The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
Owners and Breeders Association
(Formerly known as the Glen of Imaal Terrier Owners and Breeders Association)
(Formerly known as the Glen of Imaal Terrier)
Approved by the Irish Kennel Club Ltd.


GENERAL APPEARANCE: Medium sized with medium length of coat, great strength with the impression of maximum substance for the size of the dog.  Body longer than high and low to the ground.  
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, of fair length a foreface of power. Nose black. A pronounced stop, tapering to the nose.
EYES: Brown, medium size, round, well set apart.  Light eyes should be penalized.
EARS:  Small, rose or half pricked when alert, thrown back in repose. Full drop or prick undesirable.
MOUTH: Jaws strong, teeth sound, regular, strong, good size, scissor bite.
NECK: Very muscular and of moderate length.
FOREQUARTERS Shoulders broad, muscular and well laid back.  Forelegs short, bowed and well boned.
BODY:  Deep and long, and longer than high.  Topline level.  Strong loin, ribs well sprung.  Chest wide and strong.
HINDQUARTERS: Strong and well muscled, with good thighs and good bend of stifle.  Hocks turned neither in nor out.
FEET: Compacted and strong with rounded pads.  Front feet to turn out slightly from pasterns.
TAIL: Docked, strong at root, well set and carried gaily.  (Pups tails docked to half-length).
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Free not hackneyed.  Covers the ground effortlessly with good drive behind.
COAT: Medium length, of harsh texture with a soft undercoat.  Coat may be tidied to present neat outline.
COLOUR: Blue brindle but not toning to black.  Wheaten - from light wheaten colour to a golden reddish shade.
PUPPIES: Puppies usually born true to type.  In colour wheaten, reddish, blue.  Masks are usually an inky blue; there may be a streak of blue down the back, on tail and ears.  The darker markings will clear with maturity.
WEIGHT/SIZE:  14 inches (35.5 cm) at the shoulder is the maximum height for dogs.  Weight 35 lbs. (16 kg), bitches accordingly less.
Black and Tan highly objectionable.
Hound ears.
Undershot bite, overshot bite, wry mouth.
Too short in body.
Straight front.
Narrow foreface unacceptable.  


There are only two colors in the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier also known and called The Glen of Imaal Terrier.  These colours are Blue/brindle but not toning to black and Wheaten from light Golden colour to a Golden reddish shade.  The colour of Black and Tan NEVER WAS IN THE BREED.  It cannot be registered as Blue/brindle and should not be bred or shown and should not be awarded any prizes in Shows.  The clause governing puppies states – ‘puppies are born true to type, in colour wheaten, reddish, blue.  Masks are usually and inky blue, there may be a streak of blue down the back, on tail and ears.  The darker markings will clear with maturity.  Black in an adult coat is a very serious fault.   Black and tan is described as a black coat with tan points, i.e., tan stockings, tan eyebrows and on the face of the dog.  Tan on the back legs and on the tail and underneath the dog.

Blue/brindle has Blue hair with tan hairs through the coat.  When a blue brindle is stripped out the underhair will darken to an inky blue and will lighten as the hair grows.  Wheaten when stripped out darkens to a deep red and lightens out.  Dilutions may occur when mating blue/brindle to Wheaten, blue (slate-blue) and silver blue may occur and on occasions light wheaten.  Black and tan is not the old description of the breed – i.e. slate and tan (the colour of slates in the rain).  Also described as brindled.  There will be no changes in the colour clause in the standard it will remain as Blue/brindle and Wheaten.  The F.C.I. accepts the Irish Standard of Points worldwide.

For the Executive Committee, 
Eithne Cleary, Hon. Secretary to the Executive.  

Copyright held by the Irish Kennel Club Ltd., and the
Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier Owners and Breeders Association.
(formerly known as the Glen of Imaal Terrier Owners and Breeders Association.
This standard cannot be reproduced without written permission.


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