Glen of Imaal Terrier

Terrier Group

Glen of Imaal Terrier standing in a grassy yard

Height at Shoulders

12.5-14 in

Weight

32-40 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-15 yrs

History

The Glen of Imaal Terrier originated in County Wicklow in Ireland during the 1800's. They were bred to be multi-purpose working dogs, with tasks ranging from hunting badger to (allegedly) turning meat in a fire by means of a hamster wheel-like contraption. Unlike most other terriers, they are "strong dogs", not "sounding dogs", meaning that instead of barking to alert their caretaker when they find prey, they enter the dens quietly to hunt.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Glen of Imaal Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆

★★

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Brave and feisty, often being described as a big dog trapped in a small dog body

Curious with a high prey drive, and love to dig and chase

Affectionate, loyal, and protective of their family

Can be independent and stubborn

May be uneasy around other dogs if not sufficiently socialized