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Kerry Blue Terrier

Appearance

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a medium sized dog with a stocky and robust, angular build. The body has a short and straight back, deep chest, strong bones and muscular, well balanced limbs, with an upright tail that is normally docked. The head is long with small erect ears, dark beady eyes, and distinctive whiskers, beard and eyebrows. The soft coat is abundant and wavy, and the colouring tends to be black at birth but then eventually fades to grey.

Temperament

Kerry Blue Terriers are affectionate, loyal and high-spirited dogs with people-friendly dispositions. These gentle and sociable dogs make popular family pets and companions and need plenty of attention, otherwise they can grow bored and become destructive. Enthusiastic and highly intelligent, these lively and confident dogs house train easily but can also be headstrong and manipulative, and so are best suited for those with some experience of dog ownership and training. Early socialisation is important to ensure they develop well balanced temperaments. Kerry Blue Terriers will get along fine with older, more considerate children because they do not appreciate being handled roughly and can also be quite possessive of their food and belongings. They require early socialisation around other pets such as cats, and can be scrappy with other dogs and will not back down if challenged. They may be wary around strangers and make effective watchdogs thanks to their protective natures.

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Breed Specific Ailments

Kerry Blue Terriers tend to live between 12-16 years and are considered a hardy breed with few known genetic problems. However,some of the health problems noted include blood disorders, hip dysplasia, cataracts, benign cysts, skin problems, allergies, spiculosis and thyroid problems.

Grooming

Kerry Blue Terriers are are low shedders (when groomed correctly) and so are suitable for those suffering from allergies. Their grooming requirements are pretty high though, and their heavy coat will need brushing and bathing on a weekly basis. The beard will need to be kept clean and brushed on a daily basis to remove any food and dirt, and the ears will need keeping clean and dry to reduce the risk of infections. In addition, any hair in the ear canals should be pulled out, again to reduce the chance of infections. Hair aroud the bottom area should be kept trimmed for hygiene reasons, the hair on the head can be clipped roughly once a month, and the body hair can be clipped or shaped with scissors to keep it trim every few months or so. A bonus feature of their coat is that it is oderless, even when wet.

Exercise & Environment

Kerry Blue Terriers tend to live indoors but will need access to a yard or garden area for daily exercise. In addition, they will need a long daily walk.

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