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By: Katherine Butler on July 21, 2011, 10:55 a.m.
kerry blue terrier

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Kerry blue terrier

The Kerry blue terrier is considered a low-allergy dog because it sheds less dander than some other breeds. It has a trademark soft, wavy coat that is black at birth but fades to a blue gray as the puppy grows. Originating from County Kerry in Ireland, the blue terrier is known for its retrieving skills and ability to hunt small animals. In fact, the Kerry blue terrier was used by Irish peasantry to silently hunt nobles’ lands in Ireland, according to the AKC. They are considered energetic and fun-loving animals that fit easily into a family, though due to its hunting instincts the Kerry blue terrier may not embrace the family cat.