Level: moderate - high
Function: Badger and fox hunting
Gentle, docile game, spirited
for: active people & families
Not many in Australia
35-36 cms (14")
Blue, Brindle and Wheaten (all shades).
Medium length, of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Coat may
be tidied to present a neat outline.
Appearance: Medium sized Body longer than high, short
legged. Head is a good width & fair length with powerful foreface.
Muzzle to taper towards nose. Nose black. Medium sized, round brown
eyes. Ears are small, rose shaped or half pricked when alert.
The Glen of Imaal (pronounced
E-Mahl) Terrier originated in Ireland, in the glen of Imaal of County
Wicklow. They were developed as a general purpose farm dog, to guard
and work stock, eradicate vermin, and to hunt fox, badger, otter,
For generations the farmers bred the characteristics of a large
breed into a small frame. This scrappy terrier was developed as
a game working dog to destroy vermin. They are quite fearless and
impervious to pain when working. They are one of the few breeds
of dog that is bold enough to face a badger in its den and bring
it to ground.
When not working they are a tenderhearted dog devoted to his family.
They are intelligent, quick to learn, and quick to respond, very
playful at times and do not demand constant attention from its owner.
They tend to always be aware of the whereabouts of their owners
and hate to be separated from their families. Like most terrier
breeds, a few puppies will need to be discouraged from nipping and
minimal grooming, simply give them a good brushing once a week or
so. The coat grows to 3-4 inches in length. This is a breed that
does not shed, when the hairs reach their maximum length, they will
be removed during regular grooming sessions. They do grow hair down
the ear channel and this hair needs to be plucked out regularly
or you will be troubled with ear infections.
They loves to exercise, yet they are usually calm inside the smallest
of apartments, provided they are regularly allowed to stretch their
legs. They can easily go for very long walks.
This breed does not have any known genetic disorders. Since this
a long backed breed, in considering a puppy purchase, they should
not be over long, nor sway or roach backed. The crooked front refers
to the front legs. They should turn out only slightly and should
not be exaggerated.
They like to eat and get fat easily. For Diet and other general
dog health information Health/Nutrition