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Glen of Imaal Terrier Breed Summary

Energetic, Intelligent, High-Spirited, Gentle and Relaxed

These little Terriers are native to Ireland and although once a very popular breed, they have since decreased in numbers, so much so that they are now on the Kennel Club's list of vulnerable breeds.

However, they have very lovely personalities and being calm, gentle but playful, it means that they are very good around children as well as potentially other doggies as well! For this reason they make great pets!

Fun Facts: They are descendants of Irish Wolfhounds.

Kennel Club Group Terrier
Lifespan 10 - 14 years
Height (at the withers) 30 - 36 cm at the withers
Weight 16 kg
Coat Coats are Medium in Length. The Outercoat is Harsh and the Undercoat is Softer.
Colour Blue, Blue Brindle, Brindle, Wheaten
Eye colour Brown Eyes
Common health issues Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), GPRA/crd3, Hip dysplasia, Atopy, Skin Allergies
Other Names Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier, Wicklow Terrier, Glen, Glennie

Glen of Imaal Terriers are known for their really energy for life! They are extremely high-spirited but also very gentle with 'hoomans'. Unlike other terriers, they are also a lot quieter, which is due to them previously being bred as 'silent' hunters. However, because they are hunters, they have a very large prey drive, so it would probably not be best to bring these little doggies into a house with other small pets such as hamsters and cats! However, after a long day of playing and chasing, they can be very relaxed and are more than happy to chill out with their family. For the right family they make lovely pets and have the potential to provide you with years of happiness!

These doggies, originally bred in Ireland, were used to hunt and control vermin. It's often though the breed were developed as a result of settlers crossing their own doggie with local breeds. However, the first recording of a Glen of Imaal Terrier was in a book entitled 'The Noble Art of Venerie and Hunting' in 1575. It's thought they were probably developed to create a doggy that was high-spirited and performed duties and tasks to the best of their ability. Originally, they were also called 'Wicklow Terriers', as this is the name of the valley that they were bred in! However, it wasn't until 1978 that these doggies started to resemble how they look nowadays, after an Irish Wolfhound was thought to have mated with local terriers. Although very popular in Ireland, it wasn't until 1982 that they were first exhibited in England. Nowadays, these guys are a little less popular than their other Terrier cousins and often you will need to be put on a waiting list if interested in one of these little guys!