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Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a breed that is devoted and highly intelligent. This breed's non-shedding coat makes him an ideal pet for those with allergies.


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Physical Characteristics
  • Most distinguishing characteristic is the coat - soft, dense and wavy fur
  • Muscular, medium size
  • Long legs
  • Sturdy head with abundant whiskers, beard and eyebrows
  • Muzzle and skull are equal in length
  • V-shaped ears
  • Height: 17.5-19.5 inches
  • Weight: 30-40 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 12-15 years
Temperament
  • Energetic, playful, loving, alert, rambunctious, faithful, willful
  • Interaction with people: Good companion dog
  • Interaction with animals: Good with other pets if socialized early
  • Training: Needs firm obedience training and early socialization. Excellent memory with a gift for leaning tricks and sports
  • Protection: Good watchdog; very protective
Medical Conditions
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • OK for apartments
  • Needs small fenced yard
  • Needs daily walks or runs
  • An active and intelligent breed that likes to have a job
Grooming
  • Nonshedder; hypoallergenic
  • Hair needs to be pulled from the ear canal to prevent infection
  • Coat needs to be trimmed every four weeks
  • Needs to be trimmed every four weeks
  • Needs weekly brushing and bathing
Other Facts
  • Official symbol of the Kerry Country
  • Born black and change color at least once as they grow; generally reach and maintain solid gray at 18 months
Breed History
  • Originated in the 1700s in County Kerry, a southwestern county of the Republic of Ireland
  • Historically used as a small game hunter, herder, retriever, farm dog and watchdog
  • Breed arrived in U.S. in late 1800s
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club For breed rescue opportunities, visit USKBTC Rescue
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