The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a breed of dog of the terrier category and one of four Irish terrier breeds. It is sometimes called the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier or the Wicklow Terrier, and the name of the breed is often shortened by fanciers to just Glen.
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The Glen of Imaal is actually a place in Ireland. "Glen" is another word for a narrow valley, and the Glen of Imaal is a valley in Ireland's Wicklow Mountains, which are located south of Dublin. This is where the Glen of Imaal Terrier developed.
The breed was developed as a multi-purpose hunter, and was used to hunt fox and badger and rid the home of rodents. Because of his tenacious spirit, he was also used in organized dogfights. One of his most interesting jobs was the role of spit dog, in which the dog worked a treadmill-like contraption that powered the rotation of a cooking spit.
3) Irish Rebelion Dog
When the Irish rebelled against British rule in 1570, Queen Elizabeth sent Flemish and lowland soldiers to crush the rebellion. In exchange for their services, Elizabeth gave the soldiers land to settle in the Glen of Imaal. These soldiers brought their hound dogs with them, and before long, their hounds were breeding with native Irish dogs. These crosses produced the modern Glen of Imaal Terrier.
Appearance & Grooming of the Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog Breed: The average Glen of Imaal Terrier stands 12.5 to 14 inches high and weighs between 34 and 36 pounds. Their coat should be brushed on a weekly basis and hand stripped by a professional groomer twice a year.
5) Dwarf Bread
Probably the first thing you notice about the low-to-the-ground, rough-and-tumble Glen of Imaal Terrier is its proportions. Why the shorter legs and bigger body? Well, the Glen is achondroplastic, which means a dwarf breed. This causes the front legs to bend around the chest and the feet to turn out a little.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog Breed has a personality and temperament that is energetic and brave. Unlike many terriers the Glen of Imaal Terrier does not bark unnecessarily, and it is usually calm within the home. They do require early socialization and consistent training or they will develop small dog syndrome.
7) Food for Thought
Like the other terriers of Ireland, Glens were and are excellent hunters and vermin killers. However, it is also frequently written that they were “turnspit dogs.” Short-legged, muscular dogs with great endurance were said to have trotted along in the turnspit’s wheel, turning meat over a fire to cook. Perhaps this is nothing but Irish lore, yet it is a unique job among canines for which the Glen would have been anatomically well-suited.
8) The All-important Coat
Most breeds who were developed to work in severe climates, including the terriers, have double coats. The Wheaten, on the other hand, has a long, soft, wavy single coat that covers his whole body and head and flows when the dog moves. The warm golden color is also distinctive, but it takes time to lighten. Puppies are typically reddish brown, and the coat can take as long as three years to mature to its adult texture and classic wheaten color.
Caring for a Glen of Imaal Terrier is fairly straightforward. This breed is hearty, with very few health problems associated by breed, but the ears must be groomed regularly, with excess hairs removed to prevent buildup that can lead to infection. The softer undercoat does not mat or tangle quickly. However, an occasional brushing will keep the coat clean and healthy and prevent the coat from getting unruly. Shampooing the coat may soften it to the touch, but many enthusiasts of this breed prefer the natural coarseness of the Glen's coat.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has always been a rare breed, but their numbers dwindled down to almost nothing during World War II. By the early 1970s, the breed had bounced back, thanks to the efforts of dedicated breeders. In the 1980s, fanciers in the United States began to take an interest in the breed.