Kerry Blue Terrier

History and Personality

The Kerry Blue Terrier has its name from the south-west Irish county of Kerry. In early days the Kerry Blues were used as farm dogs and for vermin destroying. Their job was to keep rats and mice away, and at the same time guard the houses and people of the farm.

The Kerry is a pleasant, intelligent, co-operative and joyful dog. It is positive and humorous, in addition to its sociable personality. The Kerry is healthy and persevering, and loves its family. A glance at your Kerry is enough to start the frenetic tailwagging it displays as a proof of your unrivalled capacity as owner.


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The Kerry is most happy living with an active and interested family. You can still live in an apartment in the city, as long as you live a life where your dog can spend most of the time with its family/pack. Obviously knowledge about breeding dogs is important, but most importantly is your commitment and interest in your Kerry.


A Kerry Blue Terrier has a well proportioned and muscular body with a distinct terrierlook. Its expression shall be intensive and alert. Pups are born black, but the colour later changes to various shades of blue. The coat is wavy and soft. Height for male is 46-50cm and for bitch 45-48cm. Weight for a male is 15-18kg, and for a bitch a bit less. 


The Kerry Blue Terrier is one of very few breeds that do not shed. However, this does not automatically make this an "allergydog", even when it has shown that some sufferers from allergy tolerates this breed. It is not difficult to maintain the coat in good condition, but it requires regular grooming to avoid tangles. A bath once a month is also necessary. Even if you do not plan to show your dog, you should still trim the coat from time to time. The trimming is not necessarily the most important issue, but a Kerry should always possess character and style.

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