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Glen Of Imaal puppy

Glen Of Imaal puppy

Rarer than Giant Pandas

A Berkshire dog breeder has just bred a litter of Glen of Imaal Terrier puppies, which is officially Britain's rarest breed of dog with just 36 being born last year. BBC South Today's Ben Moore visits Jane Withers of Granary Kennels in Frilsham.

A litter of Glen Of Imaal puppies have just been born at a West Berkshire breeder - and they are officially Britain's rarest breed of dog.

Watch the BBC South Today reporter Ben Moore's report here:

Jane Withers of Granary Kennels in Frilsham said: "It's like a lot of these things, there are a few breeders about and then gradually they get older and they stop breeding.

Glen Of Imaal puppy

Glen Of Imaal puppies

"The gene pool is also very small as well so it takes us a long time to collect the dogs to do the matings."

There are currently only 25 breeding bitches of Imaals in the UK.

Imaals are more rare than giant pandas with only 36 pups born in the UK last year. That also puts them at the top of the Kennel Club's most vulnerable list.

"We try hard not to over-breed them," says Jane, "they can be very strong-willed which isn't everybody's cup of tea."

They are in such high demand that one of the pups is emigrating to Finland.

last updated: 30/01/2008 at 16:37
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