The Glen of Imaal Terrier makes the perfect pet for anyone that desires an active terrier, yet knows when to slow down and relax. These adorable little dogs are courageous and spirited, yet calm and easy-going. They are easy to train and enjoy learning new tricks.
The Glen is one of the most playful members of the Terrier Group, and always on the lookout for new friends. They are friendly towards other dogs and pets in the house, and equally nice towards strange people. Not the most dependable of watchdogs that you might expect from a terrier, the Glen of Imaal Terrier makes up for it in love and affection.
A Brief History Of The Glen of Imaal Terrier
Ireland is not only known for its lush vistas and fabled leprechauns, this country is also the home of an important member of the Terrier Group – the Glen of Imaal Terrier. The Glen was the type of dog needed to work various tasks in the harshness land of the Glen area, which was rough and full of rocks.
So how did these feisty little terriers earn their keep? They did so by being focused hunters, going after rats, badgers, and fox. At night these dogs were also the center of entertainment and wagering bets for the men, as fighters against one another. Women also used these terriers during the day as turnspit dogs, turning wheals to help with making food and clothing.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier was left alone as far as breeding was concerned, keeping their bloodline preserved and its natural traits in place. The breed was recognized in 1934 by the Irish Kennel Club and during the 1980s had started to become popular in the United States. In 2001, the AKC officially recognized the Glen of Imaal Terrier as a member of the Miscellaneous class , then moving into the Terrier Group in 2004.
Upkeep Requirements For The Glen of Imaal Terrier
The Glen is a dog of perfect size: small enough to carry around anywhere you go, yet large enough to enjoy all of the fun activities with the family. They thrive on human companionship and never seem to get enough playtime in. Therefore, daily exercise and fun games with your Glen Terrier is a must.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is at home in just about any climate so long as the temperatures do not reach extreme cold or high heat. They have a higher tolerance for cooler weather. These dogs should not live outside, but at the same time have plenty of time to roam in a safe area. They tend not to wander when walking off-leash. Grooming requirements call for a good brushing about two times weekly and a full stripping two to three times per year.
The average lifespan of the Glen of Imaal Terrier is between ten and fourteen years. The only major health concern that runs common in the breed is PRA. Minor issues include CHD. Veterinarians suggest that these dogs get specifically tested for eye and hip problems.