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ABOUT THE GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER The Kennel Club breed standard describes the Glen of Imaal, as: ‘great strength with impression of maximum substance for the size of dog’ and this really does describe a Glen. Glens are like big dogs with short legs, longer bodies; their heads are large with strong jaws and teeth. In fact a Glen is the heaviest boned terrier for his size; they really are total power, only 14 inches tall but weigh in at over 35lbs. They are silent workers, so rarely bark unless there is a need. Their temperament really does personify the ‘devil may care Irishman’ always lively, mischievous, amusing and always loyal. A Glen can be the ideal family dog, not too large but sturdy enough for boisterous children, his coat also does not need as much attention as some of the other terriers. People are often surprised when they see a Glen playing and running, his speed and agility belies his build. The movement of a Glen is free striding and should not hackney, having strong drive from behind. Although the character of these dogs is ‘laid back’, he is capable of walking quite long distances if required. A Glen does not shed hair so will need stripping a couple of times a year, in order not to look like a hairy monster! We must not forget that he is a working dog and requires a harsh coat to protect him from undergrowth and the weather. The coat for showing should not be excessively trimmed or barbered; indeed the standard says that it should be tidied to give a neat outline. Glens come in various colours – any shade of wheaten from cream to red, brindle, blue brindle, or blue. Basically then, a Glen can be both energetic or a couch potato, depending on what his owner feels like doing. He is very people orientated and affectionate going wherever you go. Always remember however that he is a terrier and needs to be socialised with other dogs at an early age to avoid problems of anti social behaviour later on. That cute fluffy bundle soon turns into a heavy determined adult!
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