Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier originated in Ireland and was bred to hunt badgers, foxes, and rodents. They are related to the Irish Terrier, Wheaten Terrier, and Kerry Blue Terrier. Their name comes from the region in Ireland from which they began to be bred. These dogs were used in pit fights that owners and gamblers alike would bet on. The Glen of Imaal was also used for manual labor in a wheel shaped contraption that they would run in. As they ran the machine would slowly spin a long rod that would sear meat like an old age rotisserie!

These dogs have a shaggy coat and a long athletic body. The Glen of Imaal has a disproportionate body that is longer than it is tall. This breed has large ears that prick half way up as well as a rectangular shaped muzzle that is very powerful. Their tail is naturally long but is docked for show purposes. These dogs slightly resemble the Welsh Corgi in body shape and the West Highland White Terrier in facial expression.

This breed is a lively, playful, exuberant dog that has a bit of a stubborn streak. They are devoted to their owners and the family but will be less welcoming of new people to the household. Upon a couple of meetings, this breed will warm up and become much friendlier. The Glen of Imaal will make perfect family dogs as they adore children! This breed will be suitable in an environment that has no other pets because they are not as outgoing with other dogs and consider smaller animals such as cats, hamsters, rabbits etc. prey and will chase these.

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