Kerry Blue Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Irish Blue Terrier
  • Size:Medium
  • Ease of Training:Low/Medium
  • Grooming:High
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walk
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, with gentle children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:Male: 33-40; Female: 30-35 lbs
  • Height:Male: 18-19.5; Female: 17.5-19 inches
  • Coat Colour:Any shade of blue-gray in mature (over 18 months) dog; immature dogs may be very dark blue or have tinges of brown

Kerry Blue Terrier Coat

A soft, wavy and dense coat, the Kerry Blue Terrier requires much upkeep to keep the hair beautiful. Beard should remain longer, and body should be trimmed well rounded and tidy.

Kerry Blue Terrier Character

A stubborn dog that loves a challenge. Is quick to obey, but does require a variety of training exercises to avoid boredom. The Kerry Blue Terrier does enjoy roughhousing but should be supervised with small children if child pesters. Friendly around strangers and family, this breed will liven up any dull moment.

Kerry Blue Terrier Temperament

Can be somewhat dog aggressive, but should be socialized around others at puppyhood to avoid any future concerns. The Kerry Blue Terrier is an intelligent breed that loves a playful activity will surely make training a breeze. This dog is fairly independent however and should always be given a range of activity.

Kerry Blue Terrier Care

Requiring grooming every six weeks, the Kerry Blue Terrier requires a lot of coat maintenance. Ear hair plucking is required as this breed is prone to ear infections and dirty ears. A very light shedder, this breed should be brushed and combed every week to keep coat silky, tangle free, and presentable. Bathing every week is required for this dog or their beard will become very dirty.

Kerry Blue Terrier Activity

Long walks are enjoyed by this high energy breed, however since this breed has a long coat, proper water should always be available. The Kerry Blue Terrier can thrive with a small amount of exercise, or one long walk per week, however he does enjoy walks with his companion.

Kerry Blue Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Kerry Blue Terrier is around 12-16 years, and there are a number of health problems associated with the breed, although it is largely a fairly hardy and healthy breed. Some of the health issues to look out for include blood disorders, HD, cataracts, benign cysts, skin problems, allergies, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Kerry Blue Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.