Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a dog breeds of the terrier category. It originates in Wicklow, Ireland, and was developed as a working terrier, proficient in badger-drawing and hunting of fox. When Elizabeth I was having problems in Ireland she hired French and Hessian soldiers to go and solve the problem; they settled in the Wicklow area in the Glen of Imaal. They brought with them their low slung hounds which they bred with the Irish terrier stock developing the Glen of Imaal Terrier as a general working dog, used for herding and eradicating vermin, especially fox and badger.


The Glen of Imaal Terrier is classified as a medium-sized dog. When full grown, the average Glen of Imaal weighs approximately 16 kg (35 lbs) and stands 35.5 cm (14 in) tall at the withers. The breed has a medium-length double coat harsh on top and soft below the breed also does not moult the coat is wheaten, blue, or brindle in colour. Glen's have a large head and short, bowed legs with a raised topline. The Glen of Imaal puppies have black "hi-lights" in their fur. Eventually, the black will fade and their full wheaten coat will come in. The breed is also slow to mature taking up to 4 yrs it goes though 3 growing stages before reaching maturity.


Generally very strong and healthy, the dog breeds can be prone to progressive retinal atrophy, a disease of the eyes in a very small number of cases, and may possibly have heart problems though only one recorded case.It is also a breed which requires a low protien diet after the age of 12 months.


The Glen of Imaal Terrier, though normally docile, can sometimes be aggressive if provoked. There have been no reported serious injuries caused by the breed, but they are still a hunting terrier. This means that Glens have a high prey drive and might mistake domestic pets for prey (e.g., cats, rats, gerbils, etc.).Though if properly trained and commonsense applied this is not a problem as the Glen is highly intelligent and is quite easily trained.When hunting they must work mute to ground as they are a strong dog not a sounding terrier.

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