Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a medium-sized dog that came from Ireland where its primary job was to control vermin on local farms. It is known by a handful of different names including the Kerry Blue Terrier, Irish Blue Terrier, Kerry, Kerry Blue and the Kerry Blue Terry. The Kerry Blue Terrier has been in existence since the 1700s and was named after Kerry, Ireland where it was commonly found. It is thought that the Kerry may have been developed by crossing such breeds as the Portuguese Water Dog, Irish Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Irish Wolfhound.

The average weight for a full grown Kerry Blue Terrier is between 33 and 40 pounds. It has a soft, wavy coat that grows continuously requiring regular grooming. Acceptable colors include black, dark blue, blue gray and various shades of brown. A groomed Kerry has short hair on the body, rounded hair on the legs, and a characteristic mustache and beard. The Kerry Blue's muzzle should be wedge-shaped, and the nose should be black. The eyes are small, serious-looking and dark in color. The small triangular ears stand erect, with half of the ear falling forward towards the face. The tail is typically docked medium length. However, this practice is illegal in many parts of Europe. The Kerry Blue is a medium-sized, muscular terrier that was bred to be a working dog. It's athletic and likes all kinds of activities and exercises, including swimming. This breed has long legs and a soft, curly coat that needs minimal attention. Its dogs have to be taped though, during development. Personality: Just as with most other terrier breeds, Kerry Blue Terriers are highly active dogs that require a lot of play and exercise. While they get along quite well with older children, they may be too much for small children to handle. Due to their strong prey instincts, Kerry Blues may not interact well with such other household pets as cats, rodents, rabbits and birds. If you are looking for a lively dog that can keep up with your active lifestyle, the Kerry Blue Terrier may be the perfect dog for you! These dogs are full of energy and love spending time with their human families. However, if you choose a Kerry Blue, make sure that you can provide it with a large area to run and play. The Kerry Blue is a playful, smart and jovial terrier that is active and protective. It has moderate exercise needs that can be satisfied with moderately long walks and/or vigorous play. It loves to be active, so if you can let it off the leash, even better. Like most terriers, the Kerry Blue can is stubborn and strong-willed. It can get aggressive towards other dogs and is reserved with strangers.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Function
Life Span
12-13 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Irish Blue Terrier, Kerry, Kerry Blue, Kerry Blue Terry, Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
13-20 in.
Length (Female)
18-20 in.
Weight
26 - 40 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Docked
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The average weight for a full grown Kerry Blue Terrier is between 33 and 40 pounds. It has a soft, wavy coat that grows continuously requiring regular grooming. Acceptable colors include black, dark blue, blue gray and various shades of brown. A groomed Kerry has short hair on the body, rounded hair on the legs, and a characteristic mustache and beard. The Kerry Blue's muzzle should be wedge-shaped, and the nose should be black. The eyes are small, serious-looking and dark in color. The small triangular ears stand erect, with half of the ear falling forward towards the face.

The tail is typically docked medium length.

However, this practice is illegal in many parts of Europe. The Kerry Blue is a medium-sized, muscular terrier that was bred to be a working dog. It's athletic and likes all kinds of activities and exercises, including swimming. This breed has long legs and a soft, curly coat that needs minimal attention. Its dogs have to be taped though, during development.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Just as with most other terrier breeds, Kerry Blue Terriers are highly active dogs that require a lot of play and exercise. While they get along quite well with older children, they may be too much for small children to handle. Due to their strong prey instincts, Kerry Blues may not interact well with such other household pets as cats, rodents, rabbits and birds. If you are looking for a lively dog that can keep up with your active lifestyle, the Kerry Blue Terrier may be the perfect dog for you! These dogs are full of energy and love spending time with their human families. However, if you choose a Kerry Blue, make sure that you can provide it with a large area to run and play.

The Kerry Blue is a playful, smart and jovial terrier that is active and protective.

It has moderate exercise needs that can be satisfied with moderately long walks and/or vigorous play. It loves to be active, so if you can let it off the leash, even better. Like most terriers, the Kerry Blue can is stubborn and strong-willed. It can get aggressive towards other dogs and is reserved with strangers.

Appearance

Colors
Black Blue Blue Gray Gray
Shedding
None
Grooming
High Maintenance
Coat Type
Curly

The Kerry's hair grows continuously requiring daily brushing and regular grooming. It is recommended that you have your Kerry's hair clipped about every six weeks to prevent the hair from becoming a tangled mess. You will also need to clean your pet's ears and trim its nails on occasion.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
Yes
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • Kerry Blues were once used for badger-baiting
  • Kerry Blue Terriers shed little to no hair making them great dogs for allergy sufferers
  • The Kerry Blue needs daily mental and physical stimulation to prevent it from getting bored and becoming destructive

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Common Health Conditions in Kerry Blue Terriers

A Kerry in perfect health can live anywhere between 12 and 13 years. This is a fairly healthy breed that typically does not suffer from any serious genetic health issues. However, there are a few conditions that the breed has been known to develop, and they are as follows: Hip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Entropion, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Hypothyroidism, Cryptorchidism and Patellar Luxation.

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