Not surprisingly, the Kerry Blue Terrier originated in the Irish county of Kerry. In both Ireland and England, he was a working dog, used for hunting birds and other small game. The breed was equally good at retrieving game from land and water, and also excelled at herding sheep and cattle.
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a terrier through and through, meaning he is feisty and fun-loving, but can be a bit stubborn. Thoughtful, thorough training is needed to keep his attitude in check, but the work put into this dog as a puppy will pay off in spades. The Kerry Blue Terrier is loyal, smart and loving, and makes a great addition to any home. Cat owners beware, however; due to his hunting heritage, the Kerry Blue may not be able to resist the temptation to chase (or do worse!) to unsuspecting cats and smaller pets. Kerry Blue Terriers lead an active lifestyle and need plenty of exercise. In addition, their coats need regular grooming.
Despite their working history, Kerry Blue Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Kerry Blue Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca and progressive retinal atrophy; brain conditions such as cerebellar abiotrophy; spinal cord diseases such as degenerative myelopathy; and joint conditions such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Kerry Blue Terrier inherits her mom’s bad eyes or her dad’s bad hips, you’re covered.