Breed Group: Terrier
Weight: 34-36 lbs
Height: 14 inches
Color(s): Brindle, blue, and wheaten.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier breed is an Irish breed and quite rare in the United States. Originally bred as working dogs, this breed was used to rid the farm and home of vermin, as well as hunt fox and badger. The Glen of Imaal Terrier's were also designed to perform the unique task of turning a rotisserie over the hearth.
A medium-sized breed, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is resilient and hardy. Commonly referred to as a "big dog on short legs", this breed's low to the ground conformation makes it an excellent earthdog. Glen of Imaal Terrier's possess a stroic demeanor and are silent workers.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a loving, loyal companion and adept hunter. This breed is not recommended for homes with small children. They do not do well with other dogs or small pets. Although silent when working, Glen of Imaal Terrier's will alert their family to danger and for this reason make adept watchdogs. They thrive on human companionship but are not demanding of attention. The Glen of Imaal Terrier breed is brave, stubborn, and spunky but also displays calmness and patience.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is quite easy to groom. Bi-yearly stripping of the coat is required. The paw pads should be kept trimmed and the excess hair in the ears plucked out regularly. Due to the rarity of this breed and limited intervention of breeders, this breed has no known health issues.
A double coat breed, the outer coat is harsh in texture, shaggy, and of medium length. The undercoat is soft and dense. Glen of Imaal Terrier's shed little to no hair.
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 Glen of Imaal Terrier breed is suitable for both apartment and rural living. They enjoy daily walks but must always be securely leashed. They also enjoy free play in a securely fenced yard. However, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is prone to digging, so fencing must be buried deeply underground. They make excellent travel companions as they enjoy going for car rides.
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