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As the name suggests, the Kerry Blue Terrier originated in County Kerry in Ireland and was developed in the early part of the 18th century. The name Blue comes from the distinctive colour of this breed’s coat and this is the national terrier of Ireland. In its native country the Kerry Blue Terrier is referred to as the Irish Blue Terrier and it is believed to be descended from the Portuguese Water Dog and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. This breed originally served as a retriever, a general purpose farm dog, a hunter and a house guardian, while it is also used in police work. The United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club was founded in 1922 and the Kerry Blue Terrier was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1924.

Body Type

This muscular, medium sized dog features a long head that is in good proportion with the body. The flat skull has a slight stop, while the black nose has wide nostrils. The teeth of the Kerry Blue Terrier either meet in a level or scissors bite, while the dark eyes are small. The small v-shaped ears are carried forward, while the long neck widens as it reaches the shoulders. The coat is soft, wavy and dense and comes in a range of colours from very dark blue to black, while there are dark blue or blue points on the head, feet, muzzle and tail.


The Kerry Blue Terrier is a highly intelligent animal and is very playful and active. It often makes people laugh with its...

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