Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer

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20-30 lbs
United States
Kerry Blue Terrier
Miniature Schnauzer
Kerry Blue Mini Schnauzer, Kerry Blue Schnauzer, and Kerryblushnauz
The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer is a designer hybrid between two purebred Terriers, the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer.  The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer's appearance and disposition are somewhat easy to predict given both parent breeds are similar physical and character traits.  The height and weight of the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer may vary from dog to dog.  Some of the Standard and Giant Schnauzer breed hybrid names may be used to describe this hybrid, such as the Kerryblueschnauz, which is used by the American Canine Club and the Designer Breed Registry to identify the dogs.
Date of Origin
Kerry Blue Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer

Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer Health

Average Size
Height: 15-17 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Height: 14-16 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy (Ataxia)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Bladder Stones
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Food Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • Eye examination
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Count
  • Allergy Testing

Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer Breed History

The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer is a recent hybridization between the purebred Kerry Blue Terrier and the purebred Miniature Schnauzer.  Even though there are no set standards for hybrid dogs, many owners can predict the physical and character traits of their Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzers because both parents are very similar.  Owners may also turn to the respective histories or both parent breeds for an insight into their dog's lineage. The medium-sized Kerry Blue Terrier is native to Ireland.  The breed developed as a working-class homestead dog in County Kerry, where it draws its name.  Aggressiveness toward small vermin and animals was intentionally selected and earned the breed its nickname the "Blue Devil."  The Kerry Blue Terrier most likely came to the United States during the late 1800s with Irish immigrants and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1924. The Miniature Schnauzer is a German Terrier and developed as an offshoot of the Standard Schnauzer  The Schnauzer was originally bred to help remove vermin from farms, but farmers wanted a slightly smaller version to get into smaller areas where rats and burrowing vermin hide.  The first registered Miniature Schnauzer was in 1888 and interest in the breed grew rapidly up until the First World War.  Following World War I, the Miniature Schnauzer was imported to the United States where the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1926.  The breed's popularity was steady but did not take off until after World War II.  Today, the Miniature Schnauzer is on the top twenty breeds list for AKC popularity.    

Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer Breed Appearance

The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer has a distinctive look that reflects its parentage.  The coat is soft and dense and may be wavy or wiry.  The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer has a long, block-shaped head with a glorious beard.  The hair around the mouth and chin is long and long hair may cover the eyes, which are dark brown.  The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer's ears are triangular and flop down at mid-ear.  The nose is medium, round, and black.  The dense hair of the legs give the Min Kerry Blue the appearance of stoutness, but this hybrid is lean and muscular under all its hair.  The tail of the Min Kerry Blue Schnauzer, if not docked, stands straight up and may sometimes have a sickle curl over the back.
Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer Breed Maintenance

The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer is a hypoallergenic dog that does not shed much.  However, the grooming needs on the hybrid are much higher, and this dog will require professional clipping to help maintain a healthy coat.  Using a slicker brush, owners can strip out a lot of the dead and loose hair that gets caught in the top coat.  The hair around the legs is longer and requires special attention to prevent tangles and matting.  The beard may also get wet and might smell if not properly cleaned.  A bristle brush or a pin brush will help remove dirt and prevent smell.
Brushes for Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer Temperament

Despite its Terrier lineage, the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer requires close human contact and does not tolerate being cooped up in a kennel all day.  They are highly affectionate with the family as well as with children and their sturdiness make them good playmates for kids.  The Kerry Blue Terrier parent has a low tendency for barking, but the Mini Schnauzer loves to sound the alarm.  Owners can expect some variation in barking tendencies as well as friendliness toward strangers.  Early socialization with people, place, other pets, and things will help broaden the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer's mind so he can adjust.  The same is true for the hybrid's friendliness toward other dogs and families pets.  The Terrier lineages excite the natural prey mind, but early socialization with the family cat may induce the Mini Kerry Blue Schanuzer to view the cat as its family and to extend its love and protection to the cat.

Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer Activity Requirements

The Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer is an active dog with high energy.  As a medium-sized dog, the Mini Kerry Schnauzer needs space to burn off its energy.  A fenced-in backyard is ideal for this hybrid who will enjoy a quick run or game of fetch.  Daily exercise outside is required so if a backyard is not an option, the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer can benefit from walks and time in the dog park.  Dog park visits also help socialize the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer with other dogs.  This hybrid has a high tolerance for all climates, but owners must be mindful of its coat lengths in both hot and cold temperatures.  While homes with backyards are ideal, the Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer can adapt to apartment and urban living if it gets enough physical exercise.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 21 lbs
Height: 14 inches Weight: 21 lbs
12 Months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Height: 15 inches Weight: 25 lbs
18 Months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Height: 15 inches Weight: 25 lbs

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