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Kerry Blue Terrier

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #1272015: #1242014: #128
Name Kerry Blue Terrier
Other names Kerry, Irish Blue Terrier
Origin Ireland
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1922)(UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament AffectionateAlertGentleLoyalSpiritedStrong WilledIntelligent
Height Male: 18½-20 inches (46-51 cm)Female: 17½-19 inches (44-48 cm)
Weight 33-40 pounds (15-18 kg)
Colors BlackBlueSilverGray
Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $500 - $600 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 5 starsKerry Blues are good for apartment life. They are fairly active indoors and a small yard will do.
Barking Tendencies 4 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 2 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 2 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsBeing a sporty dog, it enjoys long walks, but can go the occasional week without strenuous exercise.
Grooming 5 starsHigh Maintenance: The Kerry Blue's coat is high maintenance. It must be brushed daily and trimmed and shampooed every four to six weeks. Plan to comb a Kerry’s coat twice a week to prevent or remove any mats or tangles. The shape of the coat must be maintained with regular scissoring, usually monthly, which you can have done professionally or learn to do yourself.
Health Issues 3 starsKerries are fairly healthy, but there are some genetic disorders that are prevalent in the breed. They are prone to eye problems such as Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eyes), cataracts, and entropion. They sometimes get cysts or tumorous growths in their skin, but these are rarely malignant. Hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, cryptorchidism have also been reported occasionally.Hypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #35. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 1 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 4 starsEasy Training: Its handler must be very confident. It must be trained to ignore its natural inclination to fight other dogs. It has a knack for sports such as catch and agility training.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Daisy
02 Buddy Sasha
03 Toby Lucy
04 Sam Nala
05 Riley Coco
06 Jake Annie
07 Louie Lexi
08 Bruno Roxy
09 Oliver Luna
10 Leo Ruby
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This versatile breed has the build of a dog able to perform a variety of tasks, all requiring athletic ability. It can run, herd, trail, retrieve, swim and dispatch vermin — the ideal all-around farm companion. In keeping with this, it is not exaggerated in build. It is an upstanding, long-legged terrier with a short back, displaying strong bones and muscle. Its coat is soft, dense, and wavy, and of a distinctive blue-gray color.

A versatile terrier, the Kerry blue's personality is multifaceted. It can guard, hunt, herd or just be a fun-loving companion. It needs daily mental and physical activity in a safe area. It loves to run, chase, hunt, explore, play and dig. Indoors, it is well-mannered. It can be protective toward strangers yet greet verified friends with great enthusiasm. It is apt to be aggressive toward other dogs and small animals. It is clever and independent, often stubborn. Some tend to bark.

The origin of the Kerry Blue Terrier has been the subject of many theories but its true ancestors will probably never be known. The Kerry is one of three long-legged terrier breeds developed in Ireland by crofters who needed all-purpose farm dogs, capable of herding, guarding, hunting, retrieving, and vermin control. Many people consider that one of these breeds, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, is an ancestor of the Kerry Blue Terrier. It is also believed the Irish Wolfhound contributed to the development of this breed. Notwithstanding the romantic tales of this breed’s origin, the Kerry was first known as a distinct breed by the end of the 19th century. The “Irish Blue Terrier,” as it was called was first shown in Britain shortly before World War I, and the first Kerries were imported into the United States just after that war. Kerry Blue Terriers have been used to do nearly every canine job, including hunting, herding, and police/military work. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1922.
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