Kerry Blue Terrier Photo Gallery – Pictures Of Kerry Blue Terriers!

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a medium sized (30-40 lbs) dog that originated in Ireland. They are also known as the Irish Blue Terrier. The breed was used in both Ireland and England for hunting small game and fowl as well as retrieving.  The first Kerries were brought to North America in 1918 and began appearing in shows soon after.

The Kerry Blue in the photo above is a beautiful example of the breed!

Photo by greypoint

Kerry Blue Terriers are a generally healthy breed and can live up to 15 years, however there are some genetic conditions that you should be aware of if you are considering bringing one of these dogs into your family.  Kerries can suffer from keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye), cataracts and entripion.  Hip Dysplaysia, hypothyroidism and Progressive neuronal abiotrophy (PNA) have also been seen.  Make sure you locate a reputable breeder and ask many questions about the health of the dogs within their lines.

Photo by Benny Sølz

One of the most unique features of the Kerry Blue Terrier is its coat.  The AKC standard describes it as “soft, dense and wavy”.  Pups are born black and possess a dominant fading gene. The coats begin to turn to gray and reach the “blue” color by 18 months of age.

Kerries are considered a non-shedding breed and may be a good choice for people with asthma or allergies.  They need at least weekly grooming in order to keep the coat maintained.

Photo by toddeemel

The Kerry Blue Terrier used to have a reputation for being nasty towards other dogs.  Responsible breeders have worked hard through careful breeding towards more sociable temperaments while still maintaining the integrity of the breed.  However many Kerries will display inter-male aggression.  While training can help divert a Kerry from getting involved with other dogs, he will not back down in a situation where he is threatened.

A Kerry Blue Terrier and a Schnauzer have a tentative sniff in the image above.

Photo by k0syak

While Kerries may not be the best choice for a household with multiple dogs, this breed loves children and is able to keep up with them! The Kerry Blue Terrier is a tough, muscular dog that is not fragile. They don’t have a tendency to be snappy.

If you have a cat in your house, make sure to introduce your Kerry to kitty when he is just a pup.  These dogs have a high prey drive and can be aggressive towards small animals.

Photo by Devilstar

The Kerry Blue Terrier puppy in the photo above has quite a coat!

Kerries need firm and consistent training from the moment they come into your home.  It is never too early to start. The Kerry is independent, while still desiring to please.  With positive enforcement and praise, he is a quick study.

Photo by daisychainkerryblues

Like many of their other terrier cousins, Kerry Blues can be diggers.  This issue can be controlled by keeping your dog physically and mentally stimulated.  Make sure that you provide appropriate toys for your dog as this breed has very strong jaws (they were needed when hunting badgers!) and will go through lightweight toys quickly!.

Photo by rosss

Even though Kerries are active dogs, they can live happily in an apartment as long as they are given at least 3 substantial walks per day. They are not known to be excessive barkers, which makes them ideal for situations where neighbors are just a wall away.  While Kerries can excel in many activities with time and patience, they have a stubborn and independent streak that may frustrate novice owners.  If you are willing to put the effort into it, your Kerry could be competing in agility, just like the dog in the photo above!

Photo by ciao-chow

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