Breed group : Terrier
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GENERALBreed group: Terrier Type: Hybrid
Talent: Agility, Competitive obedience, Hunting, Jogging, Military work, Obedience, Police work, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 33-45 pounds Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Curly
Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-15 Years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Kerry Wheaten dog is a mix between a purebred Kerry Blue Terrier and a purebred Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. They are called hybrid dogs due to their origination from two different pure breeds. The Kerry Wheaten dogs are small to medium in size, standing at 20 inches maximum and weighing around 33 to 45 pounds. They are loving, affectionate and highly active dogs. They can fit into an apartment life if their exercise needs are fulfilled although they would ideally need a yard to play.
The Kerry Wheaten dogs are found in different colours of their parent breeds. Common colours for these dogs are black, blue, brown, gray, red and white.
These hybrids can have dense and medium coat of the Kerry Blue Terrier or thin and silky Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier coat.
The Kerry Wheaten dogs are loving, affectionate, loyal and protective of their family. They are family oriented dogs that like human company. These dogs are very gentle and patient with children. They are not as friendly to other dogs and cats in the family if not properly socialized from puppyhood. These dogs are not easy to train as both parent breeds are head-strong and so are these hybrids. They would need gentle, persistent and patient trainer to train them as harsh methods will make them aggressive. The Kerry Wheaten dogs are very brave and alert. They will alert the family of a stranger's arrival and will generally greet them. They are not suitable guard dogs but will make good watch dogs. They are high energy and very active dogs that need lots of physical exercise, the lack of which will cause behavioral problems in these dogs.
They should be properly socialized with dogs and cats in the family as they have a strong prey drive and will chase small animals. Their coat will need to be brushed regularly.
Not the easiest dogs to train, these head-strong and willful dogs will need consistent training with a patient trainer. They are trainable.
The Kerry Wheaten dogs need lots of exercise and physical stimulation. A daily leashed walk and ample playing time will be necessary for these dogs.