Kerry Blue Terrier At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (Terrier); ANKC (Terriers); CKC (Terriers); FCI (Terriers); KC (Terrier); UKC (Terrier)
Medium. Weight: Males 33–40 lbs; Females less Height: Males 18–19.5 inches; Females 17.5–19 inches
Soft, dense, and wavy.
Any shade of Blue-gray or Gray-blue; May have small White markings; May have Black points
12 to 15 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
Puppies of this breed are born black. They only get their "blue" color when they mature.
Kerry Blue Terrier Overview
With mysterious beginnings, the Kerry Blue Terrier has been part of Ireland for the last hundred years, most notably in the county Kerry. The breed is a hardy dog used by farmers to protect crops from vermin, help tend stock and property and even hunt when needed. It is thought that the Kerry Blue is related both to the Irish Terrier and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
Kerry Blue Terrier Characteristics
The Kerry Blue features a similar look and body style to the Irish Terrier, except with a deep blue-gray coat. The coat is also slightly curlier than the Irish Terrier, closer to that of a Wheaton terrier. Kerry Blues also feature the characteristic beard of the breed, giving them a sweet, playful look. Their calm temperament also makes them versatile, having been used on farms, military functions and as police dogs.
Kerry Blue Terrier Temperament
A protector of the family, the Kerry Blue also makes a great playmate for children and children at heart. His playful antics get him noticed easily, however he can be standoffish or territorial to those he does not know. Socialization at puppyhood is key to keeping him calm, happy and sociable. However, even with socialization, he should be watched near other dogs.
Kerry Blue Terrier Care
The average lifespan of the Kerry Blue is 12 to 15 years, average for their size. A few breed concerns include cerebellar abiotrophy, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, eye problems and skin and ear infections. Preventive care and proper veterinary treatment can help extend the lifespan of the Kerry Blue.
Kerry Blue Terrier Coat
Professional grooming is a must every few months to keep the coat of the Kerry Blue in good working order. Show Kerry Blue Terriers often have a very sculpted look to their coats, the result of intensive grooming. Outside of grooming every few months, however, the coat rarely sheds, making them ideal for those with allergies.
Kerry Blue Terrier Training
Like other Terrier breeds, the Kerry Blue can easily lose interest and attention when being trained. Short, focused and firm lessons with positive reinforcement can help keep his attention held long enough to learn.
Kerry Blue Terrier Activity
Activity for both the mind and body are needed for the Kerry Blue. His all-purpose nature makes him a great companion for almost any task, as long as it keeps him active and his attention focused. Kerry Blues are happy and good at just about anything put to them.