The Glen of Imaal Terrier derives from Ireland and his name comes from the remote valley of County Wicklow where the breed originates from. He was developed to serve the role of a multi-purpose hunter, and was then employed to hunt fox and badger, as well as to rid home of rodents. Due to his tenacious spirit, the Glen was also popular in organized dogfights.
The breed is characterized as being brave and feisty. Keep in mind that he will rarely initiate a fight with another dog, but he is most likely to finish it. The Glen will do everything to protect his family. He is intelligent, loyal, and patient which makes him a magnificent companion. If you choose him to be your family pet he will give you plenty of affection, although, he’s got an independent streak that’s been the cause for many people labeling him as stubborn. He is a perfect family pet that likes to play and generally enjoys children. The Glen is muscular and strong so it is advisable that he play with children of age 12+. He can pretty much get along with other dogs if he has spent a fair share of time with them when he was in his puppy years. Due to him being bred in order to hunt small prey, he does not get along with small animals like cats, gerbils, rabbits etc.
Being a born hunter, the Glen is fairly easy to train if you show consistency and put in the necessary effort, as he is a fast learner.
The Glen has a medium length coat, with a harsh-textured topcoat and a shorter undercoat. The Glen is regarded as being a non- to low-shedding type of breed. Grooming the Glen does not require a lot of effort. You have to brush him only once or twice a week at most in order to keep the coat from tangling, and bathe him roughly every three months or so — or in cases in which he rolled in something dirty or smelly.