Kerry Blue Terrier
- Dog Breed Group
- Terrier Dogs
- Origin of Breed
- Ireland, guard dog and hunting dog.
- Life Expectancy
- 12 - 15 Years
- Any shade of blue, with or without black points
- Soft, spiky, plentiful and wavy.
- Exercise Needs
- Daily exercise is essential which should consist of long walks on a leash and or games off-leash.
- The Kerry Blue Terrier is gentle, lovable and intelligent. He is also determined, friendly and enthusiastic.
- Good with Children
- Patient and protective of children. May not be advisable to keep with other male dogs as he will not back down from a fight. Soc
- Grooming Needs
- Regular brushing or combing with a steel comb or a slicker brush. Bathe monthly. If shown he needs regular clipping and trimming
- Average Size - Male (in)
- 18 - 19.5
- Average Size - Female (in)
- 17.5 - 19
- Average Weight - Male (lbs)
- 33 - 40
- Average Weight - Female (lbs)
- Proportionately Less
- Health Issues
- Cataracts, blood disorders, hair-follicle tumors, tear deficiency.v
- Living Conditions
- A house with a yard is preferable but is not essential if he can receive enough exercise.
The Kerry Blue Terrier is an all-round working and utility terrier. He is successfull in herding sheep and cattle. He has rich long hair on his face and a curly gray coat. Outgoing and friendly towards his family, he is known to give big slurpy kisses. Puppies are born black and their coats begin to change sometime between nine and twenty-four months to red, brown or gray and then Kerry blue. Developed in the 1700's by Irish shepherds his name comes from the county of Kerry in south-western Ireland. Crossed between the Irish terrier and Dandie Dinmont, he was originally used as a companion, farm dog, guard dog and hunting dog. Known to dispatch rats and other barnyard vermin he was also a good retriever fetching prey from the water.
The Kerry Blue Terrier makes a wonderful companion animal.
Although the Kerry Blue is happy to be a companion animal, it needs plenty of mental stimulation as well as physical exercise.
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