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Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog

Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog

glen-of-imaal terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a sturdy dog that resembles the Welsh Corgi in that it is low to the ground with short legs. The head is in proportion to the body. The skull is broad and slightly domed, tapering toward the eyes. The muzzle is strong, tapering toward the black nose. The stop is pronounced. The teeth meet in a level or scissors bite. The round, medium-sized eyes are brown. The ears are half-pricked or rose. They are wide-set on the back of the top outer edge of the head, held on the back of the head when the dog is alert. The bowed legs are short and well boned. The tail has a strong base and is either docked or left natural. When docked it is cut to about half its length. Note: docking tails is illegal in most parts of Europe. The harsh coat is medium length with a soft undercoat. Coat colors include wheaten from cream silver to blue and brindle (light blue, dark blue and/or tan).


The Glen of Imaal is a spirited, brave, patient and devoted little dog. Mellow and gentle with the family, it is vigorous and unyielding when hunting; otherwise mild-mannered and calm indoors. It is intelligent, but also a late bloomer, taking longer to mature than the average dog. It is sensitive to the tone of one’s voice and will not listen if it senses that it are stronger minded than its owner, however it will also not respond well to harsh discipline. Owners need to be calm, yet possess an air of natural authority. Do not allow this dog to develop Small Dog Syndrome. If it senses the owners are meek or passive it will become stubborn, pushy, and dominating as it will believe it needs to run the home. If under exercised it will become rambunctious. These loyal dogs make fine family pets. Playful and good with children. Should not be trusted alone with small animals due to their hunting instincts. Use caution around pets such as hamsters, rabbits and mice. With proper leadership and human to canine communication they can get along well with other dogs. They can live with cats if the cats are able to establish their dominance over the dog. The rules of the home should be made clear and stuck to.

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