Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Adorable Glen of Imaal Terrier!

 

Behavior common of the Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a gentle dog that is very devoted to its family. This breed craves human contact and is happiest with its owners. Therefore, this dog should not be left alone for long periods of time. If left alone for too long, this breed tends to dig and become destructive. This breed provides the ‘best of both worlds’, as the Glen of Imaal Terrier is fun and playful indoors and energetic and athletic outdoors. These dogs are fans of rough play and enjoy high levels of activity, be it a challenging game or long, brisk walk. This high-energy dog enjoys most forms of activity, but this breed does not swim well and can drown if faced with the task. Owners often describe this breed as very responsive to human emotion and moods. The Glen of Imaal Terrier makes a great watchdog, as the breed tends to only bark for a reason and will sound the alarm if suspicious people approach.

This breed is intelligent and responds well to training, but a firm hand must be used. Trainers must be gentle with this sensitive dog, yet consistent and firm. Unlike other breeds, the Glen of Imaal Terrier may not respond well to positive reinforcement techniques that utilize treats. This breed is a good choice for families and can get along well with children and even other pets if properly socialized. These dogs should not be trusted around small pets, though, due to their hunting instincts and rough play styles.

Appearance of the Glen of Imaal Terrier

The  Glen of Imaal Terrier is a small breed, weighing only 25 to 35 pounds and growing to be 12 to 14 inches tall. The breed features a double coat with wiry outer coat and soft undercoat. Their medium length coats come in blue, wheat, and brindle- a variety of colors that spans most shades between cream and red. The breed has round, medium-sized eyes and ears that are half-pricked or rose-shaped.

Grooming your Glen of Imaal Terrier

The shaggy coat of the Glen of Imaal Terrier requires regular brushing. The breed does not shed much, so extra brushing to prevent shedding is generally unnecessary. Coats should be hand stripped or groomed using a stripping knife a few times a year. Proper dental care and regular nail clippings are also required to keep these dogs healthy and happy.

History of the Glen of Imaal Terrier

Not much is known about the history of the Glen of Imaal Terrier, except that the breed is of Irish descent. The breed’s name is borrowed from the Glen of Imaal in Ireland. These dogs traditionally worked as hunters, catching vermin and other pests. The dogs also worked turning rotisseries through a treadmill-like machine known as a “turnspit”. The breed is still relatively unknown and is considered rare in the United States.