World's Rarest Domesticated Dog Breed:
With only 500-600 registered in the U.S., and about 35 in the U.K., the Glen Of Imaal Terrier is easily the rarest breed of domesticated dog in the world. In fact, there are now more giant pandas in the world than this Irish-bred canine.
Like most Terriers, the Glen Of Imaal was bred to hunt small game. Glens take advantage of their smaller size to enter the underground lairs of their prey. They are known to be more than a match for the badger, an animal famous for its aggressive nature. Although you can't find them on the top 10 smartest dogs list, Glens still possess great intelligence, especially when it comes to escaping the confines of your yard!
As far as personality goes, the Glen Of Imaal is generally your typical terrier: fiesty, independent, stubborn, clever, and impulsive. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, requiring a dedicated owner who doesn't spend a lot of time away from home.
Why Is The Glen Of Imaal The Rarest Domesticated Dog?
For one thing, many people do not even know that this breed exists. In addition, the breeding stock is extremely low, making it difficult to repopulate the breed in a timely fashion. Years ago, the Glen was quite popular, but for unknown reasons it has dwindled in numbers, making it the dog most likely to go extinct within the next 10 years.
What Does The Glen Of Imaal Cost?
It may surprise you to learn that you can own a Glen Of Imaal Terrier for as little as $500-$600 (but of course there is a very long waiting list). Why so cheap? Well, most of the reputable breeders are more interested in furthering the breed properly than they are in making a huge profit. Good for them!
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