Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a muscular, medium-sized dog with a curly coat. With a long muzzle, this breed is born black and later lightens to a bluish shade at around 18 months of age. This breed is known to be a great family dog and guard dog. 

 

 

Other Names
Irish Blue Terrier
Country of Origin
Ireland
Colour
Puppies are born black and transition to either a light or dark grey blue at around 18-months-old.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
This breed will measure 44 – 48cms and weigh between 10 – 15kgs.
Health
Although known as a hardy breed, some Blue Terriers are prone to Entropion, Cerebellar Abiotrophy, Hypothyroidism and Hip Dysplasia.
Life Span
12–15 years
Intelligence
With great intelligence and an extensive memory, the Kerry Blue Terrier requires regular training. They excel in ball sports and agility trials.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

Due to their active nature, this Terrier will love to eat but can generally follow a normal doggy diet.

 

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
A daily walk, jog, run or ball game is perfect for this curly companion.
Ailments
Although known as a hardy breed, some Blue Terriers are prone to Entropion, Cerebellar Abiotrophy, Hypothyroidism and Hip Dysplasia.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The Kerry Blue Terrier needs to be brushed and combed once a week and any stray heairs removed from its ear canal. This bearded bud also needs to be professionally groomed at least every six or so weeks to maintain a healthy coat. With almost zero hair shed, this breed will need a weekly bath as they are virtually odourless!

 

 

 

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
Occasional
Originating in the County of Kerry in Ireland, this breed is known as the national terrier of Ireland. They have previously been utilised as rodent hunters, livestock herders and even police work. It is believed that they were cross bred with the Portuguese Water Dog, the Spanish (or Russian) Blue Dog, the Wheaten Terrier and Irish Terriers. The Kerry Blue Terrier was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1922.


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