Glen of Imaal Terrier Dog Breed Health Issues, Grooming, and Living Conditions
Health Issues: On the whole the Glen of Imaal Terrier is a very healthy dog with a life expectancy of 13-14 years. A few things that can suffer from though are PRA, or progressive retina atrophy, this is a disease of the eye that can lead to blindness. There have been a few cases of hip dysplasia and one recorded case of a heart problem. They are also susceptible to flea allergies.
Grooming: The Glen of Imaal Terrier sheds little to no hair which makes grooming them pretty easy. They will need to be brushed occasionally, and the hair on their feet and underside of their tail may need to be trimmed now and then and their ears plucked. They will need to be hand beaten every 6 months, as well, and should only be bathed when they need it.
Living Conditions: They are best suited to having a garden but would do well well in an apartment, they can be fairly active indoors and do need a good walk every day and then some extra play time on top of this. They are playful dogs and get on well with children, however they should not be left alone with smaller animals such as hamsters of gerbils as by nature they are hunters and they could get carried away.
If the Glen of Imaal Terrier feel that they are the ones in charge they will try to run the household and will become stubborn and head strong. However, if properly trained they make fantastic family pets that love to learn new things and to please their owners.
Source by Scott Allan Lipe