10 things you need to know to become a Glen of Imaal Terrier owner

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Owning a Glen of Imaal Terrier is no picnic. While you might see a furry buddy with intelligent eyes, there a few things you need to know about its personality and working dog past that might sway your decision. You’ve been warned: a Glen of Imaal Terrier is not for any dog lover, but owning one is a heart-warming experience you will cherish all your life!

So, here are 10 facts about the Glen of Imaal Terrier to help you make up your mind about this rare dog breed.  Not many will tell you the truth, but weare doing this having the Glen’s best interest in mind, so here’s the dog… warts and all.

A Glen of Imaal Terrier is NOT the dog for you if you’re not prepared for:

  1. A dynamic companion. Terriers are lively, energetic dogs, with a desire to run and chase. You should always be on your toes and involve your dog in many activities.
  2. The hunting instincts. You can take the Glen of Imaal Terrier out of hunting, but you can’t take the hunting out of Glens. That’s why it will chase furry wildlife, including cats or other small animals that resemble prey.
  3. Aggression towards other dogs. It’s not easy to raise multiple dogs in the same household, if one of them is a Glen. Constantly trying to challenge the alpha dog position, the Glen will pick fights with other dogs, even when you’re walking outside with your canine friend.
  4. Digging and more digging. If you have a garden and love planting flowers or produce, your Glen might ruin your dreams of having the most beautiful yard in the neighborhood.
  5. The same qualities that make a Glen of Imaal Terrier a skilled hunter are the same traits that make your dog resistant to your commands. They want to be in the dominant position and will stop at nothing to make you prove that you’re the boss. So you need lots of patience, strength of mind and consistency to train a Glen.

But don’t get discouraged! If you want a dog with…

  1. A medium size, the perfect stature for both apartments or larger homes
  2. Low-maintenance grooming. Glens don’t shed and their coat is magnificently suited for all-weather activities.
  3. Great athletic skills. If you love physical activity, lots of games and long walks, then you’ve found a partner for life!
  4. Guardian DNA. Glens are perfect watchdogs and will bravely guard your home.
  5. A love of children. Fun-loving and energetic, a Glen of Imaal Terrier is the perfect play date for your kids.

….then the Glen of Imaal Terrier is the right dog for you!


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One comment on “10 things you need to know to become a Glen of Imaal Terrier owner

  • Jane Edwards

    Got a 4 month Glen puppy. Live on a smallholder. I garden a lot. He potters round with me. Has never shown any inclination to dig – yet. Would chase my hens but I have fed a cade lamb many times with him around and he was gentle. He is absolutely balmy with other dogs but has not had a lot of close up experience of them – just 2 regularly. He travels beautifully quietly. He walks with me gently off the lead roughly alongside or not far distant. He reacts obediently to a no. He comes to his name – eventually! But does not hurry. He loves being near us and will lie quietly wherever we are. Have I got an unusual one? Or are his other traits yet to appear? I am so pleased I didn’t find your description of their traits before I got him because he is delightful and so easy as a puppy. His main fault is that he eats everything including the post, but I think think this is just a puppy thing that they all do. Definitely easier than a collie! Much keener to please and less self willed. A lovely breed!