Below are links to health survey reports and the Glen DNA Archive, and information about Glen research projects.


Data from health surveys and the DNA Archive can help inform breed health strategy and influence future health research initiatives.



Health surveys


2018 : UK Breed Clubs

Pedigree Breed Summary

This online & paper survey was carried out by the EFG & GOITA in 2018 for UK-resident Glens. A total of 111 responses were received for 90 live and 21 deceased Glens.

2014 : Worldwide

Glen of Imaal Terrier Health Survey Report (2014)

This online survey was run over a period of 10 weeks at the end of 2014. A total of 379 responses were received for 334 live Glens and 45 deceased Glens. There were 128 responses for  UK-resident Glens.

2014 : UK Kennel Club

Pedigree Breed Health Survey (2014)

This online survey received responses for 33 live Glens and 3 deceased Glens (UK),

2004 : UK Kennel Club 

Purebred Dog Health Survey for Glen of Imaal Terriers (2004)

Survey forms were received for 55 live Glens and 6 deceased Glens (UK).

Tailed, brindle Glen of Imaal Terrier standing

Glen DNA Archive

Three Glen of Imaal Terriers sitting together ... two brindles with a wheaten in the middle

Glen DNA Archive

28 July 2020: Please see important notice on home page.

The International Glen DNA Archive provides a facility to store Glen DNA, 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 Animal Health Trust.

Contributions to the DNA Archive are welcome from non-UK resident Glens, as well as those living in the UK … from Glens of all ages and health status.

For more information, and to request a swab kit, please visit the dedicated Glen Archive website.

Thank you for your invaluable support of this important health initiative.





2015 : Glen of Imaal Terrier Population Analysis 1980 - 2014 : (UK Kennel Club)

The conclusions in the Glen report were that, " ... the rate of inbreeding in this breed has remained relatively steady but rather high over the whole period. There appears to be extensive use of popular dogs as sires in this breed ..."

2015 : Conformation of the front legs in Glen of Imaal Terriers - Radiographic study : (Study protocol)

Anu Lappalainen is the principal scientist for this research project, carried out at the University of Helsinki, Finland. 

"Aim of the study is to test the radiographic screening protocol used in Skye terriers in Finland in other chondrodystrophic breeds, such as Glen of Imaal terrier. This study is a part of a larger study utilizing biomechanical methods in evaluation of movements of chondrodystrophic breeds (Glen of Imaal and Skye terriers)."

The results of this study will hopefully be published in 2021.