Trainability of Kerry Blues

This article first appreared in the May/June 1994 issue of Kerry Klips.

Compared to What?

Has anyone not heard about Stanley Coren’s controversial new book, The Intelligence of Dogs? In it, Coren ranks 133 breeds of dog according
to their ability to learn owner-pleasing behavior, based on the opinions of obedience judges. According to an article we saw, Kerries were ranked
35th out of the 79 ranks (many breeds tied for ranks). Not a bad showing, overall. Number one was (no big surprise) Border Collies, while last
place, making them the ultimate “dumb blondes,” went to Afghan Hounds. An English Bulldog owner in Colorado Springs, noting that his breed is 77th,
said that if his dog can get an obedience title, anybody can! And a Pekingese fancier in Indiana, who noted the 73rd placement for her breed, claimed
that a Pekingese is simply too intelligent to train!

The Trainability of Terriers

12. Miniature Schnauzer

27. Yorkshire Terrier

29. Airedale Terrier

30. Border Terrier

32. Manchester Terrier

34. Australian Terrier Am. Staffordshire Terrier

35. Cairn Terrier Kerry Blue Terrier

37. Silky Terrier

38. Norwich Terrier

40. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Bedlington Terrier Fox Terrier (Smooth)

47. West Highland White Terrier

49. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

51. Fox Terrier (Wire)

53. Welsh Terrier Irish Terrier

54. Boston Terrier

55. Skye Terrier

56. Norfolk Terrier Sealyham Terrier

62. Dandie Dinmont Terrier Lakeland Terrier

65. Scottish Terrier

66. Bull Terrier

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