Scruffy and sturdy, Glen of Imaal Terriers pack a lot of personality into a terrier frame. (And that's saying a lot. We're talking terriers, after all.) This breed got its start on the farms and hunting fields of Ireland — they're named for a valley in the Wicklow Mountains. Nowadays, these dogs work as family pets and companions.
Originally from Ireland, this medium-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 32-40 pounds and lives an average of 10-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Terrier group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Hunting, Companion
Breed Group: Terrier
Average Lifespan: 10-15 years
Bark Factor: Rarely barks, if ever
AKC RANKING n/a
AREA OF ORIGIN Ireland
DATE OF ORIGIN Indigenous
ORIGINAL FUNCTION All-around farm dog, vermin hunting, turnspit dog
TODAY'S FUNCTION Companion, earthdog, farm dog
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 12.5 - 14 Weight: 35
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 12.5 - 14 Weight: <35
OTHER NAME Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Shy
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangers Friendly
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability Low
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Low tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Glen of Imaal Terriers are gentle, playful, and affectionate. With socialization and supervision, your Glen of Imaal Terrier will get along with children and other dogs, but they're not the best choice for homes with cats or other small pets.
WHAT IS GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
This is a strong, scrappy, and spirited breed. Your Glen of Imaal Terrier won't need to run for miles every day, but plan for daily walks and games. They do like to romp, dig, and explore.
Though brave, they are not particularly vigilant or protective. Glen of Imaal Terriers are quiet for terriers.
They're not the best dog park citizens, as they have a tendency to chase and harry other dogs. Their strong prey drive makes them poor candidates for off-leash play outside a well-fenced area. However, Glen of Imaal Terriers are great competitors in a number of dog sports, including earthdog events, agility, tracking, rally, obedience, and coursing ability.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER?
Glen of Imaal Terriers are a biddable breed. Start early and be patient and consistent with your pup. Like many smarty pups, these dogs can get bored with repetition, so mix it up and keep your furry friend on his toes.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
A Glen of Imaal Terriers have a harsh, medium-length, wiry double coat. The undercoat is soft.
Glen of Imaal Terriers are seasonal shedders who don't require much in the way of grooming. Plan for weekly brushing, occasional clipping, and baths as needed. If you're planning to show this dog, schedule hand-stripping every six months. Otherwise, home haircuts and trimming between the paws and under the tail and ears should do the trick.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIERS HAVE?
Glen of Imaal Terriers are an overall healthy breed. Some develop eye ailments or hip dysplasia.
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ARE GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIERS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Glen of Imaal Terriers among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and allergy-aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, so they produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog like a Glen of Imaal Terrier! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT'S A GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER'S BEST DAY?
Relandscaping your backyard followed by a good hour of petting is your Glen of Imaal Terrier's dream come true.
SHOULD I ADOPT A GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER?
Glen of Imaal Terriers are a manageable size, don't have exhaustive daily exercise routines, and are not very prone to barking, so this breed is a solid choice for apartment and city dwellers. They don't mind the cold, but they droop in the heat. With enough activity, these fluffballs enjoy cuddling at your feet and keeping you company around the house. They don't need much grooming, and they're quick learners. The Glen of Imaal Terrier would be a natural fit in any number of households.
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