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Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog Breed

The name of the breed was taken from the County of Imaal in Wicklow, Ireland and was first publicly shown as a breed at an Irish dog show in the 1930s. This sturdy but small terrier bears resemblance to the Welsh Corgi. It weighs from 34 to 36 pounds and has a breeding height of 14 inches. It has a broad skull, a strong muzzle and a defined stop. The eyes are round and medium-sized typically coming in brown colour. The legs are short and bowed but well-boned. Its ears are half pricked, and held on the back of the head when the dog is alert. It has a medium length double layer of coat where the undercoat is softer. Common colours are blue, brindle and cream silver.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier has been bred originally as a working and hunting dog. Its tasks included that of going after fox and badgers inside their lairs as well as vermin. Highly intelligent, this terrier is usually docile and mild-mannered at home but can be aggressive especially when provoked. It is a breed that takes longer to mature than the average dog but they are quick to learn. At home it s a loyal family pet that is good with children. However it should not be trusted alone with small animals because of its natural hunting instincts. The Glen of Imaal Terrier lives for about 13 to 14 years.

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