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Glen of Imaal Terrier

General Description

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a strong, independent dog breed named for the remote valley in Ireland where he originated. Bred to hunt fox and badger, and to keep homes free of rodents, the Glen is a skilled and cunning hunter. He's also an affectionate family dog, gentle and loving with his people.

General Health

Glen of Imaal Terriers are a bit more likely than other dogs to have this condition. PRA is not painful, but also not curable. In dogs with the bad gene, early symptoms such as night blindness or dilated pupils generally begin around three to five years of age.

Hereditary Illnesses

Some Glen of Imaal Terriers inherit a heart condition known as aortic stenosis. This disease causes a partial obstruction of blood flow as it leaves the heart, which means the heart must work harder to pump enough blood.

Character and Temperament

Loyal, Active, Agile, Spirited, Gentle, Courageous

Food

No special requirements

Exercise

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is less excitable than many terrier breeds but it still requires a good bit of daily exercise. This breed needs a daily walk and it will also appreciate some active playtime during the day. If this breed is not properly exercised it is likely to develop behavioural problems.

Grooming

The Glen of Imaal Terrier, a small- to medium-sized breed, has a medium-length, rough, double-layered coat that doesn't require too much grooming. Weekly brushing and occasional baths are all that is necessary.

Origin

The Glen of Imaal is a remote valley in Ireland's Wicklow Mountains, and also the origin of this hardy, intelligent, and friendly terrier. Legend has it that the breed is the result of crossing native Irish dogs with the hounds of Flemish and lowland soldiers sent to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth I in the 1570s.

Stats

Average Dog Size

11-15

Average Dog Weight

35

Average Life Expectancy

12-15


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