Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a medium-sized breed of dog originally from Ireland, known for its soft, curly blue-gray coat. It is a very loyal and active working and companion dog, which has traditionally been used for hunting and as a sheepdog.

General details

The weight of the Kerry Blue Terrier is between 15 and 18 kilograms in males, and between 13 and 16 kg in females. Its height at the withers ranges between 44 and 49 centimeters in males, and between 41 and 46 cm in females. The average life expectancy of this breed is between 12 and 15 years. According to the classification of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the Kerry Blue Terrier belongs to Group 3, which includes Terriers.

Breed history in brief

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a breed originating in Ireland, developed in the 19th century to work as a farm and hunting dog. During the time of Irish independence, these dogs became a symbol of the fight for freedom when used by Irish patriots. From the 1920s, the breed began to be used as a companion and show dog. Today, their main role is that of companion and guardian, although they are still used in some hunting work and as police dogs.

Breed characteristics

The Kerry Blue Terrier has a muscular, well-proportioned body with a long head and a distinctive beard. His eyes are dark, with a lively expression and medium size, and the ears are thin and carried forward. The tail is slender and erect. The coat is soft-textured, curly and usually bluish-black in color. In addition, its coat requires special care, including de-shedding and periodic pruning. This breed is characterized by being a courageous, intelligent and loyal dog, with a great learning ability. The Kerry Blue Terrier is considered to be an energetic and active dog breed, which needs a lot of physical and mental exercise to stay healthy and happy.

Common health problems

The Kerry Blue Terrier breed may be prone to certain diseases, such as Addison's disease, atopic dermatitis, hip dysplasia, cataract and copper liver disease. They may also have an increased predisposition to some types of cancer, such as lymphoma and adenocarcinoma. In addition to the above conditions, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends an eye screening examination, as well as a series of tests to assess the following diseases: factor XI deficiency, von Willebrand's disease and degenerative myelopathy.

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