Glen of Imaal Terrier
A large dog in a small format.
Although we do not know exactly when their history began, there is no doubt the Glen of Imaal Terrier is a breed that goes back centuries.
They were originally used as farm dogs in the Glen of Imaal valley in Ireland. Their tasks were to keep properties free of intruders, such as rats, foxes, and badgers.
Glen of Imaal Terriers is versatile companion dogs.
Today "Glen" are great companion dogs with a vibrant personality and desired qualities. They are very affectionate and loyal to their owners, and thanks to their versatility it is possible to use a "glen" for a variety of practices.
Some choose to use them in dog sports, such as agility and obedience, while others use them when hunting.
Glen of Imaal Terrier is active, fast, independent, brave, hardworking, and not least friendly (also towards children).
A fairly quiet terrier
While many other terrier breeds are known to make a lot of noise, these are relatively quiet dogs. When they bark, many are surprised at how dark and deep their bark can be.
Their past as rat and mouse fighters has given them exceptional digging skills. They hunted these animals by digging for them.
How much activity do they need?
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a medium activity drive. They are not the most demanding breed, but it is still important to give them daily walks and mental stimuli.
Dog sports are excellent activities where they get an outlet for their energy.
Important to be aware of
The strong hunting instinct can be problematic if you own other animals, especially small animals.
A Glen of Imaal Terrier loves to chase cats, hamsters, and rabbits. It is simply in their nature to chase them.
They love to chill in the garden, but be aware that they might dig some holes. A secured fence is necessary as they will dig themselves out if they get the sense of a small animal they can chase.
The ‘Glen’ can get along well with other pets if introduced from an early age.
The Glen of Imaal terrier are generally healthy dogs, but like all other breeds, they can be affected by diseases and other health problems.
For their part, this primarily applies to eye diseases, including progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
Healthy individuals have an average life expectancy of 10-14 years.