Glen of Imaal Terrier
(aka: Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier, Wicklow Terrier)
The coat of the Glen of Imaal Terrier is harsh and weather resistant, and he also has a softer undercoat. The coloring of the breed can be blue, blue brindle, or wheaten. Although small to medium in size, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is a sturdy and robust looking dog with agility, power, and strength. He has a sweet face and an alert and curious expression. The weight of the Glen of Imaal Terrier is around 35 pounds, and the height around 13-14 inches.
Glen of Imaal Terrier Temperament
A determined and courageous breed when called for, the Glen of Imaal Terrier has a generally calm and gentle disposition, and is an intelligent dog that is quick to learn and eager to please. These dogs can be very willful and independent, and this makes them best suited to those with some experience when it comes to owning dogs. Spirited and energetic, this is a dog that loves to play and enjoys a range of activities, and is not for those that are looking for a dog that requires minimal exercise. Although he is loving and loyal to his owners the Glen of Imaal Terrier is not an overly demanding breed. He will bark to raise an alarm if something seems amiss, and this makes the Glen of Imaal Terrier an effective watchdog.
This breed gets along well with children, but is best suited to older children. Early socialization is needed when it comes to other pets such as cats, as they can be cat chasers. They can also be aggressive with other dogs and should not be trusted around smaller animals such as rodents and rabbits. When it comes to strangers, the Glen of Imaal Terrier tends to be polite and sometimes reserved. The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a very inquisitive streak too, and care should be taken not to let him off the leash in an area that is not secured with fencing.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has moderate needs when it comes to grooming, and you will need to brush his coat around twice weekly, and his beard should be cleaned daily for hygiene reasons. You should also trim the hair around his bottom for hygiene reasons. Every few months show dogs will need to have the dead coat stripped, and pet dogs may need to have the coat clipped. The ears should be checked regularly to reduce the risk of infections. The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a low shedder, and may therefore be suitable for those with allergies.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier originates from Ireland, and is related to a number of other terriers, including the Irish Terrier and the Kerry Blue Terrier. These hardy little working dogs were bred to hunt out vermin, badgers, and foxes. The breed was registered with the AKC in 2004.
Glen of Imaal Terrier's are eager to learn and intelligent. This breed can be quite willful and attempt to dominate their owner. The Glen of Imaal Terrier is extremely sensitive to correction. Early socialization and obedience training must always be done with fairness, respect, and consistency.
The life expectancy of the Glen of Imaal Terrier is around 12-15 years, and there are a few health problems linked to the breed, although this is generally a hardy and healthy breed. Some of the health problems to keep an eye out for are HD and PRA. The parents of the Glen of Imaal Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.