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Kerry Blue Terrier

Also known as: Irish Blue Terrier

Nickname: Kerries

Breed origin: Ireland
Original purpose: Hunting small game and birds, retrieving from land and water, and herding sheep and cattle.

AKC recognized: 1922
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: males 33 to 40 lbs; females 30 to 38 lbs
Size: Height: males 18 to 19½ inches; females 17½ to 19 inches
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Color: Any shade of blue gray or gray blue from the deep slate to light blue gray. Puppies are born apparently black but will transition to the mature gray blue or blue gray.

General characteristics/temperament: The Kerry Blue Terrier is gentle, lovable, sturdy, fast, strong, and intelligent. They are all-around working and utility terriers, and are also capable of herding sheep and cattle. They are typically loyal and affectionate towards their family and very gentle with children.

Good with children? Yes

Protective? Yes

Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate/High

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, herding, tracking

Grooming requirement: Brush at least once a week. The soft and wavy coat does not shed but continues to grow year-round, and needs to be clipped every 6 weeks or so.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, cataracts, entropion, cysts, cryptorchidism, spiculosis, progressive neuronal abiotrophy.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Kerry Blue Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Bardi McLennan
Published in 2005
155 pages

Kerry Blue Terriers
By Fredrick Schweppe
Published in 1990
191 pages

The Modern Kerry Blue Terrier
By Violet E. Handy
Published in 2005
80 pages

The Kerry Blue Terrier
By Edith Izant
Published in 1982
112 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club
Wikipedia breed information page
United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club Rescue

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