Glen of Imaal Terrier


A tough, strongly built terrier with a huge personality. Highly people orientated and sociable, with great enthusiasm and zest for life. Not aggressive, but will stand ground if challenged and are tenacious. They still have a very strong prey drive.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: High. 1.5 hours per day or more. This is a sturdy breed with good energy and will need at least one good daily walk. They will catapult you out of the door in their enthusiasm. Long hikes are possible after puppyhood. Be careful outdoors as they have a high prey drive.

Size: 14-15 inches

Weight: 35lbs

Colour: Creams, tans, wheaten, brindle, sometimes tinged with blue

Town or Country: Both, but great in Country

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Country dwelling, active outdoorsy families with older children, or singles and couples, who relish the idea of doing fun, stimulating and energetic things with their dog, and have the strength of character to deal with any stubbornness. Possible for first time owners if they are strong minded and prepared for a challenge.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: South East Ireland, around 1575

Original Purpose: Working. Hunting badgers, foxes and estate vermin

Living Space: Medium – they don’t take up much space indoors. A good sized securely fenced garden is an advantage.

Coat: Medium, long, dense, and wavy.

Grooming: High. Is ‘hairy’! Coat grows to about 3 inches and then needs to be stripped. Must be stripped about twice a year. Also needs regular brushing and combing to prevent matting.

Children: Great with older children (7/8 years upwards) who will keep it entertained. Loves children but due to its robust build can be too rough and heavy for toddlers.

Sociability with strangers: High – the Glen adores people and will great enthusiastically.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Medium to low. Must be socialised early to avoid problems. Should not be homed with small pets including cats due to strong prey drive. Can be possessive and dominant with other dogs in and outside the home.

Trainability: Medium. The breed has a very stubborn streak and socialisation and training should be started when they are puppies and continued into adulthood. Requires a firm alpha pack leader.

Noise Level: Low. A Glen will bark when it needs to alert you to something important and has a large voice, but they were trained to work silently.

Known Health Issues: Very tough and hardy. Ask about any signs of Late Onset PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) in breed lines. Can get skin/flea irritations without proper grooming.

Lifespan: 13-15 years

Special Needs: A strong owner    Send article as PDF