The Glen of Imaal Terrier was initially designed to get rid of vermin and to hunt foxes and badgers. He’s the least known of the four breeds of terrier that come from Ireland. He also had a unique job…as a turnspit dog. A turnspit was a big wheel that he paddled and it would turn a spit on a fire. So he helped cook food.

When he hunts, he’s quiet, agile, focused and active. When he’s with his family, he’s docile and is a great pet, especially for older children. He’s the only Irish terrier that isn’t defined by one colour. He can be brindle, blue or wheaten. His coat is harsh and needs to be stripped twice each year. He also needs hair removed from his ears, between his pads and under his tail. He’s 12 – 14.5 inches in height.