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Glen of Imaal Terrier

Tags: terrier, Protective guardian

After a long, cold day of hunting badger and fox in the rain and sleet of the Imaal valley near Dublin, Ireland, there was one more chore for my ancestors in centuries gone by -- as "turnspit dogs." The turnspit wheel was a dog-powered rotisserie. We walked the wheel an hour or two, while the turnspit rotated a chunk of meat in the hearth. Kind of boring work, actually. But that broiling meat smelled great. It was warm and dry by the fire. And it sure beat wrestling badgers in the rain.

Rave review

  • Affectionate, devoted family friend
  • Agile and active
  • Always alert
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Courageous canine
  • Energizer doggie
  • Even-tempered, good-natured

Report card

  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Coat needs regular maintenance
  • Loves (older) kids
  • Outdoors enthusiast
  • Outgoing extrovert
  • Perfect protector
  • Ready to romp
  • Socialization and training should start early

What to expect

I need you to know a couple things about Glens: Although I get along with kids (older ones, anyway) I can be well, let's just say quarrelsome with other dogs. As if that's not enough, I tend to see myself as bigger than I actually am. So please don't let me pick fights -- or even mouth off -- around other dogs, of any size and disposition. Firm training and early socialization should help with that.

Watch for

Possible hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and atopic dermatitis.

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