The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a very old breed of dogs used by the farmers of Glen of Imaal valley, Ireland, (hence the name) to hunt foxes and badgers. It was bred to be a fearless fighter and tireless hunter and also to keep company to the family members. As a result, the Glen evolved into an all-round working dog and gentle, loyal family pet. The Glen is easy to upkeep, sturdy and very undemanding. He is an ideal house and apartment dog, but be careful: some Glens can be string-willed and domineering and will need firm and consistent handling and discipline. The Irish Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1934. The Glen of Imaal Terrier is recognized by most major dog registries, including American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, New Zealand Kennel Club, The Kennel Club (UK) and Australia National Kennel Council.
Other Names: Glen
Country of Origin: Ireland
Utilization: Companion Dog
FCI Classification: Group 3: Terriers; Section 1: Large and medium sized Terriers. Without working trial; AKC Classification: Terriers or Companion Dogs
Size: Weight: up to 35 pounds for males; Height: maximum 14 inches. The AKC, ANKC and KC (UK) will not penalize the dog if its weight is outside the prescribed limits. The NZKC's and KC's height upper limit is 14.5 inches. The FCI. standard is based on the standard of the member club of the country of origin - Ireland and its height and weight requirements are 14 inches and 35 pounds accordingly.
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Colors: Blue brindle, wheaten, from a light wheaten color to a golden reddish shade. Puppies may be born colored blue, wheaten, or reddish. Lighter colored puppies usually have an inky blue mask, and there may also be a streak of blue down the back, on the tail, and on the ears. The darker markings will clear with maturity.
Life Span: 13-15 years
Grooming Requirements: Glens are very easy to groom and require some trimming twice a year. They should be bathed only when needed.
Shedding: May shed very little hair.
Personality: The Glen of Imaal Terrier is agile, active, spirited, gentle, docile and very loyal to his family. They are the quietest of all the terriers, and were bred and trained not to bark at their prey.
Social skills: Gets along with other animals, but may chase cats.
Suitability for Children: Patient and gentle with children. Be careful: despite their small size, Glens are very strong and small children should not be allowed to hold an adult Glen on a leash.
Exercise Needs: Needs daily exercise on leash.
Train Ability: Very easy to train. Sometimes Glens can be stubborn and independent, but they respond well to praise and are quite sensitive to harsh tone of voice.
Health & Behavioral Issues: The Glen likes to eat and can easily become overweight. A balanced diet is highly recommended. There have been reported incidents of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and aortic stenosis. Glen of Imaal Terriers like to chase other animals. Although they are not barkers, their bark is deep and loud. They get bored when left alone for long hours and can become destructive.