Kerry Blue Terrier
- AKC recognized in 1922
- Lifespan: 13-15 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 36" dog crates*
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The Kerry Blue Terrier is a breed that originated in Ireland. This dog is also called by Irish Blue Terrier. This breed was initially used to hunt rabbits, foxes, rats, badgers, and hares.
As time went on, this dog was also used for other purposes such as herding sheep and cattle. Some people use this dog as a guard dog. Nowadays, most people commonly use Kerry Blue Terriers as a companion and working dogs.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Kerry Blue Terrier in 1922. These medium energy dogs are known as intelligent and alert. At first glance, Kerry Blue Terriers may look a bit frightening because of its weird face covered with fur.
This is made up for by what is sometimes called their 'Irish humor', a charming appeal to this breed's personality. These dogs are good with children, but best with older children.
This dog can do a lot of things such as hunting and guarding. Kerry Blue Terriers are not as good with other dogs, so owners need to keep an eye on them to avoid fighting.
Kerry Blue Terriers have a unique face, which many children will not dare to get close to because of its face and eyes being covered with long hair. All of its body is fully coated with soft hair with a short tail.
This dog has a strong bone structure and is well-developed. A male adult Kerry Blue Terrier can reach up to 20 inches high and 40 pounds in weight. The color options available are blue, black, gray, and silver.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
It is not very difficult to take care of Kerry Blue Terriers because they belong to a non-shedding dog group. It is a hypoallergenic breed, but owners should check and clean its coat and ears regularly to avoid debris and dirt from accumulating.
Owners are also encouraged to cut its hair every six weeks or so. This breed has fast-growing nails so owners also should regularly cut them to prevent cracking and overgrowth. Finally, to ensure good mouth health, regular brushing is recommended.
Kerry Blue Terrier is an active and temperamental dog. It can be a good guard dog at home. Owners can train this breed to do a lot of things such as saucer catching, fetching a ball, hunting, and much more. 45-60 minutes of moderate exercise per day will ensure good mental and physical health.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 36" dog crates* for most adult Kerry Blue Terriers.
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