The Kerry Blue Terrier is a fun-loving pet. The other name is Irish Blue Terrier and the nick name is Kerry. This dog breed was originated from County Kerry in South West Ireland since 18th century. The Kerry Blue Terrier was named after the County Kerry region. They are national dog of Ireland. Kerry Blue Terriers were used to be working dog to herd cattle or sheep. They are also known as small game hunter and they were recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1922. Today, Kerry Blue Terrier can be found in the dog show and also become family pet around the world.

Facts about Kerry Blue Terrier

  • Temperament – The Kerry Blue Terrier is alert, brave, determined, energetic, friendly, gentle, independent, intelligent, playful and stubborn. Early socialization is a must for Kerry Blue Terrier puppies. They are easy to train and they can get along with children. They are good watch dog and they rarely bark. Kerry Blue Terrier is also known as family dog. First time owner is not recommend for this dog breed as Blue Terrier dog needs a confident and firm owner.
  • Appearance – Kerry Blue Terrier has a medium-sized muscular body. They have a long head and they come with a pair of small dark eyes and small V-shaped ears. The nose is black and the neck is long. The beard is usually trimmed. They have deep jaws. The front legs are straight and the hind legs are muscular. The chest is deep and the ribs are well sprung. They have a long tail which carried high. The coat is soft and wavy. They born in black and turn to blue gray in matured (over 18 months).

Here are pictures of Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier Breed Information

Size Small to medium
Height 44 -51 cm (male and female)
Weight 15-18 kg (male and female)
Colour Gray or any shade of blue gray
Group Terrier Breed Dog
Life Span 12 – 15 years
Litter Size 4 – 8 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed.
Grooming Requirements Regular grooming and weekly brushing is needed. This dog breed is a light shedder
Environment Indoor or small yard
Barking Average
Recognition CKC, FCI, AKC, ANKC, UKC, KCGB, NZKC, NKC, APRI, NAPR, DRA, ACR, CET


The common health issue for Kerry Blue Terrier is prone to ear infection or hip dysplasia. Here is a list of Kerry Blue Terrier puppy names.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may look for Kerry Blue Terrier adoption from Kerry Blue Terrier rescue or look for Kerry Blue Terrier for sale from Kerry Blue Terrier breeders.

Kerry Blue Terrier