Glen of Imaal Terrier Working
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Glen of Imaal Terriers Working
Glens have always been a working terrier. Their working capabilities
were prized over and above their looks. Even when the breed was accepted into the
Irish Kennel Club, it could not earn an IKC Championship without also passing two working
tests, one for drawing a badger out of its den, the other for catching a rat that was
escaping across a stream (so the Glen had to go through water, which they normally are not
fond of). Glens were disqualified if they vocalized during the test. Glens
were "dead game," meaning they were so intent on the game, they would absolutely
not quit until the job was accomplished. When not working, they were expected to be
gentle and docile.
Today, the Working Certificates are no longer a part of a Glen
Championship, but the attributes of a breed that was maintained primarily for its working
abilities and temperament carry over into many modern-day talents.
Glen of Imaal Terriers are very intelligent, sensitive, and capable of
doing a wide variety of things. They are content to simply hang out but they love to
do things with their owners. Glen owners & their dogs have fun & get loads
of exercise in Agility, learn more leisurely & useful skills in Tracking, comfort
shut-ins with Pet Therapy visits, and maintain the breed's original instincts through the
safe and humane sport of Earthdog. One Glen owner, Monique Anthony, enjoyed Earthdog with her Glens so much that she
became an AKC Earthdog judge and helped develop a special Strong Dog test for Glens in
order to demonstrate the additional expectations of the original working Glen.
Here are a couple stills from a
ARBA CH. Glen Pastures Duffy at work!
The following film clip demonstrates some crucial elements of the working
characteristics of Glen of Imaal Terriers: their willingness to please, intelligence,
gameness, and the significance of their laid back attitude.
Duffy was my first Glen. I got her to help me on the farm, and she loved to work
for me. She was wonderful with my pre-school boys. It wasn't until 1996, late
in her life, that I discovered she had PRA, an inherited disease which causes
blindness. It was the first time anyone had ever realized PRA existed in
Glens. (In 2010 we finally got a blood test for screening Glens so we can prevent
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