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|Country of Origin||Ireland|
|Type of coat||Soft, spiky, plentiful and wavy.|
|Grooming||Regular brushing or combing with a steel comb or a slicker brush. Bathe monthly. If shown he needs regular clipping and trimming with scissors and trimmer. Kerry Blue do not shed nor do they have a body odor. Check ears, eyes, teeth and nails frequently.|
|Average height||18 - 19 inches|
|Average weight||33 - 37 lbs.|
|Intelligence||High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - High|
|Trainability||Obedience training is necessary as he is an active, self-confident and stubborn dog. Training should be combined with patience and firmness.|
|Compatibility with children||Soft, spiky, plentiful and wavy.|
|Character||Determined, friendly, enthusiastic.|
|Ideal home environment||A house with a yard is preferable but is not essential if he can receive enough exercise.|
|Ideal owner||Patient and firm, energetic, attentive|
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The Kerry Blue Terrier is gentle, lovable and intelligent. An all-round working and utility terrier. He is successfully in herding sheep and cattle. He has rich long hair on his face and a curly gray coat. Outgoing and friendly towards his family, he is known to give big slurpy kisses. Puppies are born black and their coats begin to change sometime between nine and twenty-four months to red, brown or gray and then Kerry blue.
Developed in the 1700's by Irish shepherds his name comes from the county of Kerry in south-western Ireland. Crossed between the Irish terrier and Dandie Dinmont, he was originally used as a companion, farm dog, guard dog and hunting dog. Known to dispatch rats and other barnyard vermin he was also a good retriever fetching prey from the water. Joining the show world at Westminster Kennel Club in 1922, he was official recognized by the in 1924.
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