The Glen of Imaal Terrier originated in Ireland's county Wicklow and was named after a glen in that region.
Not much detail is known about the development of the Glen terriers, but it believed they joined the ranks of the dog world in the 1700s. Today the gene pool is not very large which can make it more time consuming for those wishing to obtain one.
Glens were used on farms as ratters and to hunt foxes and badgers. On other occasions, they were pitted against other dogs in fights.
Another unique job assigned to the Glen that provided a useful service, was working a dog wheel to turn the meat on a kitchen spit.
His short-legged profile made him just right for the job.
The Glen of Imaal is a very attractive and confident little dog. His somewhat shaggy look gives him a mischievous expression.
Glen of Imaal Terrier is an intelligent dog with the expected courage of the
terriers. However, unlike many small dogs, he is not a barker - at least not without very good reason, which
makes him a good watchdog.
He is a very social dog and a good family protector. While being both agile and playful outside, he is more of a snoozer inside the home.
Glens are responsive to their owners and should be obedience trained because they have a bit of stubborn streak. They can also be aggressive toward other dogs, so socialization in this area is wise.
On the positive side, this confident dog is strong and very flexible and enjoys success in agility competition, as well as conformation and earth dog sports. The best approach to training a Glen is with kindness and consistency, mixed with playful interruptions.
Height: 14 inches
Weight: 34-36 lbs.
Color variations: Wheaten, Blue or Brindle in all shades.
The coat is of medium length and harsh with a soft undercoat. It rarely gets matted if it is maintained with regular combing and brushing about twice a week.
Hand plucking with a stripping tool is recommended every six months. Selective trimming around the ears, paws, beard will maintain a more neat appearance. Also, regular removal of some hair growth in the ear canal is needed to prevent infections.
While shedding is minimal with this breed, this means that brushing is more important to remove dead hair to keep the coat healthy.
Glens are generally considered to be quite a robust little dogs that,
with good care, can live up to seventeen years, although the norm would
around thirteen or fourteen.
The main health conditions that can affect the breed include:
Since PRA is acquired genetically, there is a test to assist breeders in determining if the conditions for this disease exists in dog they are considering for breeding.
A good thing to keep in mind when talking with a breeder about obtaining a Glen of Imaal Terrier.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier does not have a high exercise requirement.
He is quite adaptable to a moderate level of activity, though he is playful and does have good stamina.
This breed can live quite happily in either a house or apartment providing he is taken out for walks and fresh air.
That being said, a yard for playtime and training is always ideal.
The Glen of Imaal has an excellent reputation with children being a gentle companion for and very willing to join in their games.
Even so, since children and dogs are unpredictable, activities between them are always best supervised by an adult.
As a very loyal and devoted breed with easy care, he makes a good choice for senior or more sedentary families.
The only condition is that someone is able to provide some exercise and outside walks on a daily basis.
A complete owner guide that includes information about the breed's ancestry, character and standard, proper selection, feeding, training, health care and behavior. Also advice about preparing for the puppy, house training and potential puppy problems. Many full color photos.
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