Fédération Cynologique Internationale

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United Kennel Club

Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen Of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Ireland.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
27.01.2001.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Like all other terriers, this small, tough breed had to hunt badgers and foxes, and to keep the rat population to a minimum. Now he is a gentle and docile family dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 1Large and medium-sized Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Terrier
UKC
Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Like many dogs in the Terrier group, not really appreciated by gentlemen sportsmen before the middle of the 19th century, the Irish Glen of Imaal is an old breed which was simply ignored for a long time, rather than the result of later breed experiments. He is very much a local dog, confined to the bleak area of the Glen of Imaal. The farmers of this area, who were descended from soldiers given land in the 16th and 17th centuries as payment for service rendered to the British Crown, had to utilize their natural cunning an dexterity to survive in this harsh terrain. A dog, who could not pull his weight in the day-to-day struggle for existence would not be tolerated. So he had to spend long hours propelling dog wheels and was often pitted against other dogs in the dubious sport of dog fighting, customs now disappeared. Before the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier became known at dog shows, he had evolved through generations of hard work into the strong sturdy dog we know today. The Irish Kennel Club gave official recognition to the breed in 1934 and a club to promote its interests was soon formed.
UKC
A native of Ireland's County Wicklow, the breed was named after the glen (valley) of Imaal. Although not very well known, the breed is nonetheless a very old one that has just simply been ignored. This scrappy terrier was developed as a game working dog to destroy vermin, especially badger. The Glen of Imaal Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1993.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Medium sized with medium length coat, great strength with the impression of maximum substance for the size of the dog.
KC
Medium-sized with medium-length coat, great strength with impression of maximum substance for the size of dog. Body longer than high.
UKC
This medium-sized terrier has a medium length coat, with a body that is longer than tall and close to the ground. It should move with a free, and not hackneyed, gait. The image of the breed is one of great strength, with the impression of maximum substance for the size of the dog. Any departures from the standard are to be penalized relative to the degree of deviation from the ideal. Scars, the result of honorable wounds, are not considered faults and are not to be penalized.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Body longer than high and low to the ground.
KC
Active, agile and silent when working. Native of County Wicklow and named after the Glen of Imaal.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Active, agile and silent when working. Game and spirited with great courage when called upon, otherwise gentle and docile, who oozes personality; his loyal and affectionate nature makes him a very acceptable house dog and companion. The Irish Glen of Imaal is said to be less easily excited than other terriers, though he is always ready to give chase when called on.
KC
Game and spirited with great courage when called upon, otherwise gentle and docile.
UKC
The active, agile Glen of Imaal is characteristically silent when working. In temperament, the breed is game and spirited, with great courage when called upon. Otherwise it is gentle and docile. It is known for its intelligence and is quick to learn.

HEAD

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KC
Of good width and fair length with powerful foreface. Muzzle to taper towards nose. Well defined stop. Nose black.
UKC
The head is fairly long, with a pronounced stop.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Of good width and of fair length.
UKC
Wide.

Stop

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FCI
Pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black.
UKC
The nose is black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Foreface of power, tapering to the nose.
KC
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.
UKC
Powerful, tapering in width from eyes to nose.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws: Strong.
Teeth: Teeth sound, regular, strong and of good size. Scissor bite.
UKC
A full complement of strong, regular, white teeth of good size meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Brown, medium size, round and set well apart. Light eyes should be penalised.
KC
Brown, medium size, round and set well apart. Light eyes undesirable.
UKC
The medium size, round eyes are set well apart and are brown in color.

Ears

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FCI
Small rose or half pricked when alert, thrown back when in repose. Full drop or prick undesirable.
KC
Small, rose or half pricked when alert, thrown back when in repose. Full drop or prick undesirable.
UKC
Small, rose, or half-pricked when alert; thrown back when in repose. Full drop or prick ears are undesirable.

NECK

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FCI
Very muscular and of moderate length.
KC
Very muscular and of moderate length.
UKC
The very muscular neck is of moderate length.

BODY

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FCI
Deep and long, and longer than high.
KC
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.
UKC
The body is deep and long, and longer than high. The backline is straight. The loins are strong. The chest is wide and strong, with well-sprung ribs.

Topline

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FCI
Level.

Loin

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FCI
Strong.

Chest

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FCI
Wide and strong, ribs well sprung.

TAIL

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FCI
Docked. Strong at root, well set on and carried gaily. Pups tails docked to half length. A natural tail (undocked) is allowed for in countries where docking is banned by law.
KC
Docking previously 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.
UKC
The well-set-on tail is strong at the root and carried gaily. Pups’ tails are customarily docked to half-length.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders broad, muscular and well laid back. Forelegs short, well boned and slightly bowed.
UKC
The broad, muscular shoulders are well laid back.

Shoulder

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FCI
Broad, muscular and well laid back.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The short, well-boned forelegs are bowed.

Forearm

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FCI
Short, bowed and well boned.

FEET

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KC
Compact and strong with rounded pads. Front feet to turn out slightly from pastern.
UKC
The strong, compact feet have rounded pads. The front feet turn out slightly from the pasterns.

Forefeet

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

Hind feet

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FCI
Compact and strong with rounded pads.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong and well muscled.
KC
Strong, well muscled, with good thighs and good bend of stifle. Hocks turned neither in nor out.
UKC
The strong, well-muscled hindquarters have good thighs and good bend of stifle.

Thigh

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FCI
Well muscled.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The hocks turn neither in nor out.

Hock

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FCI
Turned neither in nor out.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Free, not hackneyed. Covers ground effortlessly with good drive behind.
KC
Free in action. Covers the ground effortlessly with good drive behind.
UKC
Movement is free, covering the ground effortlessly with good drive behind. A hackney gait is not desirable.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Medium length, of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Coat may be tidied to present a neat outline.
KC
Medium length, of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Coat may be tidied to present a neat outline.
UKC
The breed is double-coated. The harsh-textured, weather- resistant outer coat is of medium length. The undercoat is soft. The coat may be tidied to present a neat outline and the natural "rough and ready" appearance, but should never be over-groomed.

COLOUR

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FCI

  • Blue brindle but not toning to black.
  • Wheaten, from a light wheaten colour to a golden reddish shade.
Puppies may be born coloured Blue, Wheaten, or Reddish. Lighter coloured pups usually have an inky blue mask, and there may also be a streak of Blue down the back, on the tail, and on the ears. The darker markings will clear with maturity.
KC
Blue, brindle and wheaten (all shades).
UKC
Acceptable colors include brindle, blue, and wheaten. The blue should not tone to black. Wheaten ranges from a light wheaten color to a golden reddish shade. Puppies are usually born true to type in color, blue, wheaten, reddish. There may be an inky blue mask and a streak of blue down the back on the tail and on the ears. These darker markings clear with maturity.

SIZE

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KC
35-36 cms (14 ins) at the shoulder is maximum height for dogs and bitches.
UKC
Maximum height for males is fourteen (14) inches (35.5 cm), measured at the withers. Bitches may be accordingly less. Weight for males is thirty-five (35) pounds (16 kg). Bitches may be accordingly less.

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 14 inches (35,5 cm) is the maximum.
Bitches accordingly less.

Weight

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FCI

Dogs 35 lbs (16kg).
Bitches accordingly less.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Hound ears.
Undershot bite, overshot bite.
Too short in body.
Straight front.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC
Eyes: Light eyes.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC
Teeth: overshot or undershot bite.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
Black & Tan colour.
Narrow foreface.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.