Glen of Imaal Terrier

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    History & Overview

    The Glen of Imaal Terrier originated in Ireland where it was bred to destroy vermin and hunt badgers and foxes. He is fearless and very territorial and makes an excellent watchdog. Glens are intelligent, playful, quick to learn and devoted to their family. The Glens of wheaten color resembles another Irish breed of short-legged terriers – Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Glens shed very little and require occasional trimming.


    The Glen of Imaal (pronounced E-Mahl) Terrier is an ancient 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 strong-willed and domineering and will need firm and consistent handling and discipline. They are the quietest of all the terriers and were bred and trained not to bark at their prey.

    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.

    At A Glance

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    Companion Dog


    FCI Classification: Group 3: Terriers. Section 1: Large and medium sized Terriers. Without working trial
    AKC Classification: Terriers or Companion Dogs


    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.


    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 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.


    The Glen of Imaal Terrier is agile, active, spirited, gentle, docile and very loyal to his family.

    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 a 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. 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. There have been reported incidents of:

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