Glen Of Imaal Terrier

History

The Glen of Imaal Terrier hails from the Wicklow area of Ireland. It is believed that mercenaries arriving in Ireland during the late 1500’s took dogs with them, and these dogs subsequently bred with the local terriers to produce the breed. They were mainly used to catch vermin such as foxes, badgers and rats. They rarely barked which made them ideal stealth hunters in the dens and burrows of these animals. They are usually referred to as Glens or Glennies, and sometimes as the Wicklow Terrier. The breed had almost died out until breeding began again in the 1900s. They are still a rare breed.

Behaviour

The Glennie is an active, gentle and loving breed. They are much more docile than other terrier types. They are tolerant and affectionate towards children and will make a good addition to any family. They are an energetic and tenacious breed but will be quite happy to just cuddle up next to you and doze off. Unlike some other breeds, they don’t demand constant attention but they will be happier if you are somewhere nearby. They are generally good with strangers and even other dogs if socialised properly from a young age. As mentioned before they don’t bark much and will only let one out if they really feel the need to. They have a deep bark, one that you’d associate with a much larger dog. Whilst they can be scrappy and playful, they rarely initiate any fights, but if they do find themselves in one they will not back down. This is a common trait for terriers. They can make good watchdogs, but like most terriers they have a strong independent streak and will need a strong willed owner in order to train them. They learn quickly and are an intelligent breed.

Glennies need a fair amount of daily exercise, but one long walk a day should suit them. Recall training is important in these dogs and their natural instincts to hunt prey can sometimes override their common sense. They are master diggers, owners should consider investing in a sandpit if they don't want their garden dug up. They are an inquisitive and playful breed and are seemingly able to entertain themselves, but adore playing with children. They do well in agility competitions and as therapy dogs.

The Glen of Imaal has a dense coat that needs stripping a few times a year, plus brushing a couple of times a week. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is a congenital disorder which can affect the breed. Tests are available and should routinely be carried out by the breeder. Other than that, Glennies are a very healthy, long lived, breed.

Temperament

This breed has a brave and inquisitive temperament. Bred to hunt Badger they are not afraid of anything and are always up for adventure. They are sweet little dogs that fit right into family life. Their strong hunting instincts means they cannot be trusted with small animals such as (hamsters, rabbits etc.) and should only be kept with cats who can assert their dominance over the dog.

Health Problems

Glen of Imaal Terriers may be prone to canine hip dysplasia (CHD) and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA: breakdown of retina that can lead to blindness).

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years
  • Weight: 30 - 40 pounds
  • Height: 12 - 13"
  • Rare: Yes
  • Coat: Medium
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Town or Country: Country
  • Minimum Home Size: Small House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
  • Breed Type: Pest Control Dog
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour

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