Routine Care: She is an athletic dog that excels at dog sports like obedience, flyball, and agility. She's a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.
Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly. Monthly trimming is recommended
Dental: Kerry Blue Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
She is boisterous, comical and needs a strong leader. She is people-oriented and demands to be included in all family activities.
• Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic
• Good with children
• Protective of family; good watch dog
• Bold, steady, and fearless
• Outgoing and friendly personality
• Alert, curious, and busy
• Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing
• Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog
• Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise
• Doesn’t do well in the heat
• Territorial with larger dogs, especially of the same sex
• Likes to dig
Whether you are considering adding a new Kerry Blue Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Kerry Blue Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Kerry Blue Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues a Kerry Blue Terrier could encounter:
Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia
The Kerry Blue Terrier originated in Ireland at least 150 years ago and was bred as an all-purpose working farm dog. They were used to hunt, herd, control vermin, and guard the home. Kerry Blue Terriers are often used as police dogs in Ireland today, where they are called Irish Blue Terriers.
The Kerry is a highly spirited and animated terrier. The Kerry Blue is known for having a good sense of humor and eagerness to play. Kerries can be stubborn and persistent, but they are affectionate and loyal with their family.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Kerry Blue Terrier shows signs of the following:
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge
• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
• Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath
• Gums that are a color other than bright pink
• Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
• Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness
• General reluctance to run or play
• Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss
• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain