Learn about the temperament and personality of the Kerry Blue Terrier. Discover what he's like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of Kerry Blue Terrier photos.
Kerry Blue Terriers are lively and entertaining dogs, energetic and fun loving, boisterous and playful. They have a unique sense of humor and will consciously try to make you laugh when you are sad. They have the typical terrier personality: inquisitive, bossy, proud, tenacious, feisty, brave, and stubborn. They require daily exercise and enjoy jogging. They also require consistent and patient training. With this breed, obedience training is for life. It is not something that you do as puppies and then call it a day, but a long term commitment. A Kerry who knows consistency and affection will be trainable and eager to please his owner. A Kerry with an inattentive or submissive owner will run the entire house. He truly needs an owner more stubborn than he is. He will quickly learn exactly what he can get away with. He is a family dog, not a one-person dog, and does well with children. He enjoys rough and tumble play and he is tolerant and understanding of children's behavior. He is protective of his people and is a good watchdog. Some people find his love of barking to be a bit much. These are people-oriented dogs who thrive on love and attention. They do not do well if left alone for long periods of time. They need constant human interaction and will follow you everywhere. They are often dog aggressive and unaltered males in the same household will almost certainly fight. A Kerry Blue Terrier will not back down when challenged by another dog. He will also chase your neighbor's cat and you will soon become convinced that he is absolutely obsessed with squirrels. You might not want to bring a Kerry into a home with small pets. The Kerry Blue Terrier is an intelligent, all-purpose dog. But you will also be getting an often pugnacious, always high-energy, frequently dominant dog who sometimes has a temper. But Kerrys are also sweet, sensitive, loyal, and full of love and life.
Kerry Blue Terrier Training
The Kerry Blue Terrier is intelligent and quite easy to train. He learns new commands quickly at an above average rate.
Kerry Blue Terrier Shedding
The Kerry Blue Terrier sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!
Kerry Blue Terrier Grooming
Pet coat (less work): Cut his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
Show coat (more work): Professionally groom his coat to the breed standard. Brush it daily.
Tells you how easy or difficult a breed is to train.
A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
Tells you how popular the breed is in terms of ownership. A higher rating means that more people own the breed. The more popular a breed is the easier it is to find and purchase one because there are more breeders breeding it.
Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.