The Glen of Imaal Terrier (also called Wicklow Terrier or sometimes “Glen” for short) is a small vulnerable native breed originally used to hunt badgers. It originated in County Wicklow in Ireland and is one of four Irish Terrier breeds. This low to ground terrier is described as a fearless and tenacious breed and is thought to have a mix of the Soft Coated Wheaten, and Kerry and Irish Terrier blood. It is one of the quietest terriers we have today, owing to the fact that it was bred to hunt silently rather than barking. Its physical appearance shows a dog that is longer than it is high, typically 35 – 36cm in height at the shoulder and an approximate weight of 16kg. It is accentuated by a medium-length, hard-textured coat that comes in blue, brindle and wheaten colours, a large head, rose or half-pricked ears and short, slightly bowed legs. It is one of the slow-maturing dog breeds, typically taking up to 4 years to reach full maturity.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The exact origin of the Glen of Imaal Terrier is not known in fine details but it is reportedly said that the breed’s history began during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The soldiers who helped put down the rebellion in Ireland settled in County Wicklow after the conflict together with their low-slung hounds. These dogs were eventually bred with local terriers that gave rise to the distinctive breed that we now know as the Glen of Imaal Terrier. The original purpose of the Glen was to hunt for rats, foxes, badgers, and otters. It was also originally used for herding farm animals in addition to being a well-behaved family pet. The breed almost became extinct before breed fanciers in Ireland helped revive the population during the early 20th century. Today, it is still one of the vulnerable native breeds and remains the least-known Irish terrier.
This breed is described as alert, courageous, lively, loyal, and outgoing. The Glen was bred to work and hunt silently rather than barking at the quarry and for this reason, it is among the quietest terriers we have today. Though it is active and determined, it also tends to be more placid and more laid-back than most terriers. It has the uncanny ability to sit on its behind and hold its entire body vertical, a posture known as the “Glen sit.”
The Glen typically has a stubborn streak like most terriers but it generally responds well to an owner with a firm hand. Positive reinforcement training will benefit the breed the most. It is intelligent, a quick learner and usually gets along well with other dogs very easily. Some Glens can be dog-aggressive but early socialisation is the key to correcting this behaviour. It will do well in a few dog sport such as earthdog trial which tests the working ability and instinct of the Glen, as well as barn hunt and dog agility.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a unique wiry topcoat with a soft undercoat. Grooming requirement is on the lighter side because this breed does not moult or shed much. Brushing or combing can be done on a weekly basis or twice a month to keep the coat in good, healthy condition. Excess or dead hairs should be stripped every three months to help lessen hair fall even further.
It is a generally healthy breed with a median lifespan of 14 years but it is likely to suffer from a few health issues including:
Heart problems are non-issues in Glens but they are susceptible to growth plate injuries so owners are advised not to let their Glens jump off from high places such as beds, sofas, and chairs until the dog is more than one year of age. A low-protein diet should be given to a Glen at the age of one year and older.
Exercise is on the lighter side. It is typically less excitable than other terriers but as a working dog, it still needs daily exercise, usually a 30-minute walk around the block. It will also be happy with some playtime in the yard or in the park, typically when the weather is cool. A Glen that is not properly exercised has a tendency to develop behavioural problems.
The Glen is a fearless but loyal breed and gets along very well with children. It goes well with other dogs especially if it is socialised at an early age, although some Glens can be dog-aggressive especially when provoked. It has a high prey drive and will go after cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, mouse, and other similar pets if not well socialised at an early age.