Kerry Blue Terrier Dog Breed
- General Appearance:
- The Kerry Blue is a sturdy breed of dog with a muscular and powerful body. They have very distinctive flat skulls and a deep chest and a curly or wavy coat. A soft, wavy and dense coat, the Kerry Blue Terrier requires much upkeep to keep the hair beautiful. Beard should remain longer, and body should be trimmed well rounded and tidy. Kerry Blues are unmistakable due to their distinctive colouring – blue-grey. They are upstanding, well-put-together terriers with short, straight backs and a good depth of chest. They are compact, spirited dogs who move freely and powerfully.
- Other Names:Irish Blue Terrier
- Country Of Origin:Ireland
- Dog Group Kennel Club:Terrier
- When fully grown, Kerry Blues should be shade of blue with or without black points.
- Kerry Blues are high spirited, determined and alert at the same time as being loyal and affection.
They are known to be good with children but no necessarily with other dogs. They have moderate to high exercise requirements. Can be somewhat dog aggressive, but should be socialized around others at puppyhood to avoid any future concerns. The Kerry Blue Terrier is an intelligent breed that loves a playful activity will surely make training a breeze. This dog is fairly independent however and should always be given a range of activity.
- Free and powerful.
- Care and training:
- Requiring grooming every six weeks, the Kerry Blue Terrier requires a lot of coat maintenance. Ear hair plucking is required as this breed is prone to ear infections and dirty ears. A very light shedder, this breed should be brushed and combed every week to keep coat silky, tangle free, and presentable. Bathing every week is required for this dog or their beard will become very dirty.
They can be bathed regularly using mild shampoo, and the coat needs to be brushed through to prevent it from knotting up.
The Kerry Blue Terrier is an intelligent and active breed and is eager to please. However, consistent training, a firm hand, and a wide variety of training methods is a must if this dog is to become well mannered and polite. Owner must be confident and firm if this breed is to excel in obedience training.
- Overall Exercise:
- 60 - 80 minutes per day.
Whilst they enjoy long, exciting walks, they will adapt to curtailed exercise for short periods of time.
- Feeding Requirements:
- It will cost around £4 per week to feed a Kerry Blue.
- Personal Protection:High
- Suitability As Guard Dog:High
- Level of Aggression:Medium
- Compatibility With Other Animals:Low
- Suitability for Children:Medium
- Often Docked?Yes
- Average Litter Size:4-8
- Life Expectancy (yrs):12-15
- Health issues:
- Kerry Blues are unfortunately prone to several genetic disorders. Of these are cerebellar abiotrophy, cataracts, blood disorders, hair-follicle tumors, and tear deficiency. Other health concerns include spiculosis (disorder of the hair), entropion, hip dysplasia and dry eyes
- Kerry Blue Terriers were developed in the 1700s by Irish shepherds. The first documented records of the breed did not appear until the late 1800s, however. Their name comes from the county of Kerry in south-western Ireland in the Ring of Kerry. Kerry Blues are thought to be related to the Bedlington Terrier, Irish Terrier and Bull Terrier. Some say that the Irish Wolfhound also contributed to the breed. Legend tells of a shipwreck in the Tralee Bay in
the 1700s, from which survivors swam to the County Kerry coast. Here, a certain blue terrier survived along with the men. The dog was said to be so vicious that it defeated any opponent in its path, thus earning it the right to start its own breed lineage. That it did, breeding with various local dogs to create pups with a dark blue coat and the temperament of a terrier. Crossed between the Irish Terrier and Dandie Dinmont Terrier, they were originally used as a companion, farm dog, guard dog and hunting dog. Known to dispatch rats and other barnyard vermin, they were also a good retriever fetching prey from the water. One spectator stated that the Kerry Blue Terrier is the only terrier that "will tackle an otter single-handed in deep water " The Kerry Blue Terrier is one of three of Ireland's long legged terriers.