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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
Eye color Dark
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!

The Kerry is named for its home county. The mystery of its beginnings gave rise to charming blarney about leprechauns, shipwrecks, and other fanciful origin tales. We do know that Kerries were hardworking all-around farm dogs, cherished for their versatility. The breed was a mascot for patriots in the struggle for Irish independence, and since the early 20th century they've been top winners in the show ring. A Kerry named Mick was among the great show dogs of the 2000s.