Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a distinctive medium-sized dog with a non-shedding blue wavy coat and an abundance of facial hair on the muzzle.

Kerry Blue Terrier Breed Group

Terrier

Size of the Kerry Blue Terrier

Medium

Country of Origin

Ireland

Time of original development

Around the 1600s.

The Kerry Blue Terrier through History

The Kerry Blue Terrier was used to control vermin, including badgers, foxes, hares, otters, rats and rabbits. He was also used to herd cattle, as well as being superb guard dog. Today, this rare breed of dog is kept simply as a companion pet.

Kerry Blue Terrier temperament

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a strong-willed, confident dog. It is devoted to its owner or family group, but can be aloof and wary of strangers. Some male dogs may show signs of aggression in situations that worry them, but breeding has reduced the aggression once seen in the breed. Families with young children should be aware of the terrier instinct in the breed. The Kerry Blue Terrier is often boisterous or aggressive towards other dogs, and contact with cats and other small pets should be avoided. The confident and intelligent Kerry Blue can compete to become pack leader, so training and ongoing socialistion should be given from an early age.

The Kerry Blue is a high energy dog, with impressive levels of stamina and endurance. It is easily bored, which in turn can quickly lead to unwanted destructive behaviour around the home.

Colour varieties of the Kerry Blue Terrier

The breed comes in a variety of colours which include:

  • Black
  • Black & Blue
  • Black Turning Blue
  • Blue

Puppies are born black, and the coat can take up to 18 months for the colour to change to blue.

Size and weight of the Kerry Blue Terrier

Height bitch 44-46cms

Height dog 46-48cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 10-13kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 12-15kgs

Exercise requirements of the Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier requires at least an hour of exercise every day.

Is the Kerry Blue Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. The Kerry Blue Terrier requires an experienced owner with a good knowledge of the breed.

Kerry Blue Terrier coat length

Medium.The Kerry Blue Terrier has a soft wavy coat, not unlike human hair, and does not shed. The Kerry Blue Terrier may be a suitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Grooming requirements of the Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush. The muzzle area needs to be checked every day after meal times, to ensure food deposits doe not build up. Food deposits can be gently rinsed in clean, warm water and teased out gently. The Kerry Blue Terrier requires professional clipping around once every 6-8 weeks.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.

Hypoallergenic?

Yes. This breed does not shed so may be a suitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded in the breed and consult their breeder:

  • Cataracts
  • Entropion - a condition where the eyelids turn inwards, normally affecting the lower eyelids. Entropion causes irritation and can lead to vision loss.
  • Dry eye
  • Skin problems
  • Hip dysplasia

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Kerry Blue Terrier

A healthy Kerry Blue Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-15 years.

Approximate Kerry Blue Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £600-£800 for a pedigree Kerry Blue Terrier puppy. Litters are not often available, with just 131 Kerry Blue puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 4-8 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Kerry Blue Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog 15kgs requires 237gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 15kgs bitch or dog is around £6.00

Our figures are based on feeding an above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the terrier group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment