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.
Height: 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 kg)
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.
Health 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 Atrophy (PRA).
• Glen of Imaal Terriers are often referred to as “Glens” for short
• 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 entertainment.
AKC: Terrier Group
ANKC: Group 2 – Terriers
CKC: Terrier Dogs
FCI Group 3; Section 1 Large & medium-sized Terriers
KC: Terrier Group