Considered to be the most ancient of the Irish Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terrier owes its origin to Glen of Imaal, a region south-east of Knockanarrigan in County Wicklow, Ireland. The terrier was developed as a game working dog for destroying vermin. The breed was registered by Irish Kennel Club in the year 1933.
A medium sized working terrier, the Glen of Imaal Terrier has a strong head with dark, round eyes, rose or half-pricked ears, black eyes, strong jaws and strong, well muscled hindquarters. An average Glen of Imaal is 13 inches tall and weighs 35 pounds. The medium length coat is normally wheaten, brindle or blue in color.
Blue Brindle, Wheaten
Glen of Imaal Terrier is a sensitive breed, thus training should be consistent. Absence of proper socialization could make the breed aggressive. The breed makes an excellent companion and can be affectionate and easy-going. Glens are friendly with children and prefer to stay close to its owners. Glen of Imaal Terrier is popular for its traits including ruggedness, versatility and intelligence.
Normally a healthy breed, the Glen of Imaal Terrier has an average life expectancy of 13 – 14 years. The breed is prone to health conditions like hip dysplasia, eye and skin problems.