Named for a specific valley located in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, the Glen of Imaal terrier has an interesting past. It is said that the region from which this breed originates is considered to be one of the most remote. This terrier breed is believed to be a cousin to three other terriers, including the soft coated Wheaten, the Kerry blue, and the Irish terrier. Researchers agree that the geographic isolation of the Glen of Imaal is important to the evolution of the breed. It is said that in the late 16th century, approximately 1570, Queen Elizabeth I of England was concerned with a rebellion in Ireland. Because she did not have an official army and lacked money to pay soldiers, she hired Flemish and Lowland soldiers to help her with the trouble in Ireland and paid them with tracts of barren land located in the Wicklow Mountains. The men were happy to accept the land as payment and settled within the Glen of Imaal. It is believed that these soldiers brought their dogs with them..... Find out more about this dog breed.
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