Glen Of Imaal Terrier - Information and NZ Breed Standards

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Glen Of Imaal Terrier

General Information - Glen Of Imaal Terrier



13-15 years




Watchdog ability:

Protection ability:
very low

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Original Function:
Badger and fox hunting


The Glen of Imaal Terrier is an Irish dog of unknown origins. It is named for the Glen of Imaal, in County Wicklow, Ireland. The Glen was first presented publicly at an Irish dog show in 1933. Like many similarly built low-to-the-ground, powerful terriers, he was bred to hunt and kill animals living in the ground such as foxes and badgers. The dog would go into the animal's den to drag it out. Glen of Imaal Terriers were even pitted in timed trials against live badgers to test their gameness until such events were banned. Unlike Lakeland Terriers and Fox Terriers, the Glen of Imaal is supposed to work silently. It may also have been used for dog fighting entertainment and to turn spits cooking meats over a fire by trotting on a treadmill for hours at a time. This spunky little terrier serves mostly as a companion dog today, but he can still catch vermin.


The Glen of Imaal is a spirited and cocky little dog. Tough and game when hunting, otherwise mild-mannered and calm indoors. They are intelligent, but also late bloomers. Very brave, stubborn and rambunctious. It is patient, loyal, peaceful and gentle with the family. These excessively devoted dogs like to be near their owners and make fine family pets. They are playful and excellent with children. These dogs will bark if they detect danger but will rarely bark without a reason. They are sensitive to correction. Training should always be consistent with some play in every session. They respond well to obedience training and can be taught to retrieve. Glens are keen to learn, but they sometimes try to dominate and can be stubborn.


The Glen must have daily exercise. It will do much to exercise itself given the room, but it profits from a good walk on leash, a vigorous play session or an off-lead outing in a safe area. This breed can live outdoors in a temperate to warm climate, but it does better as an indoor dog with access to a secure yard. The Glen is easy to groom, but it does require stripping twice a year. Cut under the tail with scissors as needed. The hair in the ears should be plucked out regularly and the hair between the pads of the feet should also be removed. Show dogs require a lot more grooming. This breed sheds little to no hair.

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