of Imaal Terrier
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Glen of Imaal Terriers are medium in size,
courageous, friendly and playful. These short-legged
dogs are longer in length than they are tall
and have a rugged coat. Glen of Imaal Terriers
can be traced back to the Glen of Imaal in
County Wicklow, Ireland where they were initially
bred as a working terrier to eradicate the
home and farm of vermin and to hunt fox and
badgers. Glen of Imaal Terriers were also
turnspit dogs, which basically means they
were used to run on a treadmill to turn a
spit over the hearth, somewhat like a rotisserie.
For several hundreds of years, the Glen of
Imaal Terrier breed, which has ancestors that
date back to the 16th century, was unknown
outside this remote area of Ireland. Glens
made their first public appearance in the
early 1930s at an Irish dog show and The Glen
of Imaal Terrier Club of Ireland was formed
in 1933. A year later the breed was recognized
by the Irish Kennel Club. In 2004, Glen of
Imaal Terriers were fully recognized by the
American Kennel Club.
The height of a Glen of Imaal Terrier is Up
to 14 in (35.5 cm)
Weight: The weight of a Glen
of Imaal Terrier is 34-36 pounds (15.5-16.5
Coat Type: The
Glen of Imaal Terrier has a medium length
double coat. Outer is harsh; under is soft.
Regular, thorough brushing (with a slicker
brush) is necessary to help prevent matting.
Color: The color of the Glen
of Imaal Terrier's coat is any shade of wheaten,
blue, or brindle.
Temperament: Glen of Imaal
Terriers are spirited, hardy and loyal. They're
courageous and fearless and their deep bark
sounds as if they are much larger. Glen of
Imaal Terriers make a good watch (not guard)
dog and family pet. Glens are game (which
can be expressed in aggressiveness) and might
mistake small domestic pets for prey. The
Glen of Imaal Terrier responds well to praise
rather than harsh discipline. They are eager
to learn, but can become bored easily. Glens
do not need a lot of exercise, but the love
to dig, chase and play. They are trustworthy
with children. The Glen of Imaal Terrier does
not constantly demand attention, although
they thoroughly enjoy being with people.
Problems: Glen of Imaal Terriers
are generally a healthy, strong breed. Skin
allergies and irritations are a common health
concern. Hip dysplasia and Progressive Retinal
• Glen of Imaal Terriers
are often referred to as "Glens"
• Glen of Imaal Terriers
were first recognized by the Irish Kennel
Club in 1934. Glen of Imaal Terriers are the
American Kennel Club's 153rd breed. Glens
were fully recognized by the AKC in 2004.
• Glen of Imaal Terriers were used
to turn a spit for cooking meals. It is also
believed they were used in dog fighting as
AKC: Terrier Group
ANKC: Group 2 - Terriers
CKC: Terrier Dogs
FCI Group 3; Section 1 Large & medium-sized
KC: Terrier Group