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Glen of Imaal Terrier
The delightful, happy and gentle Glen of Imaal Terrier is poised to be a new "fad" breed.  With its compact size, easy care coat and exceptional temperament and health, it is exactly what the American public seeks in a dog.  Unfortunately, such overnight popularity always spells the doom of a breed when irresponsible and unethical people step forward to produce the animals to fill the "demand".  Currently the supporters of the Glen of Imaal Terrier seem united in their ferocity to protect and nurture the qualities that make their breed so spectacular.  DigitalDog hopes their vigilance is rewarded and that all their puppies end up in excellent homes rather than by manipulation and deceit in the hands of irresponsible breeders.  If your desire is to enjoy the company of a Glen of Imaal Terrier (or any purebred) in your life, please take the time to find the breeder that has such a long waiting list that you will be waiting for your puppy.  If you go by that criteria alone you would likely be safe since the person with a waiting list probably doesn't breed often and the people on the list in front of you likely did their homework.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 12.5-14 inches
Weight: 25-35 pounds Longevity: high teens
Colors: brindle, blue or wheaten Coat type: rough textured, medium length outercoat and soft undercoat
Recognized Registries: FCI, IKC, UKC, NCA, AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Charming, medium sized terrier that is longer in body than tall with rough coat. Impressive by its appearance of power and its front legs are characteristically bowed.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: Gentle, docile yet quiet and intense when working, very trainable and intelligent.
  with Children: Generally good but the question becomes how good are the children with dogs?
  with other pets: Generally good but as a Terrier it may not be ideal with pets that could be considered
  with dogs: Generally good
Socialization requirements: moderately high; while the breed exhibits confidence and courage, socialization will help prevent the dog from viewing a neutral or safe situation as threatening.
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the working nature in this loving and enthusiastic personality. Also one that will not strive to over-indulge this little charmer to create a tyrant.
Temperament Notes: Happy, jaunty and generally easy going. Intensity and courage appears when working.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners at a minimum but they are also ideally suited for earthdog, agility and other dog sports
Trainer notes:

The Glen of Imaal Terrier currently enjoys a small but tenacious following and it is little surprise as this nearly forgotten breed is a delight.  From a happy attitude to remarkable intelligence they are fun to live with even if you don't intend to train them much, but start getting to work with them regardless of your choice of activity and watch them bloom.  This is definitely a contender for dogsports in the future, whether agility, obedience, rally, flyball or other activities, the fun and ease in positively training a Glen of Imaal Terrier will quickly make them a favorite among trainers.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Only in 1934 by the Irish Kennel Club but in existence for hundreds of years prior.
Country of Origin: Ireland
Original Function: Ratter/Terrier and turnspit dog (essentially they powered a rotisserie)
History: Perhaps the most ancient of the Irish Terriers, unique in its small size and power making it ideally suited for the jobs it held.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: hip dysplasia (but so few animals at this point to not be definitive), eye issues, allergies
Health Testing: CERF, OFA and/or Penn Hip
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Glen of Imaal Terriers?
  • Why do you have Glen of Imaal Terriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Glen of Imaal Terrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Glen of Imaal Terrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Glen of Imaal Terrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Glen of Imaal Terrier?
  • How do you assist or help Glen of Imaal Terriers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Glen of Imaal Terrier Rescue -Glen of Imaal Terrier Rescue Foundation

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: UKC Standard for the Glen of Imaal Terrier FCI (European or Irish Kennel Club) Standard for the Glen of Imaal Terrier - Glen of Imaal Terrier Club of America Standard

    Breeder Ethics: - Glen of Imaal Terrier Club of America Code of Ethics

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