Male: 33-40; Female: 30-35 lbs
Male: 18-19.5; Female: 17.5-19 inches
any shade of blue-gray in mature (over 18 months) dog; immature dogs may be very dark blue or have tinges of brown
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a playful, vivacious, alert, and boisterous breed. Will bring a lot of joy to the lives of many. This breed makes a good companion animal, and is generally good with other animals if properly introduced. The Kerry Blue Terrier does show protective instincts, and does make a good watchdog, however will not attack unless provoked.
A stubborn dog that loves a challenge. Is quick to obey, but does require a variety of training exercises to avoid boredom. The Kerry Blue Terrier does enjoy roughhousing but should be supervised with small children if child pesters. Friendly around strangers and family, this breed will liven up any dull moment.
Can be somewhat dog aggressive, but should be socialized around others at puppyhood to avoid any future concerns. The Kerry Blue Terrier is an intelligent breed that loves a playful activity will surely make training a breeze. This dog is fairly independent however and should always be given a range of activity.
Requiring grooming every six weeks, the Kerry Blue Terrier requires a lot of coat maintenance. Ear hair plucking is required as this breed is prone to ear infections and dirty ears. A very light shedder, this breed should be brushed and combed every week to keep coat silky, tangle free, and presentable. Bathing every week is required for this dog or their beard will become very dirty.
A soft, wavy and dense coat, the Kerry Blue Terrier requires much upkeep to keep the hair beautiful. Beard should remain longer, and body should be trimmed well rounded and tidy.
The Kerry Blue Terrier is an intelligent and active breed and is eager to please. However, consistent training, a firm hand, and a wide variety of training methods is a must if this dog is to become well mannered and polite. Owner must be confident and firm if this breed is to excel in obedience training.
Long walks are enjoyed by this high energy breed, however since this breed has a long coat, proper water should always be available. The Kerry Blue Terrier can thrive with a small amount of exercise, or one long walk per week, however he does enjoy walks with his companion.
Help reduce the number of Kerry Blue Terrier puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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