Why Glens are different from other Irish Terriers

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The Wicklow Mountains have acted like a defensive barrier safeguarding the distinctive features of the Glens. Unlike the 3 other breeds of their Irish relatives – the Kerry Blue Terrier, the Irish Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier – the Irish Glen of Imaal Terriers were worked and bred in geographic seclusion. That’s how this breed managed to hold on to its ancient features.

It’s no wonder things turned out the way they did for this breed. Glen of Imaal is one of the lesser-populated regions in Ireland. It’s a hard-to-reach place with a strong sense of tradition.

Another interesting fact about Glen of Imaal Terriers is that based on DNA evidence they seem to be more closely related to Molossers or Mastiffs than to other terriers.


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One comment on “Why Glens are different from other Irish Terriers

  • George F. (Jeff) White, Jr.

    I’m interested, intrigued.
    We sought out and are the proud parents to another Irish breed that was vulnerable, an Irish Red and White Setter.
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Glen. I have some questions.

    The historic photos show a dog with seemingly longer legs. Has their been an evolution of the breed toward shorter legs? Is digging in the home a problem? Are their nails dark and difficult to trim?
    Are their recommendations for a breeder in the Southeastern US?
    Thank you in advance for any help that you can provide!