Kerry Blue Terriers


Kerry Blue Terriers

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Breed Notes

The Kerry Blue Terrier was first noticed in the mountain region of County Kerry in Ireland by visitors from the outside in the early 1800s. Today he is the national dog of the Republic of Ireland where he is known as the Irish Blue. His exact ancestry is unknown but he has been used to hunt small game and birds, to retrieve from land and water alike, and to herd sheep and cattle. His short, wavy, slate-blue colored coat is unique amongst terriers. This is one breed of dogs that does not shed its coat. Nor does it have a "doggy" odor. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1924.
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a friendly dog that makes an excellent house pet. He is not nervous like other terriers nor does he bark without cause.
The head of the Kerry Blue is long but in proportion with the rest of the body. The skull is flat with a very slight drop off (stop) between the skull and muzzle. The ears are v-shaped, set high on the skull and folded over slightly above the level of the skull. They are carried close to the cheek. The eyes are dark and small with a keen terrier expression. The jaws are deep, strong and muscular. The bite is level or scissors. The neck is moderately long. The chest is deep and moderately wide. The legs are moderately long and straight with good bone and muscle. The pasterns are short, straight and barely noticeable. The feet are round and small. The back is short, strong and level. The tailset is high and the tail is docked to a medium length. It is carried gaily erect. The coat is soft, dense, and wavy. Coat color is black on puppies but fades to a slate-blue by about the age of eighteen months. Darker or black coat may appear on the adult muzzle, head, ears, tail and feet. Coat on the muzzle is longer than on the rest of the head, forming a bushy beard. Coats of Kerry Blues being shown in Ireland may not be trimmed. Elsewhere, the dogs are exhibited with a sculptured, scissored coat. Average height is between seventeen-and-one-half inches and nineteen-and-one-half inches. Average weight is between thirty and forty pounds.


kathlee103@aol.com of Michigan writes:

Sweet, athletic, and friendly Terriers.
I got my first Kerry Blue Terrier about five months ago. He is a wonderful dog. He is a great family dog. Everyone in our house loves him. He is very energetic and will play for hours if we let him. Very smart , and he learns commands easily, although he can be stubborn about following commands sometimes. We have another dog and three cats, and although you read many things about Kerries not getting along with cats or dogs, ours gets along wonderfully with our other animals. His coat takes quite a bit of grooming; if you like that kind of work the Kerry is a great dog for you. I did a lot of research before getting my dog, and it paid off &shyp; the Kerry Blue Terrier is the breed for me. He is a wonderful show dog and family pet. If you want a sweet but challenging breed of dog the Kerry may be the dog for you.


Name withheld by request of Rochester, NY writes on 9/18/01:

Great working dog with a terrier spirit.
I own a four year old Kerry Blue Terrier I show in obedience and agility. He has a great sense of humor, tons of energy and drive, and a gentle spirit with people. Down side (if there is one) is that he loves to chase cats and will get aggressive with other dogs if allowed. He needs a firm but fair owner and is always ready to challenge me to think of new ways to convince him that he should do things my way (such as in obedience or the agility course, or even around the house). Plan to spend lots of time grooming and exercising a Kerry, but also plan to have a new best friend always willing to go for a walk or play a game.


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