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Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a robust, medium sized dog with a great deal of substance and strength. The body is longer than it is tall, but this is still an active and agile dog. Attractively furnished with full beard, heavy eyebrows and jaunty, half-pricked ears, the coat is of medium length and a harsh texture.

10 – 14 years
14 – 16kg
35 – 36cm
Comes in blue, brindle and all shades of wheaten
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Glen of Imaal Terrier breed is prone to:
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Eye screening scheme
- DNA testing for progressive retinal atrophy which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to develop this condition


The Glen of Imaal is very much a loveable rogue, adoring with family, and highly interested in joining them in any activity, no matter how unhelpful that may be. Good with children and other animals as long as introduced properly, socialised well from an early age and treated with respect. Easily motivated with the use of food rewards and toys, but training will also require persistence and clever thinking, along with the development of a solid relationship based on trust and respect. You’ll need to earn a Glen of Imaal’s respect by being consistent and kind, and they will not tolerate rough or domineering handling.

Vet Rating

History and Origins

Ideal Owner

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Glen of Imaal Terriers

Training Glen of Imaal Terriers

Suitability for Family Life

Did You Know?

  • Glen of Imaal Terriers come from the Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland.
  • As well as being used to eradicate all kinds of vermin, including fox, badger, otter and rat, they can herd cattle and sheep, and were used as a turnspit dog, to run in a wheel connected to the spit, turning the meat over the fire.
  • The Glen is an achondroplastic dwarf – this means they have short limbs, but a longer body and large head. Effectively, a big dog on smaller legs.
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