The Glen of Imaal Terrier is tough, active and agile. This breed is hardy and game with their terrier background. Glen of Imaal Terriers easily adapt to a domestic environment and make loyal, intelligent pets. They are usually calm indoors and rarely bark. Training can be difficult at times with their stubborn and dominant nature. Glen of Imaal Terriers get on well with children but need to be socialized with household pets at an early age to prevent difficulties. Glen of Imaal Terriers can be dominant towards other dogs and wary of strangers.
The coat of Glen of Imaal Terriers needs to be stripped twice yearly. Show dogs require more attention. Excess hair between the pads of the feet and in the ear canals need to be trimmed.
Glen of Imaal Terriers will adapt themselves to family activities for their exercise needs.
This small terrier got it's name from the Irish Glen of Imaal in the County of Wicklow, which is where it came from. Glen of Imaal Terriers were used for hunting badgers, foxes, otters and rats and it has been claimed that they were also used for fighting.
General Appearance: Laid-back expression, rough and friendly.
Color: Brindle, blue or wheaten.
Coat: The outercoat is harsh and of medium length and the undercoat is soft. The coat is normally untrimmed, unless being shown.
Tail: Carried gaily and may or may not be docked.
Ears: Small, either rose-shaped or half pricked when alert. They are never fully erect or dropped.
Body: The body is long and back rises slightly to the strong loin. The well boned forelegs must be bowed and the compact forefeet may turn slightly out.
- The Glen of Imaal Terrier is relatively common within Ireland, but it is not spread widely around the world.