Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier

Other name: Glen of Imaal Irish Terrier

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The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is a medium-sized dog, of rather strong construction despite its size, writable in a rectangle (the length is greater than the height at the withers) and relatively low on the legs. The gaits of the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier are characterized by clear movements, quite easy, carried by an appreciable impetus from the rear and allowing him to cover a lot of ground.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Ireland
Template Average
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 14 kg to 15 kg From 33 cm to 35 cm
Male From 14 kg to 16 kg From 33 cm to 36 cm
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History of the breed

The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier originates, as its name suggests, from the Glen of Imaal , a vast mountainous region in eastern Ireland. He was raised by local farmers who exploited the land in the many valleys of the region, especially from the 17th century. So he had to adapt to the harsh conditions and the demands of the job , which he has done brilliantly over the generations.

Physical features

His coat: medium length and rough in appearance. The outer coat is associated with a softer undercoat.
Its color: either blue brindle (without tending towards black), or wheat (light to golden tending towards red).
Its head: quite long, broad and powerful. The stop is marked, the nose is black, the muzzle strong and tapering towards its extremity, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors.
Its ears: relatively small, carried backwards at rest, but semi-erect when the dog is active.
His eyes: wide apart, medium size, brown in color and round in shape.
His body: long and well let down. The neck is muscular and moderately long, the top line straight, the kidney strong, the chest large and powerful, the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: thick at its base, attached and carried happily.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is a dog full of energy and energy, but who knows how to work in all discretion. Determined and courageous when hunting, he is at the same time affectionate , gentle and obedient to his family. The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is nonetheless a good alert dog , as he is particularly attentive and systematically reports any suspicious behavior around the home of his owners.

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Being rather docile, the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier does not present any particular difficulty during his education, which must however remain balanced ; no form of brutality, but a minimum of firmness . We will focus on his intelligence and his taste for work through positive reinforcement , while ensuring quality socialization .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier adapts to practically any lifestyle , as long as it has enough opportunities to exercise . He can live in an apartment in the heart of the city as in a large house as close as possible to nature.


Ease of gaining weight

The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is a robust dog with generally sound health . He is used to difficult climates thanks to his double and coarse coat, but he must of course be protected from extreme weather conditions (heat, very cold …).

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Minor concerns
Von Willebrand disease
Suggested tests

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends an Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Despite the presence of undercoat, the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is only subject to moderate shedding . Its maintenance does not pose any particular constraint , but it must be ensured regularly to preserve its appearance and its health.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week . Apart from subjects intended to participate in dog shows, it is not necessary to resort to extensive grooming. The inside of the dog’s ears should be cleaned thoroughly using a piece of cotton wool and a suitable solution.

Inspect the inside of his ears, hair and pads after outings, and trim his nails when they get too long. His teeth need to be brushed frequently in order to eliminate the build-up of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,200
€ 1,800

The purchase price of an Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is between € 1,200 and € 1,800.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of an Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is between 350 € and 650 €.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is an active dog by nature and therefore needs long daily outings to exercise and thrive.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1975


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