Kerry Blue Terrier Information
Originally bred for hunting and retrieving, the Kerry Blue Terrier is a frequent participant in dog shows, showing off its intelligence, agility and aptitude. In terms of appearance, the Kerry stands out for its textured, wavy coat that ranges from light to dark gray and can fade as time goes on.
If you’re thinking about welcoming a Kerry into your home, don’t worry – he’ll be a fantastic addition. The breed is people-oriented with a loving heart. They’re easy to train and get along great with other dogs and children. Perhaps it’s the Irish heritage that makes this pup such a humorous, fun-loving spirit!
Kerry Blue Terrier History
The Kerry Blue Terrier comes from the mountains of Kerry in Ireland. The story is that a blue dog swam ashore from a shipwreck and bred with the Wheaten Terriers. Though likely a myth it does appear that the breed might be related to a Portuguese Water Dog. The breed became a popular farm dog in rural Ireland.
Kerry Blue Terrier Training & Temperament
Kerries can be stubborn and are very smart. It’s good to start socialization and obedience class early to end up with a happy family dog. Once trained they do well with obedience and agility training. It’s best to socialize them with other dogs early as they tend not to do well with others without it.
Kerry Blue Terrier Exercise
Kerries enjoy a good amount of exercise from fetch to jogging. They enjoy participating in activities with their owner and are happy to lounge after getting energy out.
Kerry Blue Terrier Grooming
Kerries don’t shed, but do require brushing and trimming to keep their coat manageable. They should bee groomed every 6-8 weeks. It’s also important to clean their ears and trim their nails.
Kerry Blue Terrier Health
Kerries are mostly a healthy breed. They can be prone to eye problems and sometime get malignant growths in their skin that should be checked out.