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AKC Meet the Breeds: Glen of Imaal Terrier

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a rough-and-ready working terrier that is the least known of the four terrier breeds native to Ireland. Longer than tall and sporting a harsh coat of medium length, the Glen is very much a big dog on short legs. The Glen is the only terrier breed of Ireland not defined by a single color. Acceptable colors for the breed are various shades of wheaten, blue and brindle.

A Look Back
Initially bred to rid the home and farm of vermin and hunt badger and fox, these rugged dogs also had a unique task for which they were expressly designed to perform -- they were turnspit dogs. The turnspit was a large wheel, which, when paddled by the dog, would turn a spit over the hearth -- a canine propelled rotisserie. Today's Glens are very much the same as the Glens that worked the lowlands of County Wicklow 100 years ago, with very little refinement or influence by fashion.

Right Breed for You?
When working, the Glen is active, agile, silent, and intent upon its game; otherwise, he can be a docile companion for families with older children. A real terrier of considerable substance and temperament, this breed is a harsh-coated breed that requires stripping twice a year. Hair should also be removed from under the tail, the ears, and from between the pads.

  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 2004.
  • Ranging from 12 1/2 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Fox hunter, vermin chaser.

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