The Glen of Imaal Terrier is small purebred dog that is easy to love and live with. These dogs are spirited and full of pluck. They are resilient and hardy dogs.

Glen of Imaal Terriers come from County Wicklow, Ireland. They were used a farm dogs – to guard and work livestock but also to hunt. One of the interesting legends is that Glens were used as a turnspit dog. A turnspit, a large wheel which when paddled by the dog would turn a spit over a hearth.

These terriers were recognized by the Irish Kennel Club in 1934 and the AKC in October in 2004.

Glens are short legged, low to the ground with a long body. Their front legs bow with their front feet turning out. They have a tapered nuzzle, ears that are half-pricked or half- rose shape, black nose, round chestnut eyes and docked tail.

Their rough medium outer coat is lined with a soft dense undercoat. Their coats colors are: blue, red, brindle or white. They are a low shedding dog.

Weight: 39-40 pounds
Height: 14”
Life span: 10-13 years

Characteristics and Temperament

  • Gentle
  • Intelligent
  • Loyal
  • Versatility
  • Patient
  • Rugged
  • Friendly
  • Tough when hunting but otherwise mild-mannered

Glen of Imaal Terriers make good family pets, playful and excellent with children. These dogs are thinking dogs, they understand quickly what their owners want and love to please. They do not demand constant attention. Glens love to play but can sit calmly and wait patiently for attention.

These dogs do okay in an apartment but do need daily walks. They do alright without a yard but do enjoy a large fenced in yard to play in.

Glens of Imaal Terriers require consistent and firm training since they can be stubborn. They are sensitive to correction but respond to obedience training by using positive reinforcement like pat or kind words of praise. They can be trained to get along with other animals but best if raised with them. They have a keep bark abut only bark if they detect danger.

Glens have a good appetite so the food should not be abundant or rich.


Their coats will matt if it grows 3-4” and need to be brushed one or twice weekly. Use a stripping knife to remove the undercoat that’s ready to come out. Tripping should be done once or twice a year and you can do it. Just ask your breeder to show you how. Hair in their ears should be plucked regularly and hair between the pads of their feet should be removed.


Hip Dysplasia - testing should be done by responsible breeder by x-ray.
PRA ( progressive retinal atrophy) has been reported. Check eyes annually.
Skin allergies – probably the most common.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a rare breed and most breeders have a list. The Glen of Imaal Terrier Club of America provides a breeder referral service. Visit breeders and ask questions. Cost does vary by region. If you do purchase a Glenn your breeder should provide you with everything need like vet history, registrations, grooming and feeding information and a sales contract.

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