Experts believe that the Glen of Imaal Terrier (GoIT) is a descendant of the dogs which the Flemish soldiers bred in the 1500s. The mercenaries raised those dogs with terriers and developed the GoIT. It was used to hunt games and work without making any noise. Currently, there are a lot of clubs and organizations which recognize the breed.
Temperament & Personality
The GoIT is a courageous dog, even though it does not bark incessantly. There is an independent side of this loyal, quiet and gentle dog, which makes it suitable for owners with ample experience. It can get aggressive if kept as a hunting dog but it behaves politely around strangers. Thanks to its patient and affectionate disposition, this is a good family dog. It takes longer to mature than other dogs so the owner must be patient.
This breed needs moderate exercise daily and active owners who will give them company. A fenced yard is essential to let them dig and run around without a leash. Walk or jog with it for 20-30 minutes to burn excess its energy. It will spend time with children and family to keep itself entertained.
The GoIT is a low maintenance dog regarding its grooming needs. If it smells bad, give it a bath using dog shampoo. Trim its coat with a stripping knife.
Common issues of this breed are hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, achondroplasia, and allergies.
Training this intelligent dog is relatively easy. It is the owner’s responsibility to keep the GoIT interested. Use positive methods like praises, treats, and motivation. Socialize it well so that it learns to behave appropriately. Consider taking it to dog schools where it can get professional help. Obedience training will be vital for its development as it will help in curbing its digging habits.
Two cups of dog food containing all the necessary nutrients will be enough for the GoIT. The amount of food can change depending on the dog’s size, age, and metabolism.