Glen of Imaal Terrier

Breed origin: Ireland
Original purpose: To perform the traditional terrier tasks of ridding the house and larder of vermin and hunting fox and badger, but also to perform a most unique task on the turnspit. The turnspit was a large wheel, which either hung from the ceiling, or balanced on a trestle-like device on the floor, and to it was connected a pulley that was in turn connected to a rotisserie-like device over the hearth. The dog was put into the wheel, and when the dog began to paddle away, voila, dinner was cooked over the fire.

AKC recognized: 2004
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: 32 to 40 lbs
Size: Height: 12½ to 14 inches
Color: Wheaten, blue or brindle.

General characteristics/temperament: The Glen of Imaal Terrier is active, agile, hardy, courageous, gentle, and docile. They are generally less easily excited than other terriers, and are normally docile unless provoked. They are superb earthdogs and loyal companions. They typically have a strong prey drive and will require secure fencing. Many Glens love water, but because of their heavy bodies and very short legs, most are not strong swimmers and must be kept away from swimming pools. Most Glens adore children, but they are very strong and can knock over small children accidentally.

Good with children? Yes

Good with cats? No

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

OK in apartments? Yes

Good jogging partner? No

Suitable canine sports/activities: earthdog, agility

Grooming requirement: Brush thoroughly once or twice weekly. The neck, back, tail, and ears should be stripped every six to nine months. Bathing softens the coat and should be avoided unless necessary.

Known health problems: Progressive retinal atrophy, heart conditions, hip dysplasia, allergies.

Recommended books for further reading:

Glen of Imaal Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Mary Brytowski
Published in 2003
158 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Glen of Imaal Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page

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