Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 15-18, Female: 14.5-17
Height: Male: 13-14, Female: 12-13
Origin of Name: The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a breed of dog of the terrier category and one of four Irish terrier breeds.
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The glens are difficult terrains from tough country, the remote and rocky glens of Imla in the mountainous county Wicklow. The old-time farmers worked hard to make a living scratch from the desolate landscape, and their dogs were expected to work just as hard.
The Glens were developed as badge hunters, but they also performed various odd tasks around the farm. Glens carry the nickname ""Turnspit Dog"" because, according to some, they were used to run into a hamster-wheel contraption in the kitchen that turned meat on an open fire. Glenn's highly personal bent legs, well-padded loin and powerful handicap were ideally suited for this. For several hundred years, these hearty dogs carried out their work in this remote corner of Ireland, except for all who considered them to be treasured.
In early 1930, sporadic reports of Glens moved to the United States with their owners; However, the breed did not set foot in the US until 1980, when many dedicated breeders and radicals imported foundation stock from Ireland and the United Kingdom. In 1986, these pioneers established the Glen of Imal Terrier Club of America.