Get to know the Kerry Blue Terrier
All you need to know about the breed
The Kerry Blue Terrier was originally bred on the farms of Ireland as a working dog put in charge of herding cows and sheep, and to root out vermin in their spare time. They are a Terrier, after all.
Their beginnings in the rural countryside gave way to some degree to the Kerry Blue Terrier becoming a show-ring favourite, with many winning Best in Show at top U.K. competitions. It’s that glamorous coat but also their cooperative demeanour that has won over judges and fans alike. Underneath that dense, deep blue-toned outer layer lies a medium-size, muscular body, a true working dog who is highly adaptable as well.
The Kerry Blue Terrier can be slightly headstrong but responds well to training, especially if it’s instilled early and from their owners, to whom they bond very highly. The breed can cause a ruckus with other dogs so make sure to socialise them early to control this facet of their character.
More of a family companion these days, the Kerry Blue Terrier is still often used as a watchdog, as a result of their drive and Terrier feistiness. That determined demeanour is hard to shake.
2 facts about Kerry Blue Terriers
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Kerry Blue Terrier