The Kerry Blue Terrier is a spirited, agile, and loyal breed. They love to play and enjoy games like catch, fetch, or tag. Kerry Blues make great family pets, though their tendency to play rough might not make them a great pet for families with toddler aged children or younger. They make great watchdogs and are quick to sound the alarm whenever they feel their loved ones are in danger. These dogs need lots of mental and physical stimulation stay happy and healthy!
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Top 10 Facts:
1. The Kerry Blue Terrier is also often called the Irish Blue Terrier, especially in Ireland, the country of it’s origin!
2. The Kerry’s coat comes in a soft curly to wavy fur type in various shades of blue. Their coats are also similar in texture to human hair and rarely shed, though they do require regular grooming and clipping every six weeks or so.
3. The Kerry Blue Terrier is actually the official national dog of Ireland!
4. Kerry Blues are very intelligent and easily trainable.
5. It’s been said that Kerries have a “touch of the blarney,” referring to their wonderful senses of humor.
6. Kerry Blues were originally bred for vermin control purposes and for sports like badger-baiting.
7. One lucky Kerry Blue won the Crufts, the most notable dog show in the United Kingdom, in 2000.
8. While Kerries tend to be healthy overall, they are prone to several health problems including benign cysts, hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism.
9. These dogs really love to bark, but that’s part of what makes them such great watchdogs!
10. Because of their hunting background, it is probably not a good idea to bring a Kerry Blue Terrier into a home with small pets present.