Kerry Blue

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The Kerry Blue is a member of the Terrier group and hails from County Kerry; he had been purebred in County Kerry for more than a hundred years. Known for his superior working and hunting skills, the Kerry Blue is used for hunting small game and birds, and for retrieving from land as well as water.

Kerry Blues are unmistakable due to their distinctive colouring – blue-grey. Their coats are, unlike many terrier breeds, soft, thick and wavy without an under layer.

Kerry Blues have a noble, lively, intelligent features, they are compact, spirited dogs that move freely and powerfully.

They originated in the 19th century. The Kerry Blue terrier was first observed in the mountains of Kerry, hence the name of the breed. Legend has is that in 1588 a ship from The Spanish Armada near sinking took refuge at an inlet on The Dingle Coast. The crew landed in Dingle and brought the cargo, which included several pure Kerry Blues destined for the New World.

There is a romantic story of a blue dog swimming ashore from the shipwreck: the coat of this dog was so lovely that it was mated with all the female Wheaten Terriers in Kerry, producing the Kerry Blue. Perhaps this story is not entirely myth as the Portuguese Water Dog is often suggested as part of the Kerry's make up.

Subsequently the survivors took to the ways of the Dingle lifestyle and so did the Kerry Blues. The Blue Terrier temperate is, faithful, energetic, but also a stubborn personality, smart and playful. Very alert to strangers and other animals, awareness of prevention is very strong.

The Kerry Blue Terrier has a tough exterior, but hides a tender heart; if you train one at an early age to train it will be the best playmate for a child and guardian. Puppies are born black; the blue appears gradually as the puppy grows older, usually up to 2 years of age.

They are strong-headed and highly spirited. They have always been loyal and affectionate towards their owners and very gentle towards children but were often considered downright mean toward other animals including other dogs.

Kerry Blue Terriers, in general, are delightful characters, and are lively, entertaining, and very loyal. They crave for constant love and attention from you and your family members.

Dogs should measure between 46 - 48cms and weigh between 15 – 17kgs. Bitches should ideally measure between 44 – 46cms and weigh 15kgs. Dogs should measure between 46 - 48cms and weigh between 15 – 17kgs. Bitches should ideally measure between 44 – 46cms and weigh 15kgs.

The coat is the key feature of the Kerry. It is soft and wavy with no undercoat. The texture is similar to that of fine human hair and like human hair does not shed but continues to grow throughout the year. This means the Kerry Blue requires very regular grooming (at least once per week) and clipping an average of every 6 weeks.

As a long-legged breed, the activity level of the Kerry Blue Terrier ranges from moderate to high. They require an active, skilled owner who can provide them with early socialization and obedience training. Kerrie’s require daily exercise.

Kerrie’s are fairly healthy; however there are some genetic disorders that are prevalent in the breed. They are prone to eye problems such as dry eyes, cataracts, and entropion. They sometimes get cysts or cancerous growths in their skin, but these are rarely malignant.

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