Kerry Blue Terrier

Description

The Kerry Blue Terrier has a very appealing appearance. The breed is also strong and very well developed. The coat of the breed is particularly attractive. It is short on most parts of the body and wavy. The breed has more fur on its legs and face. The fur on its face is unique in that it becomes profuse from the eyes to the bottom of the chin. Its muzzle and head are elongated. The ears are set high and somewhat small. It has a large nose and small eyes; both dark. Its neck is thicker at the base of the shoulders and is well muscled. The chest is deep, but average in width. It does not have a very long back. The tail stands straight up in the air. The front legs are straight and the back legs are well angled.

Temperament

There is a lot to like about the Kerry Blue Terrier. As long as the breed is socialized as a puppy, it should get along with everyone its household. While it is not aggressive or vicious, supervision is recommended whenever the breed interacts with young children or other dogs. Play is a top priority with this breed and it will seek to entertain when it has the chance. The Kerry Blue Terrier tends to be independent, but usually responds favorably to training. The breed is loving and protective toward its family and enjoys spending time with them.

Height and Weight

The male and female King Blue Terrier vary only in height. Males are an average 18-20 inches and females are typically 17-19 inches tall. Both types weigh about 33-40 pounds.

Health Problems

The most serious health problems associated with the Kerry Blue Terrier is Progressive Neuronal Abiotrophy (PNA).This is a fatal genetic disease, but there are indicative in place to try and limit the number of breeds that develop the condition. The breed may also develop hip dysplasia, cataracts, and entropion.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Kerry Blue Terrier can live just about anywhere. It is active whether it resides indoors or outdoors. If the breed is kept outdoors, a small to medium size yard is sufficient.

Exercise

The good news about the Kerry Blue Terrier is that it does not require a significant amount of exercise. The breed is very energetic and active and will obtain all the physical exercise it needs from play and other activities.

Life Expectancy

The Kerry Blue terrier typically lives a long life in comparison to other breeds. It generally lives 12-15 years.

Litter Size

The Kerry Blue Terrier usually has about 4-8 puppies.

Grooming

The Kerry Blue Terrier requires a significant amount of grooming. Trimming the coat can easily be handled by its family members. However, if the dog is to participate in a show, a professional groomer is recommended.

Origin

The Kerry Blue Terrier was developed in Ireland around the 16th century.

Group

Terrier

Color

As indicated by its name, the Kerry Blue Terrier has a coat of blue. The blue can vary from vary dark blue to a blue gray.