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    Glen of Imaal Terrier

    Bit of a random one.... We are about to take delivery (not in the post hopefully) of a Glen of Imaal terrier.

    I was wondering if it would be possible to train a dog such as this to work as a deer dog?

    The breed itself hails from County Wicklow in Ireland and are generally a very unknown breed in England. They were originally bred for hunting badgers so although they are not the tallest of dogs they are supposed to be hard as nails when they need to be.

    I know there are the generally accepted breeds for this sort of thing but can other breeds work effectively enough to warrant training?



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    Yep. One of the best deer dogs I ever seen was a scruffy little terrier. Heinz 57 variety.

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    My friend had one and only used it for digging to fox, I have no doubt it would track deer, but as with most terriers their willingness to work for anyone but themselves is lacking. It will do the job and you maybe lucky to get one that excels but don't expect to much, it won't be a labrador. But you only get out what you put in so try to get it wanting to please from a young age and keep it steady, you will have a handy dog

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ID:	6935I had a glenn a few years ago, like a staffy on steriods absolute nightmare with other dogs. Spent most of her life in a muzzle, would see another dog in a car, and she would chew the doors of trying to get at it

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    Like all breeds some lines'll work well and others not at all. Does yours have any working history in the pedigree?

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    Along with Irish Wheaten Terriers they have the reputation of being utter psychopaths, and as above, they can be very hard on other dogs.

    Good luck with it.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    my bitch came from a guy i used to know, who had 4 bitches and 2 dogs all from working stock. I tried mine on fox but found her too big for the earths and much too hard to control. I used to take her to lurcher shows, and even the staffy men wouldent come near lol. I was told that the bitches for working, and the dogs for fighting and life got so much better when she passed away

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    oh yeah fully agree, it was a psyco, absolute maniac, but clever with it, which probably makes it worse!

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    Wow I am almost shocked we are talking about the same breed.......

    We visited the breeder yesterday and she has 8 or 10 Glens and they were all fantastic! They were playful, affectionate and seamed to enjoy each others company.... We have been warned to make sure that they socialise with other dogs early but I think that can be said about quite a few breeds, but I can see the importance of it with such a powerful dog.

    The breeder had a male that was pushing 55 lbs, quite impressive on a dog that's under a foot tall!!

    I will post some photo's once I work out how.

    I will also ask about if its from a working line, we decided on the dog last year after meeting a few but had no intentions originally to work him.

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    If it's the breeder I think it probably is they have never been worked. You need to talk to somebody who has some knowledge of working Glens (there are a few still).
    PM me and I'll put you in touch

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