Thinking about purchasing an Kerry Blue Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Kerry Blue Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Kerry Blue Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Kerry Blue Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Kerry Blue Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Kerry Blue Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Kerry Blue Terrier Profile
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
17.5 - 19 inches; Males: 18 - 19.5 inches.
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.
Kerry Blue Terrier 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.
Kerry Blue Terrier 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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