AKC Group: Terrier
The Glen of Imaal Terrier comes from Ireland and is a mix of other terriers, including the Irish Terrier and the Kerry Blue Terrier. The Glen of Imaal Terrier was used to hunt out vermin, badger and foxes.
Size: No more than 14 inches tall; 36 pounds
Color: Wheaten to cream; silver to blue; brindle (light blue, dark blue and/or tan).
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Health problems: Hip dysplasia or progressive retinal atrophy.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is generally a calm, gentle dog that is intelligent, quick to learn and loves to please. When he needs to be though, he can be determined with an independent streak. He loves to play and needs a somewhat active owner. A couch potato will leave him bored and depressed. Loving and loyal, he isn’t an overly demanding dog. When a Glen of Imaal Terrier needs to sound the alarm, he’ll bark (no problem). They get along with all children though are better suited for older children. If not socialized properly, he’ll always be a cat chaser. They can be aggressive with other dogs, but should never be trusted around rodents or rabbits. With strangers, a Glen of Imaal Terrier may be polite or reserved. They tend to be overly inquisitive so they require a solid fence nor should they be allowed off leash.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier coat is harsh and weather resistant. He has a soft undercoat. Their sweet faces have an alert, curious expression. He needs to be brushed twice a week. His beard should be cleaned daily and his bottom hair should always be trimmed. His ears should be checked regularly for infections. His coat may need regular clipping. On the whole, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is a low shedder.
Early socialization is a requirement and so is obedience training to bring out the best of his personality. They are extremely sensitive to correction, so avoid harshness and yelling. Remember, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is an intelligent dog who is eager to learn. He can’t help that he’s independent; he doesn’t realize how small he really is.