Like many dogs from the group of terriers, the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is an old breed that just has been neglected for many years. It is rather a regional dog who doesn't go beyond the limits of the desert area off Glen Imaal in the southeast of Ireland. This breed has helped the villagers from this poor region since the 16th century. It has often been used for fighting dogs as a local sport - custom that no longer exists. It was also used for hunting foxes and badgers and to protect homes from infestation of mice.
Before being recognized by the Irish Kennel Club in 1933, this breed is supposed to go through rigorous testing and has become very strong and durable. Today it is recognized by the FCI and almost all kennel clubs worldwide.
The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is a medium sized dog, but exudes great strength and seemed to look larger. The best way to describe it is with the expression "a big dog in a little body." The skull is wide and long. The nose is black, the jaw is strong. The eyes are medium sized, brown, round and apart. If the eyes are bright, it means that it is not pure bred. The ears are small and straight when the attention of the dog is exacerbated. When in rest, his ears are fitting back. The neck is muscular. The chest is broad and strong. The tail is short, thick at the top. It has a tradition of small tails to be cut in half. The long tail is accepted in countries where the law prohibits the cutting of the tail. The legs are strong, muscular, and the paws are dense with rounded pads. The coat is acute, medium length. Coloration is a silvery blue, but not to black. It may be the color of wheat or copper-red with shades. Some puppies can be born blue, yellowish or reddish.
Dimensions: between 26 and 35.5 cm high and about 14 to 16 kg in weight.
Character and behavior
This is an active, playful, obedient and sweet dog. Sometimes difficult to understand with dogs of the same sex, but it depends on training. This terrier does not want to constantly pay attention to him, but if you want to want to play with it, it will never miss such an opportunity.
Training and education
Easy to train, because it is intelligent and loves to learn. The key to making the education easier is to keep it interesting and fresh; do not bore your pet with repetitive commands.
It is not a good guard dog, because it can not scare anyone. It is an energetic animal and can succeed in different sports.
If you're looking for puppies for sale of this breed, it is better to find a trusted breeder that will provide health clearances of both parents. For these terriers, you should see certificates from the OFA for von Willebrand's disease, elbow and hip dysplasia,, You can always check the health clearances online.
Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is prone to eye problems that causes a loss of vision and in later stages - blindness.
The average life duration of an Irish Glen is 13-14 years.
Grooming and care
You should brush the hair of your Glen at least 4-5 times a week to keep the coat in good condition. This dog could live in an apartment, but should go several times daily for long walks, otherwise it can develop behavior problems. These terriers will enjoy a nice noisy outdoor play in a safe place or in the courtyard.
Children and others pets
This is an ideal companion for families with children. Coexists well with small kids and loves to play with them. Because of its hunting instinct should not be left alone with small animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.
After the Council of Europe adopted the European Convention for the protection of pets, there are countries like France and Belgium, which have banned the cutting of the tail, except when required for medical reasons. This decision ended the history of Glens with short tails.