Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier

INTRODUCTION

The Kerry Blue Terrier is the working dog par excellence. It hails from County Kerry, Ireland, where it was bred to hunt small game and fowl, kill rodents and herd sheep and cattle. Intelligent and courageous, they became a much-loved pet, showing a fierce devotion to their family or pack, and although they are purebred dogs, some may end up in the care of shelters or rescues. Although not a particularly well-known breed of dog, the Kerry Blue has a fan following thanks to its working ability and loyalty. They are also quite friendly to most people, and are quick learners despite being a little willful from time to time. However, they do not adapt quickly to other dogs and may prefer to be the only pet in the household. However, with patient training and plenty of exercise, these puppies can make for loving and devoted family members.AniMall24 recommends a dog bed to give your medium-sized Kerry Blue Terrier a good night’s sleep. You should also buy a dog toy to burn off your puppy’s high energy.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Kerry Blue Terry is a quick learner, although he can be very willful at times. You will need a lot of patience and firmness, as well as a good sense of humour, when training this breed.the Kerry Blue is friendly with people, but his aversion to other dogs is well known. It can be aggressive and quarrelsome. Owners should be vigilant when taking the Kerry Blue out in public. If he is socialised and well trained, he is unlikely to fight, but you may try to finish him off if you tease him.Keeping your Kerry Blue groomed is expensive and, if you do it yourself, it is hard work.Like all terriers, the Kerry Blue can be feisty. Like all terriers, the Kerry Blue can be very feisty and loves to dig, chase, chew and sometimes bark. He needs plenty of exercise, every day. To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill or pet shop. Look for a reputable breeder who tests their breeding dogs to make sure they are free of genetic diseases that can be passed on to the puppies and that they have a sound temperament.

HISTORY

Ireland – specifically the mountainous area of County Kerry – is the birthplace of the Kerry Blue Terrier. It was originally a working terrier, hunting small game and birds, killing rodents and guarding the farm. It was successfully used for herding sheep and cattle. In time, the breed was exhibited in conformation and highly favoured. English fanciers also saw its potential and the breed was recognised by the Kennel Club. At early dog shows, the Irish Kennel Club required each dog to pass a “game” test before it could be judged. The tests included catching rabbits and chasing a badger. From these tests, the Kerry Blue earned the nickname “Blue Devil”. No one really knows who brought the first Kerry Blue to the United States. It is believed to have appeared at the Westminster show in 1922, and the breed was officially recognised by the Amercian Kennel Club in 1924. During the 1926 Westminster show, a group of fanciers met at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and organised the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of America. Their own Kerry Blue was named Convict 225. However, Collins was assassinated before the legislation was passed and after his death, interest in the initiative was lost.

Breed Characteristics:
Adaptability:
3/5
All Around Friendliness:
4/5
Health And Grooming Needs:
2/5
Trainability:
2/5
Physical Needs:
4/5
Vital Stats:
Dog Breed Group: Terrier Dogs
Height: 17 to 19 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 33 to 40 pounds
Life Span: 12 to 15 years

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