Also known as the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is an intelligent and loyal breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.
The origin of the Glen of Imaal Terrier can be traced back to 16th century Ireland, when Flemish and Lowland soldiers were hired to settle the Glen of Imaal. Enthusiasts believe the breed to have descended from the ancient Basset Fauve de Bretagne and various Irish breeds, though this has never been proven scientifically or otherwise.
Throughout its history, the Glen of Imaal Terrier has been most commonly used for hunting and killing small vermin such as rats and snakes and even for running a turnspit, an ancient cooking device.
The breed made its United States debut in the 1930’s, and the Glen of Imaal Terrier Club of America was formed in 1986.
Today, while the Glen of Imaal Terrier has attained an underground popularity, the breed remains rather rare outside of its native Ireland.
Best known for its feisty and spunky nature, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is full of character. This breed is highly intelligent, yet overly confident and independent, causing difficulty in training. These dogs are loyal and obedient, yet adventurous and excitable. As a pet, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is loving, sweet, and affectionate.
Due to its independent and confident attitude, the Glen of Imaal Terrier can prove somewhat challenging to train. With ongoing training, this breed is capable of learning to perform most any task.
Establishing immediate dominance and trust is key to successfully training the Glen of Imaal Terrier. This breed responds best to a gentle yet stern approach by a confident, patient, and experienced handler.
Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed
There are many benefits to owning a Glen of Imaal Terrier. These dogs are highly active and often quite entertaining to watch when at play. When properly socialized, the Glen of Imaal Terrier gets along with small children and other pets. This breed loves to hunt and kill small vermin such as mice, rats, snakes, chipmunks, and opossums. These dogs are loyal, loving, and affectionate, making excellent family pets and companions alike.
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning a Glen of Imaal Terrier. This energetic breed requires large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. A Glen of Imaal Terrier not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a strong instinct to hunt and will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, these dogs are rather quick and may pose a threat to other animals, neighborhood pets, and small woodland creatures. The Glen of Imaal Terrier must be leashed or properly secured at all times when outdoors.
This breed’s impressive coat requires almost constant attention, brushing, and grooming to maintain its attractive appearance.
As previously mentioned, the Glen of Imaal Terrier remains rather rare outside of its native Ireland and can prove difficult to obtain. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.
Common Health Concerns
While the Glen of Imaal Terrier is generally known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: progressive retinal atrophy, aortic stenosis – narrowing of the aortic valve, obesity, and arthritis.
Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own a Glen of Imaal Terrier? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.