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Glen Of Imaal Terrier


Illustration of Glen Of Imaal Terrier

One of the native Irish Breeds, the Glen of Imaal was developed as a badger hunter in the glen in County Wicklow from which it takes its name. A terrier of this type had been known in that locality since the 17th century: low to ground, fearless and tenacious, strong and substantial – these qualities are seen in the modern breed.

The Glen was recognised by the Irish Kennel Club at Dublin's St Patrick's Day show in 1934 where they were shown in Any Variety and gained breed classes at the same show in 1935.

In Ireland, until the banning of badger trials in 1966, the Glen had to obtain a working certificate to prove its courage and gameness, before it could achieve the title of Champion – to ensure that the working characteristics of the breed were being maintained.

It is thought that the Glen might share its ancestry with the Soft Coated Wheaten, Kerry and Irish Terriers.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.

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