Kerry Blue Terrier

About

This spirited and gentle breed is the national dog of Ireland. Kerry Blue Terriers were first shown in 1916 and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1924.
Their history, however, remains shrouded in mystery and is the subject of many local legends. First up, there’s the one about peasants starting the breed so they could use them for poaching (back then, only nobility were permitted to hunt).
Then there’s the tale of the Russian ‘Blue Dog’ that swam ashore when a Russian ship was wrecked in Tralee Bay in southwest Ireland and mated with local terriers –
thus creating the breed. (Some versions even say the shipwreck was part of the Spanish Armada.)
Whatever the truth, what we do know for sure is that, when it comes to faithfulness and friendliness, these dogs are legendary.

Breed Insights

Enjoy dog sports such as agility, earthdog trials, flyball, herding, hiking, retrieving, tracking, Frisbee, musical freestyle, rally and competitive obedience.
May chase or hunt wildlife, be difficult to disengage from an activity or behavior, bark, dig; may not get along with other dogs.
Active, spirited, and intelligent dogs, liking swimming and jogging.
May be stubborn, but respond well to reward-based training approaches, using food rewards for dropping retrieved items not intended for play.
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Height: 18.10 - 18.90 in

Show Weight: 26.50 - 39.70 lb

Pet Weight: 18.10 - 18.90 lb