(Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier)The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a short dog that is often compared to a Norfolk Terrier or a Corgi but is still a unique and wonderful dog. To start off this breed has a round head with an always friendly and cheerful expression. Its large eyes can melt any animal lover with that innocent look. Sitting on top of their small head are two tiny ears which fold over. To lead away from their perky face is a short neck. A long round body is what gives them the Corgi appearance, as well as short chubby legs. The fur covering this adorable breed is shaggy and can be lots of colors; most common are shades of red, but it can also be brindle, blue, or wheaten.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a smart and playful dog but they can also be very stubborn. Family is the main focus of this breed; pleasing the family and spending time with the family is all that is wanted by this dog. Often this breed is aggressive with other dogs and small animals but friendly with children and strangers. Training comes easily to this breed but a stubborn nature can often get them in trouble.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a healthy breed with no common health problems. This breed has an approximate life expectancy of 13-14 years.
This breed is genetically prone to progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). This is an inherited condition that causes affected dogs to gradually lose their site. It is recommended that you buy from a breeder who screens for this defect.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier’s origins have been lost in history. What is known is that the dog’s name comes from a place in Ireland where this dog is believed to have gained popularity and possibly originated. The first public showing of the breed in Ireland in 1933 but few people have seen one in the United States where it remains relatively fair. Although originally a hunting dog, like most terriers he has become more of a companion animal in recent years.
Grooming is fairly simple for this breed except for a few little special grooming needs. Brushing should be done occasionally but baths are needed very rarely. However, trimming of the hair between the pads, under the tail, and in the ears is needed regularly. Stripping should be done about two times a year also. Exercise is pretty simple. With a yard, running off leash will make them happy but otherwise a walk a couple times a week and fun play sessions will keep them happy and calm indoors.
Many families would be much happier with the addition of a Glen of Imaal Terrier but not all. They are great with all people but not good with small animals and often not with dogs. However, with training they can get along well with other dogs. Fun and playful with a mind of its own, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is stubborn but makes a wonderful family pet. An apartment or house will feel like the best place to be if this breed is around their family.
If you're having problems training your dog or getting control, you should read our review of DogProblems.com. Adam will do whatever it takes to help you whip your dog into shape. I've used them to help with my Great Dane as well as help friends train their dogs. It's the first place I go to help answer users Questions. Many training issues are too extensive to answer in this forum, which is why I refer a lot of the load to his site.
Update: I've been using and recommending DogProblems for three years now. I, as well as my users, value the techniques we've learned. I get weekly emails from users who have become better owners from the information they received.