Glen of Imaal Terrier Club of America


Quilt Raffle – The Versatile Glen
Take a chance on this one-of-a kind 10th Anniversary edition Glen quilt! The QuiltaGlen team has produced a beautifully unique throw-sized quilt that celebrates the versatility of Glens with 17 different hand embroidered panels including...Therapy, Glen sit, Agility etc. Six tickets for a donation of $10.00 USD. Fill out the tickets with your name and address and mail your tickets and donation to: Laura Trainor,144 West Hill Road, Vestal, NY 13850. Checks should be made payable to “GITCA”. The Quilt Raffle will be drawn at the GITCA Banquet, October 4, 2014 in Fort Washington, PA. You do not need to be present to win. The Quilt will be mailed to the winner. Our international Glen friends are welcome to make a donation for raffle tickets through PayPal’s Send Money Feature. Laura Trainor will collect the PayPal ticket donations at ltrainor@stny.rr.com. Any tickets donations purchased through PayPal will be printed with the purchaser’s name and address and added to the others for the drawing. Click here for the tickets.

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Video: Meet The Versatile Glen
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Among the many of its treasures that Ireland has shared with the world, are several beloved breeds of dogs. Among them are four beguiling terriers and perhaps least known of them is the Glen of Imaal Terrier. It has been described variously as a rough-and-ready Sealyham, a miniature Irish Wolfhound, or a Soft Coated Wheaten on short legs, etc. While these descriptions might allude to an aspect of the Glen of Imaal’s profile, they ultimately miss the point. The Glen isn’t a rough-and-ready or miniature anything. It predates many of the breeds to which it is likened and is a truly unique and remarkable creature beloved by most everyone fortunate enough to come into contact with one.

The history of the breed finds its roots in the starkly beautiful Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow. Like its three Irish cousins--the Kerry Blue Terrier, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, and the Irish Terrier--the Glen of Imaal Terrier was initially bred to rid the home and farm of vermin, and hunt fox and badger. The European badger weighs in at 40 lbs and the Glen was tough and strong enough to go to ground and dispatch the vermin soundlessly.

According to legend the Glen of Imaal also has a unique task which it was expressly designed for: it was a turnspit dog. The turnspit was a large wheel which, when paddled by the dog, would turn the spit over the hearth--a canine-propelled rotisserie, if you will. The Glen’s highly individualized bowed front legs and powerful hindquarters were ideally suited for this. For several hundred years, these hearty dogs performed their tasks unnoticed by all except those who treasured them. With the advent of dog shows in the 19th century, the breed began to emerge into the public eye. In 1934, the Glen of Imaal Terrier was given full recognition by the Irish Kennel Club. It was the third of the four Irish terrier breeds to be so acknowledged. The breed is now recognized by the Kennel Club of Great Britain, FCI, and several rare breed associations. In America the Glen was fully recognized by the American Kennel Club and entered the AKC Terrier Group in October 2004 though the hard efforts of members of the Glen of Imaal Terrier Club of America. There are 600-700 Glens registered in the United States.

Owning a Glen of Imaal Terrier can be a unique and rewarding experience...but it is not the breed for everyone. Read on to determine if it might be the right breed for you. 



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