Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal terrier hails from Ireland. It is thought that the earliest ancestors of the breed were dogs brought to Ireland by settlers and local dogs of indiscriminate origin. Developed as a hunter, the Glen of Imaal terrier has retained its love of the chase. This dog has a level of tenacity that is truly amazing. Because of it, the dog was used in organized dog fighting rings. The dog was also used to run on a treadmill-type machine that powered the mechanisms of cooking spits. The American Kennel Club did not recognize the Glen of Imaal terrier until 1987. It is considered to be a rare dog today, but it is gaining popularity. Today's Glen of Imaal terrier is kept both as a family pet and a hunting companion.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a small, muscular terrier that has a harsh outer coat and a soft undercoat, which provide insulation against cold weather and rain. Its coat need occasional brushing and clipping but is generally low maintenance. Personality: The Glen is a curious, inquisitive dog breed that is fearless. It will not fear cars, larger animals or deep waters and should be therefore only allowed to roam in safe areas. It needs daily exercise in the form of walks or hunting. It is a calm dog indoors and is very affectionate towards its family. It's gentle and sweet with children but can be aggressive towards other dogs.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Function
Life Span
12-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Glens, Irish Glen of Imaal terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier Build Information

Size
Small
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
10-12 in.
Weight
26 - 40 lbs
Litter Size
1 - 3 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Docked
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a small, muscular terrier that has a harsh outer coat and a soft undercoat, which provide insulation against cold weather and rain. Its coat need occasional brushing and clipping but is generally low maintenance.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The Glen is a curious, inquisitive dog breed that is fearless. It will not fear cars, larger animals or deep waters and should be therefore only allowed to roam in safe areas. It needs daily exercise in the form of walks or hunting. It is a calm dog indoors and is very affectionate towards its family. It's gentle and sweet with children but can be aggressive towards other dogs.

Appearance

Colors
Blue Blue Gray Cream Silver Tan Tan Brindle Wheaten
Shedding
None
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Dense

This breed requires virtually nothing when it comes to grooming. Brush your dog's coat once each week to keep it free from tangles. Your dog will need a bath about four times each year, and its toenails, ears, and teeth will need regular attention. If you are looking for a low-maintenance breed when it comes to grooming, look no further than the Glen of Imaal terrier.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • Glen of Imaal terriers need regular exercise to be happy
  • This breed was originally designed to dig
  • If you do not want your yard full of holes, train your dog to dig in a specific area of the yard
  • These dogs love to play and are considered great companions for children
  • This breed can be aggressive with other dogs, particularly those of the same gender
  • The Glen of Imaal terrier has a very high prey drive
  • This breed should not be kept in a home with smaller animals
  • This breed loves to run; be sure that you have a sturdy fence with which to keep your dog contained
  • Glen of Imaal terriers are commonly referred to as “Glens”

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Common Health Conditions in Glen of Imaal Terriers

Because of the somewhat rare nature of the breed, it is not prone to the same genetic health conditions experienced by dogs that have been over bred. The Glen of Imaal terrier may be prone to progressive retinal atrophy as well as hypothyroidism. If you are purchasing a puppy from a responsible breeder, expect to see clearances for the Canine Eye Registry Foundation and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

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