Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer

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35-40 lbs
United States
Kerry Blue Terrier
Standard Schnauzer
Sherry, Kerryblushnauz, Kerry Blue Schnauzer
The Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer is a designer breed made from a combination of the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Standard Schnauzer. They are both medium sized dogs, and you will find the Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer is usually an average of 20 inches tall and weighs about 40 pounds when full-grown. If socialized early, your dog should be a wonderful family companion and will get along well with other dogs and children. However, they need supervision around little ones and other types of pets like cats and hamsters because this breed has hunting in his genes. The Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer is a healthy breed with a life expectancy of about 12 to 15 years.
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
Kerry Blue Terrier and Standard Schnauzer

Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer Health

Average Size
Height: 18-21 inches Weight: 40-45 lbs
Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 35-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Diabetes
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Pancreatitis
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Bladder Stones and Infections
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Distichiasis
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Cardiac Test
  • DNA

Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer Breed History

There is no history available for the Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer because it is such a new breed but you can look at the parent breeds’ histories to get sufficient information. The Kerry Blue Terrier, which is also called the Irish Blue Terrier, originated in Ireland in the 18th century from the Irish Terrier, Irish Wolfhound, Spanish Blue Dog, and Portuguese Water Dog. They were originally bred to be ratters on family farms but were also found to be excellent hunting companions and wonderful family pets. This breed was named after the county it was originally found in, which was Kerry County, and is the National Terrier of Ireland. The United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club was formed in 1926, which was four years after it became officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. They are the 127th most common breed of dog in the United States at this time. The Standard Schnauzer has been around since the middle ages and was developed in Germany from the Wolf Spitz, German Poodle, Wire-haired Pinscher, and other Shnauzers to be a ratter. This is the most ancient type of Schnauzer out of the three different breeds, which are the Toy, Standard, and Giant. Although they are thought to have been around much longer, there is art that depicts the Standard Schnauzer that dates back to the 1400s by Albrecht Durer. These dogs were originally used to hunt and get rid of vermin from farms, they were also found to be great protectors of their owners when they went to the markets. Their name is German for moustache, which each of these dogs has, along with a beard that is said to make them look like an old man. The standard for this breed was developed in the 1800s and they were starting to be noticed in the United States soon after. They were accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1904 and are the 85th most well-liked breed in America.

Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer Breed Appearance

The appearance of the Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer can vary due to the differences in the two parent breeds. Their size is usually between 35 and 45 pounds and they stand about 18 to 21 inches tall with a rectangular body and head. Their coat is thick, wavy, stiff, and may even be wiry. They are typically silver, black, blue, or a mix of these colors with a spotted or speckled pattern. Your Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer will likely have the bushy eyebrows and beard like the typical Schnauzer with small brown eyes and a large black nose with wide nostrils. Their expression is usually quizzical or curious and they tend to have an overbite, v-shaped ears, and a high-set tail that may be docked.
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

Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer Breed Maintenance

The coats of the parent breeds of the Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer both require a lot of maintenance, so you must be prepared to spend quite a bit of time grooming your dog. With such a thick coat, you will need to use a strong metal comb and pin brush or hard bristle brush to be able to gently brush through to the skin. You should brush your dog at least four or five times a week and bathe him once a month or as needed. Your dog’s teeth and ears should be cleaned regularly as well, and you should trim his toenails once a month to prevent breaking or splitting.
Brushes for Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer Temperament

The Schnauzer is a mellow and laid-back breed while the Terrier is more rambunctious, so your Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer will be a combination of both. They need early socialization along with firm training and discipline to be sure they get along with other dogs and children. In addition, they are wary of strangers and make good watchdogs due to their suspiciousness. Training is typically easy but you have to be persistent and patient for best results. Although the breed is not usually aggressive, they can be protective and need to be supervised with strangers and guests to be on the safe side.

Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer Activity Requirements

The two parent breeds have very different activity levels with the Schnauzer being a more calm and laid back dog while the Terrier is full of energy all the time. Therefore, you should be ready to spend at least an hour every day playing with your dog. Some good activities that your Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer will likely enjoy are playing with other dogs at the dog park, playing fetch or frisbee, agility or obedience training, going for walks, visiting the local park, and just playing with various squeaky toys or balls. Make sure your dog gets enough exercise or he can become bored or anxious. He'll do best in a home with a yard; do not leave him unattended though, as he has a talent for digging and may find his way under the fence.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.6
Monthly Cost
$24 - $48

Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 32 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 27 lbs
12 Months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Height: 18 inches Weight: 32 lbs
18 Months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 42 lbs
Height: 19 inches Weight: 37 lbs

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