The handsome and multi-talented Kerry Blue Terrier is a native of County Kerry, Ireland and has worn many hats throughout its history. This breed was developed to satisfy the many needs of their Irish peasantry masters; they hunted birds and other small game, functioned as retrievers, and even herded livestock. They were no doubt also accomplished vermin hunters around the home and farm. One interesting theory regarding their origins is that they were developed by peasants in retaliation to the nobles using Irish Wolfhounds; their silent hunting style was valued on clandestine hunts on noble grounds. The fun-loving and active Kerry makes a wonderful family pet as long as patient training and exercise are part of the routine. They do have strong hunting instincts which may make them incompatible with cats and other small pets. Their trademark blue-grey coats are hypoallergenic but will need regular brushing and trimming.