Kerry Blue Terrier

origin-iconOrigin:  Ireland

group-iconDog Breed Group: Hunting Dog

life-iconLife Span: 12-15 years

weight-iconWeight: Male: 15-18, Female: 14-17

height-iconHeight: Male: 18-19.5, Female: 17.5-19

Origin of Name:   Kerry Blue Terriers are strong-headed and highly spirited.

Kerry Blue Terrier Dog Breed
SizeTemperamentSheddingDroolingMonthly keeping cost
Medium Zero
Hair Everywhere

About Kerry Blue Terrier

  • Life Span*12-15 years
  • Getting a puppy homeAverage
  • Popularity
    Star Super star
  • Availability
    Rare Easy to get

Of course, we start with show-stopping coats that turn heads wherever Kerries goes. It comes in shades of blue - from deep slate to light blue-gray - and is so soft that it pleases the mind in touch. The dense coat has a muscular, well-developed body, which is 20 down at the shoulder and weighs up to 40 pounds. A sporty beard and deep, deep eyes accentuate the nobility of the long terrier head.


Carey is named for her home county. The mystery of its beginnings led to the charming Blarney about Leprechaune, Shipwreck, and other fictional origin stories. We know that Keris was an all-around hardWorking Dog, nurtured for his hard work. The breed was a mascot for the Patriots in the struggle for Irish independence, and they have been top winners in the show ring since the early 20th century. Kerry was named Mick among the great show dogs of the 2000s.

General Appearance

The typical Kerry Blue Terrier should be well-knit and in good balance, showing a well-developed and muscular body with a decidedly terrier style and character. The right coat and color are important. A less-slender Carey is not typical.

Pros - Cons
This breed is intelligent, easy to train and apartment friendly
This breed needs a lot of maintainence, is not dog friendly and has seperation anxiety

The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch's discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.

Kerry Blue Terrier Grooming

Careys do not shed, so their coat should be well brushed and combed once a week to avoid matting. Combined with regular brushing, a full grooming coat will be manageable every six to eight weeks. The head, neck, ears and abdomen are sheared, but the coat is trimmed with scissors. Your breeder or another Kerry owner is your best resource when you are trying to figure out how to trim your dog. Excellent charts and guides are available on the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club and the video's website on YouTube. Trim the nails at least once a week and clean the ears at least twice a month.

Kerry Blue Terrier Training

Carey is very smart, and most enjoys participating in agility, obedience, rally, barn hunting, shepherding and even dock diving. Keeping their mind and body busy will help to develop a happy and accommodating member of the family. Socialization is important, since there is a beginning obedience class with an instructor who has worked with the Terriers. It is always a good idea to consider taking your puppy to puppy training class and earning the title AKC Canine Good Citizen. Regular walks — though not in Dog Park — contribute to a well-rounded, well-social dog.

Kerry Blue Terrier Nutrition

Careys have two speeds: They like to play outdoor sports, exercise, or jogging alongside their owner. They are also loved by their owner once sitting as the family watches TV or sits around the chimney. Most Kericks essentially want to be with their owners, who engage in the activity of the time. The breed specifically practices mind and body by participating with its human companions in several canine sports, including obedience, shepherd, dock diving and barn hunt.

Kerry Blue Terrier Exercise

Carey Blue Terrier should perform well on high quality dog ​​food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your veterinarian. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog's calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog's weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.

Kerry Blue Terrier Health

Carey are a healthy breed. Responsible breeders are constantly monitoring new tools, including new DNA tests, which are available to help ensure the absence of hereditary defects in their breeding programs. Ask your dog breeder for your recommendations regarding health testing. Many breeders have done basic DNA testing as a best practice, and will make you aware of the test results. The United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club's website is a good resource for the latest breed health information.

Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist evaluation