Kerry Blue TerrierCare

The soft, wavy coat is non-shedding; requires serious grooming to look its best.

Energetic and fun-loving, the Kerry Blue Terrier enjoys being part of a family. They possess a typical terrier personality though and require daily exercise and firm and patient training. Families with other pets should beware; as hunters, Kerries may not accept cats or small pets. Their coats are hypoallergenic, but still need to be brushed and trimmed regularly.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

coat &GROOMING

Their non-shedding coats are hypoallergenic, but still need to be brushed thoroughly once a week and trimmed every four to six weeks. Beyond regular weekly grooming, an occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Long
grooming Weekly Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

His temperament and intelligence allow him to be a wonderful guardian of the home, playmate for the children, and eager companion, whether he is fetching a ball or curling up beside you as you read your tablet. They possess a typical terrier personality though and require daily exercise and firm and patient training. A Kerry’s intelligence makes him an apt student who flourishes with some structure and positive reinforcement. Families with other pets should beware; as hunters, Kerries may not accept cats or small pets.

energy level Some Exercise

Kerry Blue Terrier &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Kerry Blue Terriers are healthy dogs.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Kerry Blue Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.