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Glen of Imaal Terrier
A Glen of Imaal Terrier puppy
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The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a breed of dog of the terrier category. It originates in Wicklow, Ireland, and was developed as a working terrier, proficient in
badger-drawing and hunting of fox. When Elizabeth I was having
problems in Ireland she hired French and Hessian soldiers to go and solve the
problem; they settled in the Wicklow area in the Glen of Imaal.
They brought with them their low slung hounds which they bred with
the Irish terrier stock developing the Glen of Imaal Terrier as a
general working dog, used for herding and eradicating vermin,
especially fox and badger.
The Glen of Imaal is classified as a medium-sized dog. When full
grown, the average Glen of Imaal weighs approximately 16 kg
(35 lbs) and stands 35.5 cm (14 in) tall at the withers. The breed has a
medium-length double coat harsh on top and soft below the breed
also does not moult the coat is wheaten, blue, or brindle in colour. Glen's have a large head and
short, bowed legs with a raised topline. The Glen of Imaal puppies
have black "hi-lights" in their fur. Eventually, the black will
fade and their full wheaten coat will come in. The breed is also
slow to mature taking up to 4 yrs it goes though 3 growing stages
before reaching maturity.
Generally very strong and healthy, the breed can be prone to
progressive retinal atrophy, a disease of the eyes in a very small
number of cases, and may possibly have heart problems though only
one recorded case.It is also a breed which requires a low protein
diet after the age of 12 months.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier, though normally docile, can sometimes
be aggressive if provoked. There have been no reported serious
injuries caused by the breed, but they are still a hunting terrier.
This means that Glens have a high prey drive and might mistake
domestic pets for prey (e.g., cats, rats, gerbils, etc.).Though if
properly trained and commonsense applied this is not a problem as
the Glen is highly intelligent and is quite easily trained.When
hunting they must work mute to ground as they are a strong dog not
a sounding terrier.
Adult Glen of Imaal Terrier