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Kerry Blue Terrier Puppies
Description: The Kerry Blue Terrier is gentle, lovable and intelligent. They are an all-around working and utility terrier. They are successful in herding sheep and cattle. They also excel in guarding, trailing, police work and just being playful. Kerry Blues, like their name, are a rich bluish gray color, but they don't start out that way. Kerry Blue Terriers carry what is known as the "fading gene", apparent in some breeds such as the Briard. As puppies they are born with black fur, their coats begin to change sometime between nine and twenty-four months to red, brown or gray and then to Kerry blue. They have rich, long hair on their face and a curly, gray coat. Their paws sometimes look like stumps because of the profuse curly fur going all the way down to their paws. Their beard is long and often the fur on the face covers their eyes. Outgoing, plucky and friendly towards their family, they are known to give big slurpy kisses.
Other Names: Irish Blue Terrier
Colors: Any shade
of blue, with or without black points. A small white patch on the chest should
not be penalized. Puppies are born black, and within 18 months receive the grayish
blue coloring, as well as sometimes red and brown before they turn gray.
Blue Terriers are determined, friendly, and enthusiastic. They can be stubborn
and like to challenge authority, but are trainable and extremely efficient at
their job. They are courageous, spirited, and alert. They make excellent watchdogs
and guard dogs. They are aggressive with other dogs, and are not the best breed
for being around other pets, but can be trained to do so. They love the companionship
of their humans. Kerry Blues are good with children.
Watch-dog: Very High. Kerry
Blue Terriers are very alert to their surroundings.
Care and Exercise:
Kerry Blue Terriers need regular brushing or combing with a steel comb or a
slicker brush. Bathe monthly. If shown in dog shows, they need regular clipping
and trimming with scissors and a trimmer. Kerry Blue Terriers do not shed, nor
do they have a body odor. Check ears, eyes, teeth and nails frequently for built
up dirt. Nails should also be clipped regularly. Daily exercise is essential,
which should consist of long walks on a leash and/or games off-leash, but never
around other dogs or other animals such as cats.
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 (keratoconjunctivitis sicca).
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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