meet theKerry Blue Terrier


Training &Temperament

​Today’s companion-bred Kerries are more refined than the rollicking and rugged farm dogs of old County Kerry—but they’re still adaptable, dead game, and animated by a joy for life. Kerries are peerless watchdogs—alert, vigilant, and protective of home and family. They make excellent playmates and guardians for kids, and intruders up to no good will be met with unwavering courage. Kerries do best with mental and physical challenges. Happily, their versatility enables them to excel at any number of sports and family activities.

  • Children


    89% agree

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  • Training


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  • Time Alone


    56% agree

Did You Know?

It is thought that the peasantry of Ireland developed the Kerry as an answer to the nobility using Irish Wolfhounds. The Irish Wolfhounds were used to protect noble hunting grounds from poachers. The Kerry was used to help the peasantry to silently hunt the noble hunting grounds.

The Kerry is an all-round working and utility terrier. The breed was used in Ireland and England for hunting small game and birds, and for retrieving from land and water.

The Kerry's most distinguishing characteristic is its coat. Described in the breed standard as "soft, dense, and wavy," it does not shed and can be tolerated by many people with pet allergies.

Kerry Blues are born black and, if correct, have the dominant gene for coat fading. The color begins to fade to gray and acquires its adult solid slate gray color by 18 months.

The first Kerry Blues in North America were five pets imported in 1918-9; the breed first appeared at shows in the very early 1920's.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Blue 037
Blue & Black 038
Blue & Gray 048
Blue & Silver 043
Silver 176
Silver Blue 185
Slate Blue 192
Gray 100


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code