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Imaal Glen Irish Terrier

GENERAL APPEARANCE : : Of medium size, with a coat of medium length, great strength revealing maximum substance for the size of the dog.

Personality:  Active, agile and silent.

Energy Level : Moderately active.

Good with children:  Yes.


Good with other dogs:  With supervision.


Grooming:  Seasonal.


Life expectancy : 12-15 years.

Bark level:  When necessary.


In the same way that many dogs in the Terrier group were not really appreciated by sporty gentlemen before the mid-19th century, the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is an ancient breed that was simply ignored for a long time, despite the later results of the experiments of the Imaal. breed. He is very much a local race, confined to the arid region of the Glen of Imaal. The farmers of this region, who are descended from soldiers whose land was received as payment for services rendered to the British Crown in the 16th and 17th centuries and who had to use their natural cunning and dexterity to survive in these arid terrains. A dog that could not impose itself in the day-to-day struggle for subsistence would not be tolerated. So he had to spend long hours pulling dog carts and was often taken to fighting other dogs in the dubious sport of dog fighting, now extinct. Before the Glen of Imaal Irish Terrier became known at dog shows, he developed through generations of hard work the strong, stocky dog we know today. The Irish Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1934 and a club to look after its interests was soon founded.

Country of Origin: Ireland.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  Active, agile and silent when working. Huntsman and smart, with great courage when required, however, sweet and docile that exudes personality; his loyal and affectionate nature makes him a very acceptable home and companion dog. The Imaal Glen Irish Terrier is said to be the least excitable of the terriers, although it is always ready to hunt when called upon.





Skull: Of good width and sufficient length.


Stop: Pronounced.




Truffle: Black.


Muzzle: Powerful, tapering to the nose.


Jaws and Teeth: Jaws  strong. Healthy, regular, strong, good-sized teeth. Scissor bite.


Eyes: Brown, of medium size, round, set well apart. Light eyes should be penalized.


Ears: Small pink or semi-erect when attentive, lying back in repose. Dropped or erect ears are undesirable.


NECK: Very muscular and of moderate length.


  • BODY: Deep and long; longer than tall.


Top row: straight


Loin: Strong.


Chest: Broad and strong, ribs well sprung.






Shoulders: Broad, muscular and well angulated.


Legs: Short, arched and well-boned.  


Feet: Compact and strong, with round pads. They are slightly turned out in relation to the pasterns.


HINDQUARTERS: Strong and well muscled.


Thighs: Well muscled.


Knees: Well angulated.


Hocks: Not turned in or out.


Feet: Compact and strong, with round pads.


  • GAIT/MOVEMENT: Free, no hackney. Covering the ground effortlessly and good propulsion in the hindquarters.


  • COAT


Hair: Of medium length, of a rough texture with a soft undercoat. The coat can be trimmed to provide a clean outline.


  • COLOR:


  1. Blue brindle but without tendencies to black. 

  2. Wheat, from light wheat to reddish gold. 

  3. Puppies can be born in colors: blue, wheat or reddish. Lighter colored puppies have a blue mask and may also have a blue band on the back, tail and ears. Darker markings lighten with maturity.


SIZE: Height at the withers: Males: maximum 35.5 cm. Females: proportionally smaller.


WEIGHT: Males: 16kg. Females: proportionately less.

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.  



• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

• Atypical dogs.

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