Glen of Imaal Terrier


One of the four Terrier breeds native to Ireland, the Glen of Imaal Terrier was a working Terrier, able to survive in a difficult terrain and conditions. These tough canines not only hunted rats, foxes, and badgers, but they worked the turnspit at the hearth (a dog-powered rotisserie) and fought in the pits at night. Even though the breed’s numbers dwindled for a time, the Terrier’s charm and spirit ensured its survival into modern times.


Small to medium; 14 inches, 35 pounds.


Wheaten, blue, or brindle.


Spirited, inquisitive, and game for fun; ready for a chase. Docile and content with plenty of exercise. Good with older children; can be aggressive with other dogs.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner able to train a strong-willed dog.


Daily exercise (brisk walk or off-lead romp in a secure area), leash, fenced yard, involvement in family activities, regular

combing as well as stripping twice a year.

Life expectancy:

10 to 15 years.