) mating" (EFG)

  • "At least one parent to be either Hereditary Clear or DNA tested Clear, to ensure that the puppies are not at risk of developing the blinding disorder, GPRA-crd3" (EFG)

  • "All parents must be DNA tested unless hereditary clear of gPRA/crd3" (GOITA)

Eye testing

  • "Both parents to have an up-to-date eye test certificate at time of mating i.e. within the twelve months prior to mating" (EFG)

  • "Ideally, breeding stock to have regular eye tests ...... at least every 24 months until the age of 10 years" (EFG)

  • "It is recommended that all dogs should still be eye-tested periodically ..." (GOITA)

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