Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
|General Appearance||Medium-sized with medium-length coat, great strength with impression of maximum substance for the size of dog.
Body longer than high.
|Characteristics||Active, agile and silent when working. Native of County Wicklow and named after the Glen of Imaal.|
|Temperament||Game and spirited with great courage when called upon, otherwise gentle and docile.|
|Head and Skull||Of good width and fair length with powerful foreface. Muzzle to taper towards nose. Well defined stop. Nose black.|
|Eyes||Brown, medium size, round and set well apart. Light eyes undesirable.|
|Ears||Small, rose or half pricked when alert, thrown back when in repose. Full drop or prick undesirable.|
|Mouth||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.|
|Neck||Very muscular and of moderate length.|
|Forequarters||Shoulders broad, muscular and well laid back. Forelegs short, bowed and well boned.|
|Body||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.
|Hindquarters||Strong, well muscled, with good thighs and good bend of stifle. Hocks turned neither in nor out.|
|Feet||Compact and strong with rounded pads. Front feet to turn out slightly from pastern.|
|Tail||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.
|Gait/Movement||Free in action. Covers the ground effortlessly with good drive behind.|
|Coat||Medium length, of harsh texture with soft undercoat. Coat may be tidied to present a neat outline.|
|Colour||Blue, brindle and wheaten (all shades).|
|Size||35-36 cms (14 ins) at the shoulder is maximum height for dogs and bitches.|
|Faults||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.
|Notes||Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.|