By Jags Goldie Last updated: 27th October 2022

Kerry Blue Terrier


Jags Goldie
Last updated: 27th October 2022

The Kerry Blue Terrier, called An Brocaire Gorm in Irish, is a breed of medium-sized dogs famous around the world today for its versatility and working ability. Originally bred for hunting vermin, such as rats, badgers, hares, rabbits, and otters, it has now become an all-purpose dog used for different types of jobs like herding sheep and cattle. It is characterized by long, well-balanced head, dark, small eyes, V-shaped ears, flat skull, moderately long neck, broad chest, long, fine shoulders, muscular hindquarters, and a high-set tail carried erect.

Kerry Blue Terrier Pictures

Quick Information

Other NamesIrish Blue Terrier
CoatSoft, dense, wavy
ColorBlack, blue, silver, gray, slate blue, silver blue, blue and gray, blue and black
Breed TypePurebred
Lifespan12-15 years
WeightFemales: 22-29 lb
Males: 26-33 lb
HeightFemales: 17-18 in
Males: 18-19 in
SheddingLittle, infrequent
TemperamentSmart, alert, people-oriented, lively, loyal
Litter Size5-8 puppies
Good with ChildrenYes
BarkingLoud, occasional
Country Originated inIreland
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationACR, ACA, ANKC, AKC, APRI, DRA, FCI, CET, CKC, NAPR, KCGB, NZKC, NKC, UKC

Video: Kerry Blue Terriers with Puppies


  • Kerry Blue Terrier X Poodle = Kerry Blue Terrier Poodle mix
  • Kerry Blue Terrier X Schnauzer = Sherry
  • Kerry Blue Terrier X Labrador Retriever = Kerry Blue Terrier Lab mix


First spotted in the mountainous regions of County Kerry in Ireland, the Kerry Blue Terrier is believed to have evolved from the Portuguese Water Dog during the 1700s. It is also speculated that the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Wolfhound, Irish Terrier, and Bedlington Terriers might have played a role in the foundation of the breed. In rural Ireland, its usage pertained to a farm dog and house guardian.

As dog shows were held in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Kerry Blue Terrier was standardized for the different events. During the early 1900s, an Irishman Michael Collins tried to enact a law to declare the Kerry Blue Terriers as the National Dog of Ireland. However, he was assassinated before the law could be passed.

The United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club was established in 1922 while the AKC acknowledged the breed in 1924.

Temperament and Behavior

The Kerry is a great family companion that likes to be involved in household activities, enjoying the most when it is close to its people. It gets along well with children and adults alike. Like all terriers, it has a high chasing instinct and a love of digging.

It is naturally watchful of its surrounding and is always ready to warn its family of anything suspicious. Although it can behave calmly around strangers, it will not hesitate to attack when provoked.

The Kerry Blue Terrier is not good-natured with other pets and can be aggressive towards other dogs, resulting in attacks and fights.



The Kerry Blue Terrier, being an active breed with plenty of stamina and energy, requires lots of regular exercises. It should be taken out for long walks and runs, alongside playing sessions in the yard. Owners can also train it for dog sports like agility and obedience.


The Kerry’s coat may be brushed once a week while its hairs need trimming in every 4-6 weeks. Aside from its weekly grooming routine, occasionally bathing it will keep it clean. Its nails may be trimmed every week with a clipper or grinder to avoid splitting and cracking.

Health Problems

While the majority of Kerries are healthy dogs, some may suffer conditions like hypothyroidism, cancer, skin cysts, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, as well as eye problems such as cataracts, entropion, and dry eye.


The Kerry, being stubborn by nature, needs a strong-willed trainer who can consistently show leadership.

You need to safely introduce your Kerry Blue Terrier puppy to other well-socialized dogs that can greet your pet calmly. Take your Kerry Blue out for a walk on a leash and allow it to interact with friendly and gentle dogs, which can give signals to pacify your Kerry’s excitement or aggression. Signals like sniffing the back before face-to-face greetings can be beneficial.

Since your Kerry can be resolute and mischievous, you should teach it to obey some voice commands so that you can easily stop some of its bad behaviors including digging, chasing, and excessive barking (occasionally). Commands like sit, stay, come, heel, leave it, and stay are commonly taught to puppies at about 12-16 weeks of age.


Being an energetic working breed, it needs 1.5-2 cups of quality dry food on a regular basis.

Interesting Facts

  • Some Kerries are born black but genetically fade their coat to gray, eventually acquiring the slate gray color when they are 18 months old.

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