Glen of Imaal Terrier Health

    In line with the Kennel Club’s "primary commitment to the health and welfare of dogs" we are undertaking to monitor Glen of Imaal Terrier health …... and we cannot do this without your help!

Please visit our HEALTH STRATEGY page to see what you can do to help us monitor the health of this lovely breed.

We will also be producing Surveys & Health Reports that are AVAILABLE TO ALL

The EFG operates an informed consent database. All information sent to the Breed Health Co-ordinator remains confidential unless the owner specifically authorizes release of the information into the public domain. Owners are encouraged to release all information, realising it is in the ultimate health interests of the breed. For those not quite ready to accept open sharing of information, there is still value in submitting their results. All test information entered into the database is available in aggregate for research and statistical reporting purposes, but does not disclose identification of individual dogs.

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Achondroplasia isn’t something newly developed. It has probably been around for thousands of years and occured due to an early gene mutation in the evolution of the domestic dog. It’s part of Glen of Imaal Terrier history so give it a read!


Glen of Imaal Terriers are, by design, achrondroplastic. This means they are a dwarf breed so have shorter legs and a bigger body. This does cause the front legs to bend around the chest and the feet to turn out but it should not be in an excessive way. Feet placed around the 10 to 2 - 5 to 1 position are ideal whilst ¼ to 3 would be rather excessive and probably cause problems in later life due to the pressure on the “ankle” joints.

The longer body of a Glen doesn’t seem to cause any back problems (disc or spine) but this bigger body with the short legs does mean that growth plate problems are sometimes experienced. The weight of the dog on the ankle, elbow or shoulder joints can cause lameness if sudden shocks are experienced. Normal walking on a lead should be no problem at all to a young Glen of Imaal Terrier but jumping, running up and downstairs or a bit too much rough-housing may find a Glen under, say, fifteen months inexplicably limping. Usually rest is sufficient but if there are any doubts do make an appointment at the vet

Glen of Imaal Terriers are an old-fashioned breed with a superb double coat. This makes them incredibly weatherproof AS LONG as that coat is retained. If it is clipped off the Glen will possibly take less looking after but it will have lost something that contributed so much to its hardy reputation. So, if possible, do consider keeping your Glen in its own coat & then it most certainly won’t need one buying!