The Glen of Imaal dog is small in size but with large ideas and thoughts. This deep thinker dog is spirited, courageous and inquisitive but realistically playful, energetic and ever-ready for jobs or games. Once satisfied by their physical exertion, they stay bonded with owner, enjoy cuddling and make them pleased. The Glen is good natured and gentle with older children but may get snappish towards young kids when irritating with childish rough play. Most of them are dog aggressive while violent to cats. They remain sensitive to surrounding while curious and watchful towards strangers. This breed is stubborn and independent but barks seldom.
The Glen of Imaal is a small and sturdy working terrier. Longer in length than in height, they are quite rectangular-proportioned; the legs are noticeably short as compared to rest of the body. Its medium-length coat is harsh with various shades of wheaten, brindle and blue colors. This substantial terrier is alert, dignified and keen in expressions. The trot is brisk, easygoing and flowing with good reach and drive.
The origin of this dog is not clear but still believed to be Irish descent. The small hunter of vermin and badger or foxes, the Glen of Imaal breed was developed for houses and farms. A noticeable application was turnspit dog in which the dog had to turn a split over the rotisseries. This breed made its way to open public in 1933 in a dog show. Some of them were also put to fight with badgers which usually end in death of any one of them; however this game was banned in 1966. The Glen was officially recognized by AKC in 2004 and still found rare in United States. The breed retains its working ability as 100 years ago but with slight fashion and style till to date.
The Glen of Imaal is a high spirited, fearless, patient, brave, devoted and loyal breed. Sociable to family life, they are mellow and gentle towards all members; they get along well with older children but need governance with young kids. The Glens are aggressive to other dogs, a little more furious to cats. They need to be introduced with all pets from their early age. The inquisitive and suspicious attitude towards strangers is used to form them effective watchdogs and guardians.
This intelligent breed is average in training responses; they offer challenges when dealt harshly as they tend to stubborn and a little boisterous when mishandled. The breed is late bloomer; they usually take three years to get matured. The Glens are sensitive to the tone of persons and may not respond to rowdy voices. Owner should not take any chance to build small dog syndrome in them. Remember human is always the leader of the house and are posted above the dog in pack order. Owner should exercise the authoritative control over dog to keep them submissive and responsive. The dog does not bark without reason however tends to dig.
This breed is willing to take part in almost all activities of the family. Being small enough, they can be taken anywhere without any problem of space. The dog does very well in inclement weathers but hot weather is little challenging for him. They are family oriented dogs and will afford living inside or outdoors as long as they are with their peoples. The Glen needs adequate amount of exercises to stay calm, tranquil and satisfied. They would never be hesitating in joining playful games, long walks and jogging. Hunting instinct, good scent detection and chasing craze would surely tempt them to escape and chase their interests, so never trust them off leashed. Place them in fenced yard with opening to home to share indoor and outdoor lifestyle. These small dogs need care while playing near ponds or lakes as they are not good swimmers. The dog although sheds but needs less efforts for grooming.
Owner Should Know
The Glens need 30 minutes of extensive physical business to satisfy. Walking, running and dog games are suitable for its exercise activities.
This dog usually pursue its prey underground, they need a portion of yard to dig. This digging opportunity would satisfy their exercise requirements as well as the instinct of digging.
Always supervise your kids; the rambunctious Glens may knock over young kids while playing.
The Glens are not barking dogs but can go for it with deep voice if any threat towards its family is felt.
The breed is aggressive to other dogs and cats, they need early socialization. Preferably all pets should be grown together to establish harmony among them.
The breed is champion digger, speedy chaser and driven by prey scents, so keep them in an enclosed area or on-leash when you are not governing their activities.
The dog is found rare; one may have to wait for a long time to get a puppy.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.