Originating from a secluded corner of Ireland, the Glen of Imaal Terriers have kept their unusual identity for centuries. Without the efforts of breeders and preservationists, this rare breed stands to lose the very traits that make them unique. Help us protect Glens’ distinctive features. Let’s save the ancient Glen of Imaal Terrier from being turned into a modern breed by overzealous alteration!
Once upon a time, there was a secluded valley in Ireland’s Wicklow County. There, in the dense fog covering the mountains, is where the history of the Glen of Imaal Terriers begins.
Commonly known as Wicklow Terriers or Irish Glens, these spirited dogs are referred to by one name – Glens. And they are NOT a new breed … they are a rare breed.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier looks impressive. He’ll win your heart with his large head, soulful eyes, expressive ears, and short-legged swagger.
But don’t be fooled by the cute and cuddly exterior. Glens have held on to their working dog persona, so get ready for one unusual personality!
Just like their rough and sturdy exterior, Glen of Imaal Terriers are strong and healthy on the inside too. It is said, “they live until they die,” which means old age is the main cause of death for this vigorous dog breed.
When it comes to grooming, you’ve hit the jackpot with the Glens! They have a harsh double coat, and they don’t shed or smell. Compared to most dog breeds, Glens are low-maintenance and don’t bark as much. If you want to help your Glen live a long and comfortable life, here are a few health and grooming tips you need to know.
Substance and strength, these are the two words a Glen of Imaal dog should inspire at first glance. In other words, the Glen should hold onto his antique features, leaving the distinct impression he can do the job he was initially bred for.
But as a newly-recognized breed, how many of Glen’s unique features are considered essential by the current standards?
A passionate animal lover, reproductive specialist, and committed dog breeder, Dr Theresa Nesbitt found true love the first time she set her eyes on a Glen of Imaal Terrier in County Wicklow Ireland. Without a shadow of a doubt, the nearly human expression and old-fashioned charm is what made her give her heart to this rare breed.
For Theresa, Glens are not just a breed of dog but a reminder of how important it is to preserve and protect some of the qualities that make Ireland the land of myth and magic. In stark contrast to the new “designer dogs,” Glen of Imaal Terriers are an old but relatively unknown breed. Theresa has made it her mission to see that nothing and no one changes the distinctive features that make Glen of Imaal Terriers a truly special breed.
Four generations of Glens in County Wicklow Ireland displayed by Nick and Ann White of Abberann: Buster, Rosie, Cormac, Ava, Homer and Tiger.
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