Kerry Blue Terrier, also known as Irish Blue Terrier is a loving and lively, medium sized dog. These playful and highly intelligent dogs can be boisterous at times. This is a comparatively uncommon breed of dogs.
Originating from Ireland, Kerry Blue Terrier dog breed is believed to have descended from the Irish Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier dog breeds. These dogs used to serve as excellent herding, retrieving, game hunting and guarding dogs in earlier times.
Nowadays, they are used for police work, agility, obedience training etc. They also make for wonderful companion dogs.
Kerry Blue Terrier breed dogs are characterized by a muscular and balanced body accompanied by long legs. They tend to have small and dark eyes. The proportionate ears are moderately thick and V-shaped. The wide, black colored nose has large nostrils.
Color: Kerry Blue Terrier puppies are usually born with a black hair coat that goes on to develop deep slate grey blue to light blue color.
Height: On an average, Kerry Blue Terrier breed dogs are 18.5 to 20 inches in height. The bitches are generally 17.5 to 19 inches in height.
Weight: The ideal weight for Kerry Blue Terriers ranges between 33 to 40 pounds.
Health problems like Hypothyroidism, Hip Dysplasia, progressive movement disorders (particularly, Progressive Neuronal Abiotrophy) and skin problems like cysts and hair follicle tumors are commonly seen in Kerry Blue Terrier dog breed.
These dogs are also prone to certain genetic disorders like Entropion, Dry Eye, Juvenile Cataract etc. Other common health issues in these dogs are Spiculosis (ingrown hair), Cryptorchidism and other related problems.
Besides, lack of proper care and attention can give rise to ear infections, periodontal diseases and other similar problems.
Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of these dogs is 12 to 15 years.
Litter Size: The average Kerry Blue Terrier litter size is 4 to 8 puppies.
The dense, soft and wavy Kerry Blue Terrier hair coat requires regular grooming. It should be brushed and combed at least once in a week’s time to maintain its silky texture. There is no undercoat and therefore there is little to no shedding of the hair coat. Consequently, the coat needs regular clipping every six weeks.
To keep them clean, these dogs can be bathed on a weekly basis. The areas around the eyes, ears and beard should also be cleaned from time to time in order to avoid infections.
Kerry Blue Terrier is a high spirited, intelligent, courageous, loyal, fun loving, affectionate, good natured, protective, humorous and energetic dog. However, these dogs can be stubborn and tenacious at times. Consistent training and early socialization are quite necessary to keep these dogs disciplined.
They are usually gentle with small children and tend to get along well with other pets in the house. These attention seeking dogs usually entertain their owners with their witty and funny activities. The bold and alert Kerry Blue Terrier dogs make for good watchdogs. Unless proved, they generally do not attack strangers.
These lively and cheerful dogs are well suited for apartment situation. They are highly active indoors and hence can meet their activity needs by playing in a small sized yard. In fact, the energetic Kerry Blue Terriers play retrieving games quite enthusiastically.
Daily walks are also necessary to keep them in good health. Kerry Blue Terrier dogs require experienced dog owners capable of understanding the emotional as well as physical needs of these dogs.