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Glen of Imaal Terrier (Muzzle, Face)
Muzzle, Face

Breed Information


2022: #169

2021: #175

2020: #169

2019: #168

2018: #174

2017: #158

2016: #180

2015: #168

Name Glen of Imaal Terrier
Other names Glen, Glennie, Irish Glen Of Imaal Terrier
Origin Ireland
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:2004 & UKC)
Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years







Height 14 inches (35.5-36.5 cm)
Weight 34-36 pounds (15.5-16.5 kg)




Litter Size 3-5 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2200 USD

The average Glen of Imaal Terrier puppy costs between $1,500 - $2,200 per puppy. Prices of puppies all depend on the rarity of the breed, the pedigree of the puppies, the amount of work a breeder as put in to produce the litter and where the breeder lives.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

The Glen of Imaal Terrier will do okay in an apartment. They are moderately active indoors and will do okay without a yard. The Glen can sleep outdoors if the weather is not too hot or cold, but would much rather be indoors with its owners.

Barking Tendencies

1 stars


Cat Friendly

1 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

2 stars

Exercise Needs

4 stars

The Glen of Imaal Terrier needs a daily walk, where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe, open area off-lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.


2 stars

His harsh topcoat coat is medium length with a shorter undercoat. Regular brushing once or twice a week with a slicker brush keeps the coat from tangling. Bathe him only when he’s dirty. Bathing too frequently softens the coarse Terrier coat.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

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4 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Glen of Imaal Terrier Puppy (Muzzle, Face)
Muzzle, Face

Glen of Imaal Terrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Toby Daisy
03 Buddy Angel
04 Riley Chloe
05 Gizmo Mia
06 Henry Stella
07 Roscoe Lilly
08 Sam Coco
09 Teddy Izzy
10 Rusty Gracie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


Longer than tall, the Glen of Imaal Terrier short, bowed front legs, well-muscled loin, rising topline and strong rear allow it to dig and then get adequate leverage to back out of a hole dragging a struggling badger that might weigh more than the Glen itself. The medium-length outercoat is harsh with a soft undercoat, and is less prone to mat or catch burrs than a longer, softer coat. The strong tail provides a sturdy handle for pulling the Glen from a hole. Unlike most terriers, barking while working is discouraged. This is a working terrier that has not sacrificed form for fashion.

A big dog on short legs, the Glen is a dog of big ideas that's never short of ways to achieve them. This is a spirited, inquisitive, courageous breed, always ready for a game or a hunt. Less excitable than most terriers, it is nonetheless an active dog. However, once given its daily dose of activity, it is content to snuggle by your side. At home the Glen is good-natured and gentle with family members; with its childlike exuberance, it especially enjoys the companionship of children. Some Glens can be dog aggressive. Glens learn quickly but may not always do what you ask. They are not inclined to bark much.


The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a dog of unknown origins, but is of Irish descent. The breed received his name from the Glen of Imaal, in County Wick low, Ireland. The breed’s early job was as a hunter, silently going after vermin, and going to ground after fox and badgers, dragging out the pray. Gamers put them in a pit with badgers, timing them on the kill, until the so-called sport was banned in 1966. The dogs were also used as turnspit dogs: Glens were put on a treadmill and would walk for hours, turning a large rotisserie wheel that was used to cook meat over an open flame. This spunky little terrier can still catch vermin and with little training it can still be used to successfully hunt foxes and badgers. The Glen was first presented publicly at an Irish dog show in 1933. It is rare in the USA and was recognized by the AKC in 2004.

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