Kerry Blue Terrier

History/Evolution:

Developed in Ireland, the Kerry Blue Terrier was an all-purpose farm dog — herding livestock, hunting vermin, and retrieving over land and water. It wasn’t until the 1920s that the breed became known outside of Ireland. Kerry Blues are born black, but the breed’s striking coat changes color with maturity. Though the breed has experience limited popularity as a pet, it has excelled as a police dog, as well as in herding and trailing.


Size:

Medium; females 171/2 to 19 inches, 30 to 35 pounds; males 18 to 191/2 inches, 33 to 40 pounds.

Color:

Blue gray when mature.

Temperament:

Fun-loving, energetic, and enthusiastic. Independent; a hunter. Can be protective with strangers and aggressive toward other dogs and small animals.

Energy level:

Medium.

Best owner:

Active owner with training experience.

Needs:

Daily mental and physical exercise, leash, fenced yard; early, firm, and consistent training; companionship, weekly brushing and combing plus monthly scissoring and shaping.

Life expectancy:

12 to 16 years.