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Glen of Imaal Terrier


The Glen of Imaal terrier originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland. Though it is unknown what breeds made up this unique pup, we are able to tell you that they were used for hunting small wild animals both above and below ground.


The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a small to medium sized breed dog with males and females measuring up to 14 inches in height and weighing up to 35 pounds in weight. This breed has a small, wedge shaped head that forms into a narrow muzzle with a scissor bite. Their ears are medium in size, triangular in shape and generally folded alongside of their face. Their two eyes are large, oval in shape and generally a dark brown to black in color. Their general body build is extremely low to the ground, lean and rectangular in shape. Their tail is long in length, thick and tapers to a point at the end; generally carried down and out. This breed has a double layer coat that is medium in length, wiry to the touch and available in wheaten, cream, all shade variations of cream, silver and all shade variations of silver, and brindle.


The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a very lively, expressive, active Terrier breed who is a natural hunter at heart. As with all Terrier types, this breed requires a firm and confident owner who is able to remain pack leader at all times and set early rules and boundaries. This breed does not do well with non-canine pets, due to their natural instinct to hunt. This breed can do well with other dogs, however usually attempts to gain pack leader status due to being a small terrier. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended. This breed needs a daily job and task to do in order to remain calm and happy. Daily physical and mental exercises is a requirement for owning a Glen of Imaal Terrier. This breed is excellent with tricks, commands, watchdog, hunting and companionship. This breed is known for barking very little.


This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathe when needed. Professional grooming is recommended at least twice a year.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Glen of Imaal Terrier prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to make a life long commitment both physically and financially for your new family member. This breed requires a properly fenced in yard or properly fitting harness and leash while outdoors at all times for their safety due to their natural instinct to track scents and follow. This breed is prone to flea allergies and eye issues. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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