AKC PuppyFinder: Glen of Imaal Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Gentler, less excitable than most terriers, but still bold and spirited
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; By no means a frantic dog, but Glens do like intense play, digging, and exploring
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 12.5-14 inches
  • Weight: 32-40 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-15 years
  • Barking Level: Quiet
Breed Description
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Originating in an isolated valley in County Wicklow, Ireland, you may not often meet a Glen of Imaal Terrier. Once you do, however, he'll melt your heart. This scruffy, no-frills working dog is both irresistibly cute and all terrier: vigorous, agile and brave. Bred to hunt vermin, he also excels at dog sports like agility, rally, coursing and tracking. Glen of Imaal Terrier puppies are quick learners and respond well to training. He's gentler than most terriers and makes a loving family dog.

History & Job
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Origin: Ireland

Year Recognized: 2004

Breed History & Job Description: Glens are tough terriers from tough country, the remote and rocky Glen of Imaal in mountainous County Wicklow. Old-time farmers worked hard to scratch a living from the desolate landscape, and their dogs were expected to work just as hard. Glens were developed as badger hunters, but they also did various odd jobs around the farm. Glens carry the nickname “Turnspit Dog” because, according to some, they were used in kitchens to run in a hamster-wheel contraption that turned meat over an open fire.

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Glen of Imaal Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease such as cone rod dystrophy. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Glen of Imaal Terriers are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Glen of Imaal Terrier Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.glens.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 188
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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