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Glen of Imaal Terrier - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Glen of Imaal Terrier


The small Glen of Imaal Terrier is a sturdy, substantive dog with a shaggy, harsh coat. The coat comes in many colors and shades of blue, wheaten or brindle. They are longer than they are tall. Glens have a sizable head, but it is proportionate to the rest of the body. Their ears are wide set and located toward the back of the head. Their ears are half-pricked or rose shaped, but when the dog is in an alert state, the ears lie back against the head. Glens sport round, brown eyes and black noses. States the AKC standard, “the bowed forequarters with turned out feet, its unique outline and topline are hallmarks of the breed and essential to the breed type.”

Size and Weight

The maximum height by the Glen of Imaal breed standard is 14 inches at the shoulder, and the minimum is 12.5. The dog should weigh approximately 35 pounds, though females should weigh in a bit lighter. The overall balance of the dog is more important in the show ring than the actual weight and height of the dog, however, and the appropriate ratio of length to height is 5:3.

Coat and Color

The Glen sports a medium length double coat with a harsh-textured top coat and a short softer undercoat. They come in wheaten shades that range from cream to red, blue shades ranging from silver to slate, and brindle. They shed very lightly, if at all.

Grooming Needs

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a no-fuss breed when it comes to grooming. Brush the coat once or twice per week to keep tangles from forming and they only need a bath once every three months, or when they've rolled in the muck. Show Glens should be stripped with a stripping knife, as opposed to trimmed with clippers. Family dogs can be clipped, or allowed to let their hair grow freely.

Nails should be trimmed monthly and teeth should be brushed weekly. Check the dog's ears regularly for signs of irritation, infection or wax buildup. Cleanse the ear with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved solution.

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