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Kerry Blue Terrier Dog Breed Profile

The Kerry Blue Terrier is the national dog of Ireland.

Other Names:
'Kerry', Irish Blue Terrier

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Origin: Ireland

Breed Purpose: To hunt small game and birds. To retrieve from both land and water.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Terrier

Height: Bitch 44-48cm., Dog 46-51cm.

Weight: Both 15-18kg (bitches tend to be a little lighter)

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Exercise Needs: This little dog is a true sporting breed that needs daily walks and an occasional hike through the countryside.

Feeding Needs: The Kerry Blue Terrier is not a fussy eater. They must be fed quality food to keep the coat in good condition.

Common Ailments: This dog is very healthy and active and has no common medical conditions.

Physical Description: The overall appearance of the Kerry is one of an upstanding, compact, muscular dog with an alert attitude. They have a long head with V shaped ears and dark eyes. The neck is long, going down to a strong, level-backed body. The tail is carried upright. This dog's fame lies in the colour of its coat which is a wonderful shade of blue. The coat is dense and wavy and is silky to touch. The Kerry Blue Terrier is born solid blue-black or dark grey, with blue coloured skin. As the dog matures, so the coat changes colour to any shade of blue/grey, the darker the blue, the more stunning is the coat.

Kerry Blue Terrier K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

The Kerry Blue Terrier has all the terrier traits especially stubbornness! They are bold, brave, and intelligent and are very loyal family dogs. This dog loves children and is always ready for a game.

This is a true family dog. Due to the terrier nature, the owner must have an understanding of the breed and be able to train the dog firmly, without being harsh.

All in all, the Kerry Blue Terrier is a lovable and fun family dog.
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