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Kerry Blue Terrier

The national dog of Ireland, this breed is thought to be a descendant of the Portuguese Water Dog due to it's wavy coat. Others believe differently, however, it is known that the breed originated from the county of Kerry in Ireland in the 1700's. The Kerry Blue (also known as 'Kerries') have been used over the years as both a utility and working dog - for example, herding sheep and cattle, police work, retriever and also game hunter. 

This charming dog is a bundle of fun and loves to play. He excels in obedience, agility and performing tricks as well as being a loving family member. He gets on well with children and other animals if introduced properly, however, he may be aggressive towards other dogs if not socialised and trained correctly. He needs a confident owner with clear natural leadership because otherwise he may become wilful and mischievous. 

His coat requires quite a lot of care and attention. It should be trimmed every 6 weeks or so and brushed and bathed at least once a week. Also, to prevent infections, the hair needs to be pulled out of the ear canal to prevent the build up of dirt and bacteria. He should be taken for a daily walk and enjoys to romp around outside and play. When on a lead it is important that he does not pull but walks at his owners heel.

This breed is usually very healthy and live up to 15 years. The main health concerns include PNA, cerebellar abiotrophy and Hip Dysplasia.

Breed Attributes

  • Medium size
  • Low shedding
  • Medium exercise needs
  • High grooming needs
  • Comical, affectionate and playful

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