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Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Breed Organization
Glen of Imaal Terrier Club of America
Native Country
Other Names
Wicklow Terrier, Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier, Glen
Life Expectancy
Approximately 13-16 Years
Litter Size
Average 3-5 Puppies
Breed Group
AKC Terrier
Breed Appearance
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is considered a dwarf breed. It is more substantial and muscular than might be expected compared to other small terriers; a typical adult Glen weighs about 36 pounds and stands 14" tall at the withers. The AKC breed standard specifies a height of 12" to 14" and a weight of "approximately" 35 pounds for males and "somewhat less" for females, with a length-to-height ratio of 5:3. Many champion Glens are, however, larger than breed standard, with some individuals exceeding 40 or even 45 pounds. Glens have a large head, with rose or half-prick ears; short, bowed legs; and a topline that rises from the shoulder to the tail. The shoulders, chest, and hips are sturdy and muscular, and feet are turned out. With three growing stages, a Glen can take up to four years to reach full maturity.

Breed Description
Head: Fairly broad and long. Relatively broad skull. Pronounced stop. Muzzles tapers toward the tip. Powerful jaws.
Ears: Small, rose, or semi-prick when dog is alert.
Eyes: Medium size, round and wide set. Brown color.
Body: Longer than tall. Very muscular neck. Broad, strong chest. Ribs well sprung. Strong loin. Straight back.
Tail: Docked. Strong at the root, carried gaily.
Hair: Medium length, harsh texture. Soft undercoat.
Coat: Blue brindle, but not tending to black. Light wheaten with golden red tones. Ink blue mask. Blue strip along the back, on the tail and the ears is acceptable.
Size: 33 to 35 cm (13-14 in).
Weight: 14-16 kg (31-35 lb).

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a dog of unknown origins, but is of Irish descent. The breed received his name from the Glen of Imaal, in County Wick low, Ireland. The breed's early job was as a hunter, silently going after vermin, and going to ground after fox and badgers, dragging out the pray. Gamers put them in a pit with badgers, timing them on the kill, until the so-called sport was banned in 1966. The dogs were also used as turnspit dogs: Glens were put on a treadmill and would walk for hours, turning a large rotisserie wheel that was used to cook meat over an open flame. This spunky little terrier can still catch vermin and with little training it can still be used to successfully hunt foxes and badgers.

This robust, rustic, active, courageous, spirited dog is agile and very playful. Glens are excellent companions for children and adults alike. While his demeanor is that of a guard dog, his size makes him far from formidable. However, he is quarrelsome with other dogs. This breed has retained a strong hunting instinct.

Glens are generally very strong and healthy and can live 15 years or more.

The Glen can adapt to life in the city if he receives enough exercise. Daily brushing is required.

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