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Irish Glen Imaal Terrier

Irish Glen Imaal Terrier
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Origin / History The Irish Glen Imaal Terrier is a breed that is named after the Glen of Imaal, which is located in County Wicklow, Ireland. It was in 1933 that the Irish Glen was first entered in an Irish dog show. Like many other powerful terriers, this breed has been developed to track down and kill animals that live in the ground, such as badgers and foxes. Dogs of this breed even participated in timed trials against badgers to test their abilities, until these kinds of events were forbidden in 1966. Unlike other terriers such as Fox Terriers and Lakeland Terriers, Irish Glen Imaal Terriers are able to work silently. Today, Irish Glens are used mostly as companions, although they can still hunt vermin. With some training, they can be used for hunting badgers and foxes. This breed is still relatively rare in the United States.

Appearance Irish Glen Imaal Terriers are sturdy dogs that look similar to Welsh Corgis, which are short-legged dogs with a long body. Irish Glens have front legs that are slightly bowed. Their undercoat is soft and dense, and they have a rough outer coat. These dogs have a strong and broad chest, and a powerful head with a distinct stop. Their muzzle is tapered and their nose is black in colour. These dogs have ears that may be half rose-shaped or half-pricked. The round eyes of these dogs are chestnut in colour. They have teeth that meet in a scissors bite, and their coat is medium-length, shaggy and harsh.

Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include shades of red, as well as brindle, blue or wheaten

Temperament Dogs of this breed are spirited and tough when they are hunting. At home, they are calm and mild-mannered. Although intelligent, these dogs are considered late bloomers. They are gentle, loyal and patient with their family. They also like being near their owners and can get along well with children. They are feisty with other animals, but they may be trained to be good with other canines. Male dogs of this breed have a tendency to be more dog-aggressive than females. Unlike other dogs, Irish Glens adapt well to changes of owner.

Height and Weight Irish Glen Imaal Terriers are 14 inches tall and about 34 to 36 pounds heavy

Common Health Problems There are no health problems that are specific to this breed. The ailments affecting these dogs are those common to all other dog breeds.

Living Conditions These dogs are moderately active indoors and can be kept inside apartments. They will do well even without a yard, but owners should still make sure that these dogs get sufficient exercise. When the weather isn't too harsh, Irish Glen Imaal Terriers can sleep outside. They do, however, prefer to sleep indoors.

Exercise Requirements Play sessions make great exercise for these dogs, but as with other breeds, play alone will not satisfy their primal instinct to walk. Owners should take these dogs out for walks on a daily basis. Not being provided with daily walks may make these dogs more susceptible to developing behaviour problems.

Training Requirements Being eager to learn, these dogs respond well to obedience training. Owners should train these dogs consistently, and play sessions must always be included. Although fairly easy to train, Irish Glens may try to exert their dominance over humans, so owners must know how to display strong leadership skills.

Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs is approximately 13 to 14 years.

Grooming These dogs are easy to groom, but they do need stripping twice each year. Owners need to cut the hair under the tail, and the hair in the ears needs to be plucked on a regular basis. The hair between the pads of these dogs' feet also needs to be removed. Dogs of this breed that are meant for the show ring need more grooming.

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