Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen De Imaal Irish Terrier is a breed originating from Ireland. One of the characteristic features of the breed is its square body and short legs. In addition, they are hardy and active dogs, but also affectionate and familiar.

General details

The breed has a small to medium size, with a weight ranging from 11 to 24 kilograms, and a height ranging from 35 to 38 centimeters. Its life expectancy is 10 to 15 years. The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier belongs to Group 3 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Terriers.

Breed history in brief

This breed of dog originated in County Wicklow (Ireland) in about 1600. Queen Elizabeth at that time gave land in this county to Flemish soldiers who helped defeat the Irish rebellion. The soldiers brought with them Flemish dogs that were later bred with local Hounds and Terriers, giving rise to the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier that we know today. The functions of these dogs were diverse, they even worked in the kitchen. The breed was on the verge of extinction until, in the 1920s, it was revived thanks to the efforts of Irish breeders.

Breed characteristics

The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is scruffy, with a characteristic square body and very short legs. It has a broad head with ears that fold forward. The eyes are medium sized, brown in color and round in shape. Its tail is usually docked and carried gaily. The coat of this dog breed is medium length and coarse. Accepted colors are wheaten, blue or brindle. Regarding the temperament of this breed, they are usually lively and intelligent animals. They are calm, loyal and affectionate dogs that need attention from their family. They may be hostile to other dogs, but this can be avoided with a good and early socialization.

Common health problems

The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) of OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) recommends an ophthalmological examination starting at the age of 2 years, as well as a series of tests to assess the following diseases: hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and elbow dysplasia.

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