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Kerry Blue Terrier

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Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terriers have thick and wavy coats. They are soft to the touch and have a blue-gray coloring. Puppies are usually born black with a blue hue to the skin color. The coat color lightens as the dog develops to a mature adult. The long, well-balanced head has a smooth forehead and a delicate stop. They should have an abundance of whiskers and a beard. The obvious eyebrows should reach the bridge of the nose. The triangular shaped ears should fold forward and the eyes should be dark. The gums, roof of the mouth and nose should be black and the teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The strong neck should merge into sloping shoulders. The body should have a level topline, a deep chest and well-sprung ribs. The forelegs should be straight and the large hindlegs should be well-developed. The hocks should be close to the ground and the dewclaws should be removed. The feet are small and round. The tail should be erect and carried high.

Temperament Kerry Blue Terriers are boisterous, vivacious, alert, uninhibited and playful dogs. They enjoy roughhousing and are excellent with children. They are very loyal and affectionate with their families and visitors. They also get along with other household pets if raised with them. However, they should also be supervised. This breed can become aggressive towards other dogs. Because of their aggression, they should be extensively socialized. If properly trained, they will only attack if provoked.
Height, Weight Male Height: 18-20" ; Weight: 33-40 lbs.
Female Height: 17-19" ; Weight: 33-40 lbs.
Health Problems They are prone to hip dysplasia, PNA, cerebellar abiotrophy, cataracts, entropion and hair follicle tumors.
Living Conditions Kerry Blues will do great living in an apartment and do fine with a small yard.
Exercise This breed needs to accompany their handler for long walks often.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This breed should be groomed about every six weeks. They need to have their ears cleared of hair often as to prevent infections. Brush and bathe weekly. This breed sheds little or no hair and is good for allergy sufferers. Clean their beard after meals.
Origin The Kerry Blue Terrier originated from the mountainous regions of County Kerry, Ireland during the 1700s. They have been pure-bred in this region for over 180 years and received the "Blue" part of their name from their skin color. They were used as small game hunters, retrievers, and flock herders. They have also been used recently in police work. The development of this breed is unknown; however, some believe that Portuguese Water Dogs contributed to the Kerry Blue Terriers coat. Others believe that they were developed from old black terriers, Spanish (or Russian) "Blue Dog", Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Wolfhounds and Irish Terriers. The Kerry Blue Terrier is the national terrier of Ireland and is a symbol of Ireland. In 1922, the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club was founded, in 1924 the breed was recognized by the AKC and in 1948, they were recognized by the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier