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Kerry Blue Terrier (Ireland)

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Kerry Blue Terrier
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Kerry Blue Terrier

History and Origin

The Kerry Blue Terrier originated in Ireland. Its name comes from the county of Kerry in south-western Ireland. The breed was created in the 19th century as a result of crosses between terriers of different breeds. Kerry Blue Terriers were used as hunting dogs, shepherd dogs, children guards and companions. They are truly all-purpose working terriers. This breed is also known as the Irish Blue Terrier.

Temperament and Personality

The Kerry Blue Terrier ranks very high for intelligence. These dogs are inbred child-minders, and are said to be an equal to children in their games. Kerry Blue Terriers, especially males, may be aggressive with other dogs. Their owners should always awake, if the Kerry gets into the fight it is really hard to stop it. These terriers are unwearied fighters. Despite their charming look these dogs tend to dominate, so obedience training is necessary. The Kerry Blue Terrier needs a plenty of exercise and is very good at agility.

Size and Appearance

The Kerry Blue Terrier has a quite exquisite appearance and is one of the large terrier breed. It stands 17 to 19 in. high. Its weight is from 30 to 40 lb. The Kerry Blue Terrier's dense coat is soft, wavy and may be any shade of blue-gray or gray-blue.


The Kerry Blue Terrier's coat looks gorgeous but if only skilfully trimmed. It needs frequent brushing and regular clipping and trimming with scissors. Kerries' owners normally do day-to-day maintenance themselves and arrange with professional about trimming on the eve of shows or from time to time.
Kerry Blue Terriers do not shed and are free from doggy odor. The life expectancy is around 12-15 years.


The breed is recognized by FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC

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