Guarding versus Herding
Kerries are well suited for livestock protection. The main temperament difference between guarding and herding dogs is that a guarding dog must remain calm, while a herding dog must be active an hyper to round up the flock.
I prefer Kerries over any other guarding breed because:
- they live longer,
- they can be as tough or tougher than some of the traditional guarding breeds,
- they're more agile,
- they stay close, won't wonder off and respect fences,
- they tend to be more handler-sensitive than some other breeds,
- they can "count" the flock and hence know when a subject is missing,
Grooming is a drawback for the Kerry.
The Kerry, because of its Irish farm background, appears to be more suited for this job than some of the other terriers.