The Kerry Blue Terrier Dog is not a well-known breed. These dogs were bred to hunt small game, to kill rodents, and to herd sheep and cattle. He is highly devoted to his pack or family.
The Kerry Blue Terrier dog was born in the mountainous area of County Kerry, in Ireland. Due to the abilities and tasks mentioned before, the breed was highly favored.
Nobody knows for sure when it came to America. Apparently, he appeared at the Westminster show in 1922, year in which the AKC recognized it as a breed.
With a long head and a flat skull, the Kerry Blue Terrier dog has a well-balanced body. The wavy-to-curly coat comes in several shades of blue. Puppies are born black until the coat gradually becomes blue.
Males are 18 to 19.5 inches high and females are 17.5 to 19 pounds. Both male and female weigh from 33 to 40 pounds.
This dog has plenty of energy and stamina. He is a working dog, athletic, and independent. Since he is a Terrier, he is a digger and barker. However, he is playful, funny, and sometimes even silly.
Caring for a Kerry Blue Terrier Dog
This powerful, athletic, and agile dog requires plenty of exercise. Take him out on long walks to help his muscles stay toned. He is a very tough dog but, surprisingly, is very sensitive. He does not get well along with others and will usually fight with other dogs.
The Kerry Blue Terrier dog has a mind of his own. This makes his training a little bit difficult but with a firm hand and strong leadership, it can be done. Always use positive reinforcement. Harsh treatment will affect his sensitive nature.
- His most distinctive characteristic is his coat.
- By 18 months, the coat has gone completely gray.
- The first Kerry Blues brought to America were five pets imported in 1918 or 1919.
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