The harsh coat needs periodic stripping; a low shedder when well groomed.
When working, the Glen is active, agile, silent and intent upon its game; otherwise, he can be a docile companion for families with older children. A real terrier of considerable substance and temperament, the breed enjoys active dog sports like earthdog, obedience, rally, agility, tracking and the coursing ability test. On the flip side, terriers can have a stubborn streak and may get bored with repetition.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a large breed and has a lifespan of 13 to 17 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Hair should be removed from under the tail, the ears, and from between the pads. This should be incorporated into regular weekly grooming and the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Some Glen experts refute the “turnspit” story, saying it was the breed’s ancestors, not modern Glens, who ran the rotisserie treadmill. But, conceding it’s even plausible that today’s Glen could do such work tells us these are strong and vigorous dogs, unspoiled by excessive pampering. They love people but normally won’t get chummy with other dogs. Glens are quieter and less spiky than other terriers—but, still, they’re terriers: brave, sometimes stubborn, and keenly interested in the doings of small furry critters, their natural prey.
Glen of Imaal Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease such as cone rod dystrophy. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Glen of Imaal Terriers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Glen of Imaal Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.