Kerry Blue Terrier

Other name: Irish Blue Terrier

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The Kerry Blue Terrier is a medium sized dog, exhibiting the typical Terrier appearance and characteristics. Robust, harmonious and well-proportioned construction, it has a well-developed musculature. The paces of the Kerry Blue Terrier are characterized by well-coordinated movements, good extension of the forelegs and a strong thrust of the hind limbs. The tail and head are high when the dog is in action.



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Hair type Frieze
Origin Ireland
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 13 kg to 16 kg From 44 cm to 48 cm
Male From 15 kg to 18 kg From 45 cm to 49 cm
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History of the breed

The origins of the Kerry-Blue-Terrier go back several centuries and are believed to be in present-day County Kerry in southwestern Ireland, hence its name. It has long been used for hunting rats, then otters and badgers. The first detailed description of the Kerry Blue Terrier date from the mid 19th century. Little by little, farms have sprung up outside Kerry , in other parts of the island, then outside Ireland . The first representatives of the breed to be exhibited were in 1913 . The Kerry Blue Terrier Club was founded in Dublin in 1920 . He has even become a real symbol in the country, especially for the Irish patriots who adopted him as a mascot.

Physical features

His coat: abundant, wavy and soft in texture.
Its color: unicolour blue in all its shades, with or without black ends.
His head: covered with a dense and abundant hair. Bigger and more muscular in the male than in the female. The skull is powerful and well proportioned, the stop light, the nose black, the nostrils wide, the muzzle moderately long, the jaws strong, muscular and articulated in regular scissors.
His ears: thin, medium in size, carried forward or against the side faces of the head.
His eyes: dark or dark hazel, medium in size and displaying a look full of liveliness.
His body: well proportioned and robust. The back is moderately long and horizontal, the loins are of medium length, the chest well let down and moderately broad, the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: thin, well attached, carried high and cheerfully.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Kerry Blue Terrier   is a dog full of vivacity , very alert , very attached to his master and his family and defined by great courage , making him an excellent companion and a very good guardian. Despite a strong head side, the Kerry Blue Terrier is far from unmanageable. This dog is however likely to come into conflict with its congeners, especially those of the same sex.

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As the Kerry Blue Terrier is an active dog who enjoys work , it would be wise to invest in positive reinforcement methods in his education. He may be a little stubborn at times , but that does n’t make him a particularly difficult dog to train and manage . We must not use any form of brutality towards him. Particular attention should be paid to his socialization to temper his tendency to want to bicker with other dogs.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Kerry Blue Terrier works with masters who are available both to ensure its maintenance and to offer it enough daily activities. If he appreciates indoor comfort, he must be able to enjoy an outdoor space allowing him to evolve freely and to fulfill his role of guardian.


Ease of gaining weight

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a fairly resilient dog with solid health . However, we will monitor some hereditary diseases and predispositions that may be associated with the breed, including hip and elbow dysplasias , persistence of the ductus arteriosus or dermatological conditions (allergies, etc.).

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Progressive neuronal atrophy (PNA)
Patella dislocation
Occasional concerns
Pigmentary keratitis
Skin cyst
Suggested tests

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Kerry Blue Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Kerry Blue Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Kerry Blue Terrier does not lose much hair , but it requires a lot of maintenance especially if it is called upon to participate in competitions.

It is recommended to brush the dog weekly using a soft card, followed by a comb , especially on the beard and eyebrows . It also requires daily cleaning of the eyes and monthly cleaning of the inside of the ears . Hair removal can also be done once a month. As for grooming, it has to be done several times a year ; approximately every 3 to 4 months. Mowing should only be done on the skull, ears, chest and cheeks .

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Kerry Blue Terrier is between € 1,000 and € 1,200.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 300
500 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Kerry Blue Terrier is between $ 300 and $ 500.

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The Kerry Blue Terrier needs a quality diet , adapted to its level of physical activity, its age and its size. Its food can be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Kerry Blue Terrier needs long daily walks and exercise to be stimulated and happy.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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