Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
In celebration of the dear patron saints of Ireland, I thought I would check out some of the breeds that are native to Ireland. Among those I came across, (Celtic Hound, Irish Setter, Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, Wheaten Terrier…) the Glen if Imaal Terrier was one that caught my eye.
Glen of Imaal Terrier:
Originating in the Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland,this terrier is one of four Irish terrier breeds often referred to as just Glen. They were primarily used as a working dog for herding and keeping livestock predators at bay.
Described as “a big dog on short legs”, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is classified as a dwarf breed. They are energetic and make great hunting dogs but can also be very docile in the domestic environment. Like other terrier breeds, Glens can be stubborn , are highly intelligent, fearless and loyal. While they are great with people, these dogs have a high prey drive and require proper socialization with other animals – particularly with pets they might mistaken for prey, such as cats and rabbits.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is one of the rarest breeds of dog with approximately only 1000 registered in the U.S.