Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Ireland <> Germany -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer

The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer hybrid is a cross between the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. There is little information available on the hybrid itself, as it is a relatively new hybrid. However, a great deal of information is available on the two parent breeds, which have been active working dogs since the 1700s. The place and date of origin are unknown for the hybrid itself, as is the purpose of mixing the breeds. We know that the parent breeds of this lively hybrid have big personalities and are very active, making the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer the perfect addition to an active family. Eager to be included in every outing, this cute dog excels at just about everything it tries, including agility, obedience competition and breeding. An explorer and hunter at heart, the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer has a built-in prey reader, so it shouldn't be left unattended in the yard or out on the hunt. They are low-maintenance when it comes to coat care and are friendly with children.

History of the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer

The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer hybrid is a cross between the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. It's a relatively new hybrid and, unlike the parent breeds, there's not much information available on it at the moment. The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer hybrid is the result of crossing the Kerry Blue Terrier with the Miniature Schnauzer. Unlike the two parent breeds, the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer is a more recent hybrid dog, and there is little information available on the hybrid itself. To get an idea of how your hybrid puppy will look as he ages, you need to look at the two individual parent breeds and the appearance characteristics associated with each.

 

        

A little of the Kerry Blue Terrier

        
The Kerry Blue Terrier, also known as the Irish Blue Terrier, originated in southwest Ireland in the late 1700s or early 1800s and was used to hunt and kill rats, tend sheep and cattle and protect people and property. Although the breed's exact heritage remains a mystery, some believe it is a descendant of several other terrier breeds: the Irish Terrier, the Welsh Terrier, the Bedlington Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier. It first appeared in the show ring at the end of the 19th century, and has grown in popularity ever since. The Irish Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1922. Shortly afterwards, the Kennel Club (England) recognized the breed after many dog lovers fell deeply in love with it. The Kerry Blue made its first appearance at an American dog show in 1922 when it was entered, as a member of the Miscellaneous class, at the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. The Kerry Blue Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1924. Today, you'll find that the Kerry Blue has retained its expertise in agility, obedience and solid breeding abilities. He has also become proficient as an earth dog, hunting dog, retriever, conformation, guard dog and family protector. He has also adapted his skills to those needed by law enforcement and the military, and performs quite well in these areas. He remains a loyal watchdog and family companion.
Standard of the Kerry Blue Terrier

A little of the Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer, originally from Germany, has been used for centuries to control rat and vermin populations on German farms. The breed is thought to be descended from the slightly larger Standard Schnauzer, the Affenpinscher and the Poodle, and some believe that other breeds have also had some influence on the breed's development. These suggested breeds are: the Miniature Pinscher, the Wire Fox Terrier and the Zwergspitz. Their first appearance in the show ring was in 1899. They were brought to North America and it is thought that owners and breeders began breeding them around 1924. For a time, both the standard and miniature Schnauzer were part of the Terrier group, but in 1945 the standard version was transferred to the working group. Both Schnauzer breeds are recognized by the American Kennel Club. This highly intelligent breed still excels today in the companionship category, as well as in obedience and guard dog activities. They love their families and are happy to spend all their time with them.
Standard of the Miniature Schnauzer

Appearance of the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer

The Kerry Blue Terrier has a soft, dense, wavy coat and comes in blue and gray, ranging from darkest to lightest with or without black or white markings. Kerry Blue Terriers are described as medium-sized dogs with strong, muscular bodies and long heads with beards, whiskers and bushy eyebrows. The breed's ears are V-shaped, folding towards the small, dark, expressive eyes. The nose is black with large, wide nostrils and a tail that must always be straight (a conformation requirement), of medium length, set high and carried erect. The body of the Miniature Schnauzer is described as small, square and sturdy, with a rectangular head, the distinctive Schnauzer beard and whiskers, and a stiff coat that can be solid black, solid white, salt and pepper or black and silver. They are double-coated, with a stiff outer coat and a softer undercoat that catches loose hairs, making them an attractive pet for those with family members who suffer from allergies or asthma. Their small, dark, deep-set eyes can sometimes give them a grumpy expression. The ears are small, may or may not be cropped, and are V-shaped. The tail, which may or may not be cropped, is set high, of variable length and carried erect. Your Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer is likely to be a robust, bearded dog with a dark coat that carries a gentle expression in its sparkling, dark eyes.

Temperament of the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer

Your Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer hybrid may inherit personality and temperament traits from either of its parent breeds, the Kerry Blue Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer. There's not much information available on this new hybrid dog, but the breed's parents are described as affectionate, non-aggressive, alert, friendly, gentle, intelligent, independent, loyal, playful and protective. Both parent breeds are good with children, but the Kerry Blue Terrier may not behave appropriately towards the family cat or other small animals, its hunting and raking instincts coming to the fore. Both parent breeds have a moderate tendency to wander, so keep your hybrid on a leash when the outdoors is important unless you enjoy chasing it as it follows its nose in search of unusual and interesting scents wherever they lead you. Your hybrid may be wary of strangers, but early socialization can help modify this trait. Your hybrid will be an energetic member of the canine family, of course, as it draws this energy from both parent breeds. Daily exercise will not only be useful, but will probably be vital to the health and happiness of all members of the household.

Needs and activities of the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer

The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer hybrid receives enormous amounts of energy from both parent breeds, the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. Daily exercise will not only be useful, but will probably be vital to the health and happiness of all members of the household, a tired Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer is happy. He loves his human family and will enjoy taking part in all activities with them. He'll need about 60 minutes of daily exercise, which may include daily walks, recreation in the dog park, retrieving and Frisbee games, agility training, obedience training and play in the fenced backyard. The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer can live in a rural or urban setting and will adapt to life in an apartment, condo or family home with or without a fenced yard as long as the exercise needs of this energetic dog can be met. It can tolerate warmer and colder temperatures, provided it has adequate protection against the extremes.

Maintenance of the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer

As a hybrid, this dog can inherit the low-maintenance, hypoallergenic and low-loss designations of its parent breeds. To keep your hybrid in good condition, you'll probably find it necessary to brush him two to three times a week to remove loose hair, debris, tangles, oils and matting. He'll probably need to be bathed every 4 to 6 weeks, and monthly trimming of his nails should be sufficient unless he can wear them down naturally with his outdoor activities. We'll need to concentrate on checking and cleaning his ears regularly, and brushing his teeth at least once a week. The recommended way to carry out these maintenance activities will be provided by your veterinary professional.

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