General Information

Dog NameGlen of Imaal Terrier
Other NamesIrish Glenn of Imaal Terrier
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeTerrier
Breed ForHunting small animals
Country of OriginIreland

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span15
Min Ideal Weight for male16
Max Ideal Weight for male16
Min Ideal Weight for female14
Max Ideal Weight for male16


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentSpirited, Bold, Friendly
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyLow
Dog FriendlyLow
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginIreland
Nicknames and Other NamesIrish Glenn of Imaal Terrier
Wicklow Terrier
Glennie, Glen
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupTerrier Group
Bred ForEradicating fox, otter, badger
and other animals
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, UKC, ANKC, CKC, KC
Life Span10-15 years
Ideal Weight32-40 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height12.5-14 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeMedium length outer coat of
harsh texture, and soft undercoat
Common ColorsWheaten
Blue Brindle
AvailabilityMildly available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToSkye Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier is a medium-sized dog that was developed in Ireland. They look somewhat similar to Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier.

Glen of Imaal Terrier possess great strength, not so believable for that low-slung dog. They are small dogs with an attitude of a big dog, also known as a big dog in a small package.

Glen of Imaal Terrier is longer than tall with a harsh, shaggy coat. The head is well-balanced and proportionate to the overall body. The eyes are small and wide in brown color and the ears are half pricked or rose and throws back when they are alert. Their tail is halfway docked and is strong, medium-sized.

Origin and History

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is originated in Ireland from the remote and rocky valley, Glen of Imaal in mountainous County Wicklow. They were mixed of the French hounds with local Irish dogs and Glen of Imaal Terrier was developed. They were bred as a multi-purpose hunter who used to hunt badgers and foxes and also gets the house rid of rodents.

The Irish Kennel Club gave full recognition of Glen of Imaal Terrier in 1934 and the American Kennel Club recognized Glen of Imaal Terrier in 2004 and registered under the Terrier group.

Is Glen of Imaal Terrier Child-Friendly?

Glen of Imaal Terrier is a child-friendly dog who adores children and loves to be their playmates. They are kind to children but as they are strong dog, they can play rough and sometimes unknowingly injure small children. Therefore, supervision is necessary to avoid any kind of rough playing.

Glen of Imaal Terrier is child friendly
A child Hugging Glen of Imaal Terrier.
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Temperament, Behavior and Personality

Temperament: Glen of Imaal Terrier is of gentle and spirited temperament. They are energetic who needs moderate exercise to keep themselves healthy. They are loving, gentle and also protect their family from any threats if they have to. Glen of Imaal Terrier gets well with other pets and can tolerate them but if some fight arises they are not backing up.

Behavior: Glen of Imaal Terrier is not much of a barker but they will be very vocal if they sense any harm or danger to his territory or people, they tend to bark with a deep voice. They are heavy diggers and if left in the garden or a yard alone, they will dig the whole area. To avoid this kind of behavior, they should be properly supervised.

Personality: Glen of Imaal Terrier is of bold, strong, and fearless personality. They are docile and a happy dog who loves the company of their family and love to spend time with them. Glen of Imaal Terrier is protective of them and can take any steps to protect them from harm.


Glen of Imaal Terrier is a lively dog which makes training hard as they need constant fun and entertainment. Train them with consistency, firm leadership, and patient. Do not be harsh on them as they might get scared and will not be able to focus on the training. Reward them with treats and praises as they complete a task for motivation and encouragement.


  • Glen of Imaal Terrier ranks 180 of 193 AKC registered breed as of March 2019.
  • The average life span of Glen of Imaal Terrier is between 10-12 years.
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier has a high prey drive.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesAllergies, Eye Problem, Hypothyroidism,
Skin Irritation, Thrombopathia,
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Vaccination RequiredCanine Parvovirus, Rabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus Leptospirosis
SheddingNone to Minimal Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%
Fat: 12%
Fish Oil

Glen of Imaal Terrier is usually a healthy breed with a possible heredity health problem. They are also prone to some of the canine health condition which is as follows:

  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a disease that is caused due to the dislocation of the joints due to undeveloped of the hip joints. It causes great pain and makes it hard for your dog to move from one place to another.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy: It is a health problem that affects the eye. PRA causes a slow loss of vision and may even lead to blindness. The symptoms can be seen from the age of 5 years.


Glen of Imaal Terrier comes in the following colors:

  • Blue Brindle
  • Wheatne


Cost: The average cost of a Glen of Imaal Terrier is between $500-$1000. However, if you consider adopting, It usually cost $300 with all the expenses of taking care of the puppy.

Size: The average height of a Glen of Imaal Terrier is 12.5- 15 inches. The average weight is between 32-40 pounds.

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