Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier

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The Irish Glen of Imaal terrier (hereinafter Glen) is one out of four terrier breeds. It is a small, active, and energetic breed. The Glen derives from Ireland from the Glen of Imaal valley to be exact. It was an indispensable working dog and hunting dog on the farms. Today, it is a calm family dog that loves children.

Character and behaviour
The Glen is a small, robust, and muscular dog. In spite of its size it is well suited as a guard dog. It does not bark unmotivated and it has a deep and loud sound. It thus gives the impression of being bigger than it really is. As the majority of terriers the Glen may be stubborn. The training thus requires a lot of patience and consistency. However, it is important to be gentle and display leadership at the same time.

A Glen is confident and easily adapts to its surroundings. It does not require a lot of exercise but thrive on training through agility or obedience.

History of the breed
The Glen derives, as the name implies, from Ireland. It is one out of four Irish terrier and was hundreds of years ago developed in the Glen of Imaal valley. The breed was indispensable to farm owners, who used it for hunt and work.

It is thought that the Glen was used to run the treadmill that was used to rotate meat over a fire. In addition it was used as rat catcher and in dogfights. On the basis of these activities the Irish Glen of Imaal was developed.

Appearance, grooming and health
The Glen is a small, short-legged, and robust breed. The head is broad. The ears are small, v-shaped, and folds forward. The body is long compared to the small short slightly curved legs. The chest is broad and the tail is medium long. The coat colour varies from blue brindle to every shades of wheaten.

The Irish Glen of Imaal is 13 inches tall and weighs 33 pounds.

The coat has two layers. The outer coat is coarse and rough whereas the inner coat is soft and dense. It requires regular brushing and trimming several times a year. It is generally speaking a healthy breed. Life expectancy is 15 years or more.

What you should know about the breed:

  • Suitable as a family dog
  • Excellent guard dog
  • Hardly ever barks
  • Good with children
  • Suitable for apartment living as long as it gets plenty of exercise daily

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