Glen Of Imaal Terrier


A small to medium sized Glen of Imaal Terrier
Glen Of Imaal Terrier Quick Summary
Also Known AsThe Glen
Height (at withers)12-14in (30.5-35.5cm)
Weight35-45lbs (16-20.5kg)
Hair Colour(s)Blue
Lifespan12-15 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size3-5
Barking TendencyLow
Exercise requirements
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityLow
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if leftMedium

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a muscular, heavy-boned dog. The long body has a broad chest and shoulders with short legs, and the front feet turn outwards. The large head has small ears, tapering muzzle, a black nose and medium sized eyes. The tail is normally docked. The medium length coat is harsh and weather resistant with a softer undercoat, and the colouring tends to be blue, blue brindle or wheaten.


Glen of Imaal Terriers can vary in temperament due to the degree of variation even within the same litter. However, on the whole they are rugged, intelligent and versatile dogs with calm and gentle dispositions. They are spirited, energetic, love to play and will enjoy a wide range of activities. Although loyal and affectionate, they are not overly demanding and make great compananions and family pets. Glen of Imaal Terriers are intelligent, eager to please and quick learners but they can also be willful and independent, and so are more suited to experienced owners rather than novices. They get along well with older children but need early socialisation around other pets. They can be aggressive towards other dogs, should not be trusted around smaller animals such as rabbits and rodents, and will tend to chase cats. Around strangers their reaction can vary from polite to reserved. These are quiet, fearless and tough little dogs with no tendency towards unnecessary barking, yet they will bark to raise the alarm if something is amiss, which makes them ideal watchdogs.

History & Skills

Glen of Imaal Terriers originate from Ireland, and specifically from the Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow. These hardy little working dogs are related to several other Terrier breeds, including Kerry Blue Terriers and Irish Terriers, and were used as all-round farm dogs. Their duties could range from guarding and herding livestock, controlling vermin, hunting badgers and foxes, and even to power machinery. Although they may also have been used as fighting dogs at one time, these days they make good family dogs, and are also used as watchdogs and therapy dogs.

Breed Specific Ailments

Glen of Imaal Terriers tend to live between 12-15 years and on thw whole are a healthy and hardy breed. However, some of the health concerns associated with this breed include hip dysplasia, progressive renal atrophy and skin allergies.


Glen of Imaal Terriers are low shdders, which makes them suitable for those suffering from allergies. The coat should be brushed twice a week, and the beard should be cleaned daily for hygiene reasons. Hair around the bottom area should be kept trimmed for hygiene reasons, and the ears should be checked regularly to reduce the risk of any infections. Show dogs will need their dead coats stripping every few months. Occasional bathing may be required as these dogs have quite a strong natural body odour.

Exercise & Environment

Glen of Imaal Terriers prefer to live indoors and do not thrive in kennel environments. Suitable for both rural and urban life, they need a half-hour daily walk to prevent obesity and access to a yard or garden. These areas must be secure because they can be quite naive regarding road traffic, and any fencing should have adequate foundations because these dogs like to dig. This breed has an inquisitive streak too, and care should be taken not to let them off the leash in unsecure areas.


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