Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog Breed Introduction:
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is and old and rare breed from the mountainous areas and farmlands of Ireland. It is so rare in fact that only between 600 and 700 are registered in the United States. The Imaal is one of four terrier breeds from Ireland and they are probably the least well-known. They are sometimes confused for Welsh Corgi, mainly due to size and profile, but they have a look, particularly in the face that separates them from that breed. Check out Cute Puppies For Sale’s full Dog Breeder Directory to identify a Breeder with Glen of Imaal Terrier Puppies for sale close by.
Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog Breed Origins and History:
Their name is directly from the Glen (small village) of Imaal in the county of Wicklow, Ireland. Developed around the same time though separately, the Glen of Imaal and it’s Irish brethren, the Soft Coated Wheaten, the Irish and the Kerry Blue Terrier were created to rid farms and homes of common pests. They also were made to hunt fox and badger (which they are well known for). The breed stayed in relative obscurity, known only to those that had and loved them and kept the breed in their families for generations. It wasn’t until dog shows began in the area that the dog started to receive recognition. They received Irish Kennel Club recognition in 1934.
An interesting historical note was the dogs use helping meal preparation. The dogs worked a turn-spit. Essentially their short legs were used to turn rotisserie wheels for hours to help evenly cook meat prepared for family meals. By the 1970 the breed had made its way to the UK, where Glen of Imaal Terrier puppies gained some popularity. Over the last 20-30 years the breed has slowly established itself in the United States and received AKC recognition in 2004. The breed still hunts and is very likely to be found on farms, ridding home and farm alike from small vermin and being loyal and happy companions to their owners and family.
Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog Breed Appearance:
Glen of Imaal Terrier puppies show right off the bat that, though medium in size the Imaal has a stocky build. They have a body like that of the Welsh Corgi, but a face like that of a shortened traditional Irish Terrier. They have broad skulls with a strong muzzle that tapers towards their black nose. Eyes are close-set,round and medium sized and almost always brown. Legs are bowed and strong-boned. The Imaal has a double coat that is medium in length. The undercoat is soft and the overcoat is harsh. Colors are blue, brindle or wheaten. Glen of Imaal Terrier puppies often have black tips to their fur which will lessen as they age. The breed is about 14 inches at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 30-40 pounds.
Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog Breed Temperament:
The Imaal is an interesting contrast. They are intelligent and easy to train yet slow to matures. This means that they will learn proper behavior fairly quickly, but may make the mistakes of a puppy longer than other breeds. Training must be consistent and patient. Your Glen of Imaal Terrier puppy is all about the tone of your voice. Work with them early and often to avoid any behavioral issues, like willfulness, Small Dog Syndrome, aggressiveness or the hunting or rooting out of smaller pets. In general small pets aren’t a good idea, though the Imaal can be taught to leave them alone over time, their hunting instincts make it difficult. You will find the breed to energetic, happy and entirely devoted to their families. When not on the job or hunting they are very laid back, but when they are in action they are surprisingly strong, resilient and focused. They learn well for show or obedience. They enjoy learning new things in general. See Cute Puppies For Sale’s thorough Dog Breed Index to locate an Glen of Imaal Terrier Puppies for Sale from reputable breeders near you.
Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog Breed Mortality and Health:
The Imaals have a small rate of hip dysplasia, so that is something to watch for and be aware of. PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) is an issue the breed suffers from. PRA is an inherited degenerative eye disease. Most breeds can be tested for this trait. Glen Imaals are sensitive/allergic to fleas as well, so take treatment of fleas very seriously and maintain it. As with any other breed, regular veterinary check-ups are essentially to maintaining a happy and healthy puppy. The average life expectancy of the breed is about 14 years.
Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog Breed Overview:
We hope that this information on the breed has helped you in your search or decision to find Glen Imaal Terrier Puppies for sale. The breed is unique and rare in most parts of the world and is versatile enough to fit almost any family that has a time and willingness to work with this intelligent, loving and energetic “late-bloomer”. We are confident that will be a valued addition to any experienced dog owning family. Cute Puppies For Sale’s extensive Dog Breed Directory to locate Glen of Imaal Terrier Breeders in your state.