Glen of Imaal Terrier
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Irish Glenn of Imaal Terrier, Wicklow Terrier
Wheat, blue, tiger
Dogs for children, small breeds or decorative dogs, dogs for the apartment
Features of the breed
History of Origin
The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is native to southeastern Ireland. The dog got its name from the Glen of Imaal Valley, which is located in County Wicklow. In the beginning, the terrier was used for hunting foxes, mink, and catching rats.
The dog also helped people roast meat with a unique wheel. A dog was inside the wheel and had to rotate it constantly, so the meat on the spit was roasted.
The breed was first mentioned in 1876. But the name was not officially recognized until 1934. Now the species is prevalent in the United States, where more dogs are born each year than in their homeland.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has an average size, a fairly massive build, and a strong skull. There is a pronounced transition from forehead to muzzle. The eyes are rounded, medium-sized, usually brown, and shades of brown. Above the eyes, the dog has formed thick eyebrows. The height of the dog does not exceed 35 cm, weight – no more than 16 kg. The tail is usually cropped, and it stands upright. However, the paws are short but intense. Because of the legs’ length, one gets the impression that the dog is a bit stocky and low. The distinctive feature of this terrier is the front paws, which are slightly turned outward.
The coat is stiff to the touch, medium-length has an undercoat. The coat’s color is usually wheat, blue, tiger and can be with shades of red.
In general, the dog is calm but sometimes can be aggressive to other dogs, so socialization is essential from an early age. These dogs love the praise of their owner the most, so they always try to please him.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has well-developed hunting qualities to perceive other animals in the house, especially cats and rodents, as prey. It is important to raise and teach proper behavior with other animals from an early age.
They love children, playing, and spending time with family. They often don’t care to spend time having fun, or vice versa, lying on the couch. The main thing is to have an owner around. This dog is not suitable for those who are often on the road or at work because when the Glen of Imaal is alone, he is very bored.
It is distinguished by high intelligence and uncharacteristic for small dogs’ calmness. They never bark for no reason and always have a balanced assessment of the situation.
The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier can easily live in an apartment or a private home. But it is important to remember about the activity and vigor of the pet. They need to be walked at least twice a day and combine this with physical activity. For example, the dog can jump, run for long distances, chase objects and fetch a stick. You can also use a ball and other toys to play with. They have a well-developed sense of competition and will willingly participate in contests and dog sports.
Because of its large coat, the dog can get very hot in the summer, so you need to trim its coat regularly. In the heat, provide constant access to fresh water and be taken to a lake or swimming pool – the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is an excellent swimmer. It is crucial to monitor the condition of the eyes, mouth, and ears. Clip claws regularly.
These dogs are very energetic, love to learn new things, and are easy to train. From early childhood, the most important moment during puppy training is socialization.
Take lots of walks outside. Allow other people to pet your pet and introduce him to other animals. This way, they won’t have problems with aggression in the future. They love to play different games for speed, stamina, and attention.
In general, the Glen of Imaal Terrier has good health and good immunity. If his condition is monitored and regularly checked by a doctor, there should be no problems. Occasionally, heart disease may occur.
Pets love to eat a lot, so it’s essential to make sure they don’t overeat.
The diet should be balanced and contain vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and useful micronutrients.