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THE HISTORY OF THE GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIERS The Glen of Imaal terrier is one of the four native breeds of Ireland and one of the oldest. Centuries ago soldiers were given land for their service and lived in the harsh terrain in the region of County Wicklow, named the Glen of Imaal. They developed a tough bow legged breed of terrier to protect their crops and animals, he had to be a general all purpose farm dog capable of killing vermin and any other predators. This dog was named the Glen of Imaal terrier, archeological investigation has verified remains of small bow legged dogs. References have been made by George Turberville in his book ‘The noble Art of Venerie and Hunting’, in 1575, further references have been made by Rawdon Lee’s ‘Modern Dogs’ in 1894. Historical evidence can be found in many places so this breed is definitely old!! The Glen of Imaal first appeared at a show in 1934 in Dublin at the St Patrick’s Day show, although not shown. The Irish Glen of Imaal club was formed that year, until recently Glens had to obtain a ‘Teastac Misneac’ (Certificate of Dead Gameness) before they could gain their show title. Glens did not appear in Britain until 1958. The first one was registered at the Kennel Club in that year, his name was Ballyroan Mick and it was not until 1973 that Glens were granted individual registration with the Kennel Club here. In 1981 an inaugural meeting was held by enthusiasts and Jim Parsons was elected President of the newly formed Glen of Imaal Terrier Association, when the first AGM was held 40 members were recorded. The breed has multiplied since then and Glens now have CC status in Britain.
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