About the Kerry Blue Terrier Breed
The Kerry Blue is an all round terrier. Originally used on farms to control vermin levels, the dog soon began to be used for other jobs, leading it to develop into a Swiss army knife of a worker. It has been used to herd cattle, as a sheep dog, and as a guard dog among other things. It does not have a build which is exaggerated to any particular work, and has long legs, a strong back, and is generally quite lean but with plenty of muscle.
This tall dog has a curly coat that is typical of a lot of tall terriers. It needs to be trimmed and shaped every few months, as the coat will grow out and disguise the shape of the dog. The look of the dog can vary, therefore, depending on how recently it has been trimmed and who trims it. The legs tend to look rounded and strong, as well as long, and the head is long and flat, with an abundance of fur on the snout. The coat, as the name implies, is the "blue" attributed to the bluish grey colour dog coats can be. The Kerry Blue Terrier puppy may appear black, with the coat fading to blue as it grows.
The Kerry Blue Terrier, sometimes called the Irish Blue Terrier, is a versatile companion, reflecting the versatile number of jobs that it can carry out. It can be a loving companion in the home, a protective guardian, or a fun loving outdoors partner. It needs daily mental and physical exercise, and loves to run and chase and hunt. It will benefit from an exploration off the lead in a safe area, to satisfy its curious side.