Kerry Blue Terrier Breed Summary
Confident, Out-Going, Stubborn, Affectionate and Gentle
These dogs have a very unique and distinctive appearance, mainly due to their Astrakhan-type coats and heavily coated muzzles. They are a very lively breed and possess a lot of Terrier traits. For this reason, you will need to have a very secure garden where your dogs can happily run around with no risk of escape.
Unfortunately, Kerry Blue Terriers have been declining in popularly over the years and have even been placed on the Kennel Clubs Vulnerable Breed List. Therefore, anyone wanting one of these guys would need to be put on a waiting list.
Fun Fact: Puppies are born with black coats, but as they grow it changes to a blue color!
|Kennel Club Group||Terrier|
|Lifespan||12 - 15 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 18in -19.5in, Females 17.5in - 19in|
|Weight||Males 33-40lb, females weigh slightly less than males|
|Coat||Coats are Soft, Silky, Dense and Wavy|
|Color||Black, Black & Blue, Black Turning Blue, Blue|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Cataracts, Entropion, Dry eye, Skin problems, Cysts|
|Other Names||Kerry, Kerries, Irish Blue Terrier|
The Kerry Blue Terriers are known for their confident and outgoing personalities. However, they are very stubborn, which makes them fairly difficult to train and probably not the best breed for first time owners. They need to be in a family who have experience dealing with similar breeds and need to know their place in the pack in order to stop them from becoming the alpha male. They also need lots of socialization and training from a very young age, in order to make sure they become well-rounded and happy dogs. But for the right family, they make lovely pets!