Originally bred by shepherds in Ireland, the Kerry Blue Terrier was developed in the County Kerry in the 18th century, and hence its name. The breed has been identified as the hybrid of the Portuguese Water Dog or the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Honored as the symbol of Ireland, the Kerry Blue Terrier is recognized as the national terrier. Initially used as a farm dog for herding, the dog was brought to the United States in the early 1900s.
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a well-built dog of moderate size. The dog is black in color at the time of birth, however as it matures, it develops a slate blue or light gray shade. The dog has a strong skeletal frame with exact body to head proportion. It has ‘V’ shaped ears that droop forward to cover the eyes. Its face is hairy with lavish eyebrows and whiskers.
Black, Blue, Gray-Blue, Blue/Grey, Black Speckles, White Speckles
The breed carries a determined attitude and is highly protective of the owner and the family. This is a very vibrant breed that loves having fun and the company of humans. Early training in socialization can make the dog behave well with strangers as well as other breeds. Moreover, the dog has exceptional memory and high intelligence.
The Kerry Blue Terrier is normally healthy and lives longer when compared to certain other breeds. However, hip dysplasia, PNA and ear diseases are the common health problems that these dogs might develop. There have also been cases of cataract, spiculosis, and hair follicle tumors.
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR