Glen of Imaal Terrier
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is an unrefined working terrier breed that requires plenty of exercise. This native of Ireland is docile in the home and an active terrier when outside.
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- Short-legged with long body; low to ground
- Coat: Rugged, shaggy, medium-length; rough outer hair lined with a soft, dense undercoat
- Black nose
- Round, dark brown eyes
- Height: 12.5-14 inches
- Weight: 35 pounds
- Average lifespan: 10-14 years
- Spirited, smart, brave, loyal, patient, devoted, stubborn, rambunctious
- Interaction with people: Good family dog; excellent with children
- Interaction with animals: Needs early socialization with other dogs; not recommended for small pets
- Training: Responds well to obedience training, but sensitive to correction
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Ophthalmic disorders (including progessive retinal atrophy)
- Skin allergies (primarily to fleas)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments
- Minimally active indoors
- Needs daily walks
- Likes to dig and chase; can be taught to retrieve
- Requires stripping twice a year
- Pluck out hair in the ears regularly and remove hair between pads of feet
- Initially bred to rid homes and farms of vermin and to hunt badger and fox
- There are between 500 and 600 Glens registered in the U.S.
- The breed received full American Kennel Club recognition in 2004
- Native to the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland
- Named for the Glen of Imaal, an area in the Wicklow Mountains
- Bred to hunt and kill ground-dwelling animals such as foxes and badgers
- Used to turn spits by trotting on treadmill to cook meat over a fire