Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier Overview

Like the name suggests, the Glen of Imaal Terrier hails from the Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland. There was need for a dog that was as rugged as the terrain, that could climb rocks and sneak into small spaces to hunt vermin such as badgers, foxes and rats. The Glen of Imaal Terrier fits the bill perfectly, offering a boisterous, spirited dog that bravely gets the job done, all with a smile on his face.

Glen of Imaal Terrier Characteristics

The breed is a small terrier, similar in appearance to Norwich and Norfolk terriers. He has a wheaten coat, but may also have a blue or brindle coloration. They are active and spirited, and do tasks happily, including the historical task of turning a meat-spit to cook meat over an open fire.

Glen of Imaal Terrier Temperament

Spirited and sometimes stubborn, the Glen of Imaal Terrier makes a great people pet. However, his instinctive nature to hunt all things looking like vermin means he can’t be trusted around small pets. He may also be prone to digging in the yard, if he feels there is something worth catching underneath. They make a great family pet if no other pets are involved, and loves all people including children.

Glen of Imaal Terrier Care

Glen of Imaal Terriers live on average 12 to 14 years, slightly less average than other dogs their size. Their most common health complaint is skin issues, including frequent skin allergies. Proper care of the skin and treatment of allergies is key to keeping the coat and skin healthy and preventing hot spots or other sores on the skin from appearing.

Glen of Imaal Terrier Coat

The wiry coat of the breed is relatively easy to care for with regular brushing. The coat including the ears and toes should be trimmed to keep them in order and prevent burrs and mats from embedding. Stripping or professional grooming is also beneficial to keep this dog from acquiring a shaggy look.

Glen of Imaal Terrier Training

Glen of Imaal Terriers can be stubborn. Getting them to do what an owner wants requires making the dog think that it is what he wants, too. He is very smart, however, so if he can be bothered to be interested in learning, he picks things up quickly. Socialization at an early age is also important to keep him sociable, with people and larger pets.

Glen of Imaal Terrier Activity

Glen of Imaal Terriers are a very active breed and do best with activities that let them show off their instinctive prey drives. Daily activities or sessions of hard play are enough to tire him out, making him content to stay indoors with his loved family.