Glen of Imaal Terrier
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier emerged in Ireland and is named after a valley in the Wicklow Mountains. The Glen of Imaal Terrier is believed to have descended from dogs brought to Ireland from Flemish and Lowland settlers in the 16th century. Their dogs, consisting of harsh-coated hounds, eventually crossed with Irish hounds and terriers. The resulting Glen of Imaal Terrier was used to rid the house of vermin, hunt fox and badger, and serve as a turnspit dog.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier weighs 32 to 40 pounds and measures 12.5 to 14 inches.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a medium-length, harsh coat that sheds lightly. The Glen of Imaal Terrier should be brushed once or twice a week, bathed occasionally and hand stripped twice a year. Like all dogs, the Glen of Imaal Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is spirited, but steady.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has many of the typical terrier traits – hardy, bold and intent on whatever task is at hand. When working, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is energetic and single minded. They fear nothing and are highly alert, making them great workers, but also effective watchdogs.
Glen of Imaal Terriers are determined when they need to be, but otherwise docile and easygoing. In the home, with their family, Glen of Imaal Terriers are relaxed and happy. They like affection and attention, but do not demand either. Glen of Imaal Terriers are typically gentle and patient with children, but are best suited for homes with older kids as they can be rambunctious puppies.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is highly intelligent and learns quickly, but also bores easily. The Glen of Imaal Terrier responds best to short, varied training sessions. With enough patience and positive reinforcement, they can go on to participate in earthdog trials and agility.
As part of their training, the Glen of Imaal Terrier also needs early socialization. The Glen of Imaal Terrier can be aggressive with other dogs if not well socialized.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is moderately energetic and appreciates a good walk and play session. Their legs are too short to make them jogging companions, but Glen of Imaal Terriers nonetheless like to run around the yard and chase balls.