Kerry Blue Terrier

Terrier Group

Kerry Blue Terrier lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

17-19 in

Weight

30-40 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Kerry Blue Terrier was first seen in the Kerry Mountains of Ireland. There is a story that tells of a blue terrier that swam ashore from a shipwreck. The dog was so beautiful that it was mated to every females Wheaten Terrier in Kerry, producing the Kerry Blue Terrier. While the legitimacy of this story is unknown, it is known that they were hardworking, all-purpose farm dogs. The Kerry Blue Terrier also became the mascot for patriots in the fight for Irish independence.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Kerry Blue Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆

★☆

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Loyal, affectionate, and love spending time with their family

Very alert and make great watchdogs

Tend to be uneasy around other dogs

Many owners say this breed has a great sense of humor

Like a typical terrier, they love to dig, chase animals, chew, and bark

Strong-willed and might try to assume the alpha role in the house if not taught otherwise