Dog breeds: Glen of Imaal Terrier

Dog breeds: Glen of Imaal Terrier

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Origin, classification and history

Origin: Ireland.
F.C.I classification: Group 3 - terrier.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier has been present in County Wicklow in Ireland since ancient times, and more precisely in the Imaal valley, from which it takes its name, where it is still widespread. It is mainly bred by farmers and hunters, who use it for badger hunting. We do not have much documentation on the formation of this breed. This dog has been much mentioned in the hunting chronicles of many centuries ago. It is not known exactly which breeds contributed to the breed, but it is supposed to derive from the cross between the "Dandie Dinmont terrier" and the "Dachshund". But the hypothesis may be credible and even more valid according to some is that the Glen of Imaal is an indigenous breed of Ireland. In addition to hunting, the Glen was also used for dog fights until abolition. The name of the breed literally means "ravine terrier or Imaal gorge". The breed was officially recognized by Ireland in 1933. it was recognized by the F.C.I. in 1975, after the recognition also of the English Kennel Club.

General aspect

Small-sized dog with a semi-long coat. He is a very strong, responsive and low-limbed dog. His gait must be loose, not hopping like a horse, which allows movement without effort. It has an elongated, powerful trunk. He has a broad head and a strong muzzle. It is covered with bristly hair, quite long. Among Irish terriers this is the only one with short legs.


It has a great temper. He is very agile, quick in movement, combative. He stands out for his indomitable courage. It is a very stubborn breed. However, he can be lovable and very docile, both with the owner and with the people with whom he has confidence. It is a breed that, even if it loves to be outdoors, it can very well be kept in the house or apartment. It is also suitable for being with children. Quite resistant to adverse climates, given that it originates in Ireland where the climate is not the best.

Glen of Imaal Terrier (photo

Glen of Imaal Terrier (photo


Height: maximum 35.6 cm at the withers.
- males about 15.9 kg
- females a little less.

Trunk: high and long chest; trunk longer than tall. The loins must be robust, well marked ribs, without being barrel or flat.
Head and muzzle: of good width, quite long and with pronounced stop it tapers towards the nose.
Truffle: large and black.
Teeth: must be healthy, solid and of good size. Powerful jaws.
Neck: muscular, of moderate length.
Ears: rose or semi-erect, they are not large. Completely drooping or completely erect they are to be penalized.
Eyes: brown in color, they are well spaced. Light eyes are to be penalized.
Limbs: the anterior ones have a great importance, they must be short and of strong skeleton. The chest appears wide, powerful and prominent between the limbs. The feet must be compact and round. Powerful, well muscled hindquarters, with good thighs and a good curvature of the grassella. The hocks must not be turned outwards or inwards.
Shoulder: well oblique backwards.
Pace: loose and not hopping.
Musculature: excellent development.
Tail: must be robust at its base, well attached and carried cheerfully.
Hair: semi-long, rough texture, with soft undercoat; it must be equalized in such a way that the dog has a clear profile.
Allowed colors: blue, but without turning to black. Light to reddish golden wheat. Masks darken with age.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, puny dog, badly worn ears, colors not allowed by the standard, incorrect movement, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, non-standard measures, defective rear end, depigmented truffle, light eyes.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: William Break a Leg, Glen of Imaal Terrier (August 2022).