History and Origin: During the years (1500-1600 ) and including the reign of Elizabeth the First, mercenary soldiers were used to quell a rebellion in Ireland in the County Wicklow region. After the war, the soldiers settled in this region and bred their hounds to local terrier types eventually creating the Glen of Imall terrier. A true Irish breed and it remains little changed from its origin to now. The breed was successful at ridding the area of fox, rats, otters and badgers as well as being a good farm dog for herding and as a reliable companion. Recognized by AKC in 2004 and by CKC in 2016
General Appearance: strong and sturdy, thick and robust with little fanciness, rather a plain and scruffy looking canine. Large head with rose or semi prick ears, eyes brown and round, bite is scissor or level, body longer than tall with ratio of 5:3, legs are short and feet turned out in front. Back line rises slightly towards rear quarters. Tail may be docked or natural. Short, rather disheveled looking, coat. Size: 13-14 inches tall Weight: about 35 lbs.
Coat and Colour: Coat is harsh with soft undercoat Colors are Wheaten: (blonde or cream to red) Blue: may be brindled (stripped) Regular brushing is all that is required so that dog is always looking neat and to prevent matting around neck and ears. Low shedding. Show dogs are hand stripped.
Feeding: a quality kibble fed twice daily. Good eaters and easy keepers.
Training and Obedience intelligent and trainable but also stubborn. Will chase quarry. High prey drive. Not recommended with other small pets such as cats rabbits, guinea pigs etc. Performance events include barn hunt, earth dog tests, trick dog, scent trials, sprinter, obedience, rally and agility.
Activity: a tough and sturdy breed that will enjoy walks on lead or exercise in a fenced area. Agile. Will dig and go to ground in search of vermin.( mice,moles etc)
Temperament: a bold and quite fearless breed, feisty, but also very family oriented, devoted, loyal and sweet natured. Good with children but supervised. Relatively calm and docile. Will guard bark, but not determined barkers.