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    Glen of Imaal Terrier |Ireland|

    Glen of Imaal Terrier |Ireland|

    Sometimes called the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier or the Wicklow Terrier, this breed came into existence during the reign of Elizabeth I, who hired French mercenaries to put down civil unrest in Ireland. The soldiers brought with them their low-slung hounds, and those that remained in Ireland bred their dogs with the local terrier stock, eventually resulting in this breed. Unlike many other terriers, these are “strong dogs” rather than “sounders”—they were bred to go silently into dens after their prey, rather than bark to indicate its location. All in all, the Glen was a tough, enduring, feisty breed, a survivor, and retains these characteristics today. They are playful and affectionate with their families, but may be wary of strangers and scrappy with other dogs.

    History

    The Glen of Imaal is one of four native Irish dog breeds and also one of the oldest. These small, tough terriers developed in the remote valley of Glen of Imaal in the Western Wicklow mountains, an area of harsh terrain and difficult living. They were used to protect rural farms from intruders, guard livestock, and above all, hunt vermin and other predators. They are said to have been used for dog fighting on the side and were known as “turnspit” dogs, running on a wheel to turn meat cooking in kitchens.

    Glens are intelligent and can have a stubborn streak, so consistency and firmness is essential in training puppies.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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