Kerry Blue Terrier
Irlanda FCI 3 . Large and medium sized Terriers

Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier he is a thoroughbred terrier, brave, alert and with a penetrating expression.



The Kerry Blue Terrier it is one of the irish national dogs. Its existence is documented since the 18th century, but it is suspected that he was home in County Kerry long before that. Regarding the origin of the breed, Legend has it that this intelligent dog got its blackish blue color by crossing hounds with lines of Irish Terrier.

In feudal times, Irish shepherds and farmers were not allowed to hunt with wolfhounds.. They solved the problem by crossbreeding that gave their terriers the characteristics of a Wolfdog..

The Kerry Blue Terrier He was raised as a Pied Piper of Hamelin, guard dog and herding dog. An Irish proverb says that a Kerry Blue Terrier replaces four shepherds. The agile dog was also particularly useful for hunting otters and badgers..

The appearance of the breed has undergone several changes over the centuries. Meanwhile in 1847 a Kerry Blue Terrier dark blue in color was still considered exemplary in 1847, Monochrome fur with dark markings was established in the 20th century. The FCI standard valid today dates from the year 2005.

Physical characteristics

The Kerry Blue Terrier has a majestic body, muscular and slightly elongated, that impresses with its balanced appearance. His back is even and fairly long, moderately broad and deep chest. With its soft, lush and curly fur, the Kerry Blue Terrier It is considered one of the most attractive terrier breeds.

Typical of the breed Kerry Blue Terrier it's his flat nose and long hair on his forehead and muzzle.

Puppies are born with a black-brown or dark black coat. Only at the age of about three the Kerry Blue Terrier It has its typical coloration. The coat has no undercoat. A blue coat color is allowed in any shade, black marks are allowed. Tan or pure black markings are only allowed until the age of 18 months.

Other appearance features in summary:

  • Head: Strong skull, rich fur, medium length front, black nose.
  • Ears: pointing forward or falling, underlining the typical terrier expression
  • Eyes: medium-sized, dark to brown with a piercing expression
  • neck: moderately long
  • lower limbs: straight with well-muscled thighs and strong hock
  • legs: compact with round pads and black claws

Size and weight:

Height to the cross:

For males between 45,5 - 49,5 cm. (18 - 19,5 inches).
For the females between 44,5 - 48 cm. (17,5 - 19 inches).


For the males of 15 - 18 kg (33 - 40 English pounds).
For females proportionally less.

Character and skills

The Kerry Blue Terrier he is a thoroughbred terrier, brave, alert and with a penetrating expression. The elegant looking animal does not tend to bark and is not brusque. The Kerry Blue Terrier They are happy, loyal, family and children.

They are exceptionally open to strangers and need lots of petting at home. To the Kerry Blue Terrier loves to work. However, no need to keep the four-legged friend constantly busy at home.

Animals are very intelligent and eager to learn, briosos, but in no way nervous or aggressive. Strong self-confidence and strong willpower are typical traits that characterize all breeds of terrier and require constant firmness from the owner..

Accommodation of “Kerry Blue Terrier”

Since the Kerry Blue Terrier builds a close relationship with the owner and his family, a kennel position is inappropriate. He likes to participate in domestic life and is a faithful family dog, watchful and child friendly.

The four-legged friend is very active and needs two or three hours of exercise a day. Dog sports do justice to the momentum of the Kerry Blue Terrier to move and strengthen the bond with the owner.

Obedience is also a great activity for this smart and particularly attentive breed of dog.. Obedience is the school of subordination, which is especially valuable in a terrier. In this dog sport it depends on the correct and fast execution of an exercise sequence. Perfect teamwork between dog and owner is required.

The Kerry Blue Terrier they are wonderfully suitable for difficult hunting tasks such as badger hunting or underwater otter hunting. When objects are recovered from the water, most of the Kerry Blue Terriers they prove to be good swimmers and are in no way inferior to a Retriever.

The four-legged friends of this breed reject the other dogs a bit and therefore should be better kept individually.. If you like peace and tranquility at home, you shouldn't have at Kerry Blue Terrier along with a cat.

Feeding the “Kerry Blue Terrier”

Like any other breed of dog, the Kerry Blue Terrier you need a balanced diet appropriate for your species. Must consist of animal protein, remarkable muscle meat and vitamin-rich guts, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Feeding fish occasionally provides the dog with essential omega fatty acids 3 and ensures that the coat stays shiny and smooth.

The size of the daily ration depends on the age, condition and level of exercise of your four-legged friend and the quality of the food. It should be divided into two meals so as not to overload your stomach. It is better not to feed your dog before walks or canine sports. Then the food tastes much better.

The choice of dry or wet food is at the discretion of the owner, but a mixture of both is highly recommended. Here is a decision aid.

When high-quality dry food is given, the recommended daily amount for a Kerry Blue Terrier adult is on average 1,5 cups. It is important that the dog always has enough fresh water available. Once again, a small lazy dog ​​needs less food than an active animal.

An especially appropriate form of feeding for the species, although somewhat more expensive, it's fresh food, in which the dog feeds on meat, raw fruit and vegetables. You can prepare food for your Kerry Blue Terrier yourself or you can use frozen prepared meals.

Of course, your quadruped not only needs chewable products like bones made from cowhide, no wood root chips, for example of the coffee tree, horse tendons or cow ears for dental care. The popular pig ears are high in fat and therefore, they should only rarely come to the dog's table.

Education and care “Kerry Blue Terrier”

If you decide to buy one Kerry Blue Terrier, you must plan early enough to attend a dog school.

After all, your new housemate is a true terrier with a very stubborn personality. However, is certified to be easier to handle and more compliant than representatives of other terrier breeds.

Especially promising are training methods that don't punish, but they reward desirable behavior accordingly. A procedure that at the same time promotes the close relationship of your four-legged friend with you.

One of these methods is the proven Clicker Training, which is described here in more detail.

The training of a Kerry Blue Terrier includes intensive recovery training. After all, the four-legged friend has a clear hunting instinct and without consistent training will hunt down anything that comes his way.

His stubborn willpower can only be achieved with uncompromising subordination.

The very good intelligence of Kerry Blue Terrier requires variety in training. Constant repetitions quickly bore him and make the self-confident four-legged friend look for a more interesting occupation.

Characteristics "Kerry Blue Terrier"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Kerry Blue Terrier" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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intelligence ⓘ

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Images "Kerry Blue Terrier"


1 – Kerry Blue Terrier by
2 – Two Kerry Blue Terrier, the left one, named Ceallach Blue Ivanhoe is on this photo about 14 years old and light grey. She have made the full color change. On the right is a about one year old Kerry Blue Terrier, called Edbrios Highlander. In this age the breed is just starting with changing the color of the coat. by © Hilarmont (Kempten) / CC BY-SA 3.0 OF
3 – Kerry Blue Terrier dog by Eponym / CC BY-SA
4 – Kerry Blue Terrier by Swedish Fair from Sweden / CC BY
5 – Kerry Blue Terrier during dogs show in Katowice, Poland by Pleple2000 / CC BY-SA
6 – Kerry Blue Terrier, exhibition in Spodek, Katowice by Pleple2000 / CC BY-SA

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 3: Terriers
  • Section 1: Large and medium sized Terriers. Without working trial.


  • FCI – Terriers 1 Large and medium-sized terriers.
  • AKC – Terriers
  • ANKC – Terriers
  • CKC – Terriers
  • ​KC – Terriers
  • NZKC – Terriers
  • UKC – Terriers

FCI breed standard "Kerry Blue Terrier"

FCIFCI - Kerry Blue Terrier

Alternative names:

    1. Irish Blue Terrier, Kerry (English).
    2. Terrier Kerry Blue (French).
    3. Kerry (German).
    4. Irish Blue terrier (Portuguese).
    5. Kerry (Spanish).
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