Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier

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The Full Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier Description

Game and spirited with great courage when called upon, otherwise the Glen is gentle and docile. Although generally less easily excited than other terriers, the Glen is always ready to give chase.

Indicative Breed Standard

 

General Appearance

Medium-sized with medium-length coat, great strength with impression of maximum substance for the size of dog. Body longer than high.

Characteristics

Active, agile and silent when working. Native of County Wicklow and named after the Glen of Imaal.

Temperament

Game and spirited with great courage when called upon, otherwise gentle and docile.

Head and Skull

Of good width and fair length with powerful foreface. Muzzle to taper towards nose. Well defined stop. Nose black.

Eyes

Brown, medium size, round and set well apart. Light eyes undesirable.

Ears

Small, rose or half pricked when alert, thrown back when in repose. Full drop or prick undesirable.

Mouth

Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth of
good size.

Neck

Very muscular and of moderate length.

Forequarters

Shoulders broad, muscular and well laid back. Forelegs short, bowed and well boned.

Body

Deep and of medium length, slightly longer than height at withers. Well sprung ribs with neither flat nor barrel appearance. Chest wide and strong. Topline slightly rising to a strong loin.

Hindquarters

Strong, well muscled, with good thighs and good bend of stifle. Hocks turned neither in nor out.

Feet

Compact and strong with rounded pads. Front feet to turn out slightly from pastern.

Tail

Docking optional. Docked: Strong at root. Well set on and carried gaily. Undocked: Strong at root. Well set on and carried gaily. In overall balance with rest of the dog.

Gait/Movement

Free in action. Covers the ground effortlessly with good drive behind.

Coat

Medium length, of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Coat may be tidied to present a neat outline.

Colour

Blue, brindle and wheaten (all shades).

Size

35-36 cms (14 ins) at the shoulder is maximum height for dogs and bitches.

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