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Glen Of Imaal Terrier

Glen Of Imaal Terrier

Glen Of Imaal Terrier: 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.

Glen Of Imaal Terrier General appearance

Medium sized with medium-length coat, great strength with impression of maximum substance for the size of dog. Body longer than high.

Glen Of Imaal Terrier Characteristics

Active, agile and silent when working. Native of County Wicklow and named after the Glen of Imaal.


Game and spirited with great courage when called upon, otherwise gentle and docile.

Head and skull

Of good width and fair length with powerful foreface. Muzzle to taper towards nose. Well-defined stop. Nose black.


Brown, medium size, round and set well apart. Light eyes undesirable.


Small, rose or half pricked when alert, thrown back when in repose. Full drop or prick undesirable.


Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth of good size.


Very muscular and of moderate length.


Shoulders broad, muscular and well laid back. Forelegs short, well boned and slightly bowed.


Deep and of medium length, slightly longer than height at withers. Well-sprung ribs with neither flat nor barrel appearance. Chest wide and strong. Topline slightly rising to a strong loin.


Strong, well muscled, with good thighs and good bend of stifle. Hocks turned neither in nor out.


Compact and strong with rounded pads. Front feet to turn out slightly from pastern.


Docking previously optional.

Docked: Strong at root. Well set on and carried gaily.

Undocked: Strong at root. Well set on and carried gaily. In overall balance with rest of the dog.


Free in action. Covers the ground effortlessly with good drive behind.


Medium length, of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Coat may be tidied to present a neat outline.


Blue, brindle and wheaten (all shades).


35-36 cms (14 ins) at the shoulder is maximum height for dogs and bitches.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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