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About the Breed

"It has been said that to like a Kerry Blue is to like the Irish, for a Kerry is very much part of his native land. He has all the traits of rare blarney humor, the facile wit, and the blazing temper. The only thing he won't do is smoke a clay pipe

Kerry History 

Originally known as the Irish Blue Terrier, the Kerry first came to the public eye when it was adopted as the national dog of the Irish Republic. The Kerry originated in the mountainous regions of County Kerry from which its name was derived; they have been pure-bred in this section of Ireland for at least 175 years.

Kerry Blue Terriers have been used in England and on the Continent for police work. During World War II, Great Britain used Kerry Blues for guarding factories, aerodromes, POW camps and work parties. The army continue to be enthusiastic about the dog's guarding qualities and ability to discern friend from foe.

Kerries were imported into the US shortly after WWI and these early dogs formed the basis of American breeding. It is unclear exactly who first imported them and where they were first shown. Today, the US has become the Kerry Blue breeding center of the world.

Kerry Good Looks 

The Kerry has a ruggedness of physique that speaks well for the hard years of training his ancestors had.  The Kerry head is one of his most notable features. It is strong and well-balanced with a slight stop. An ample beard and profuse whiskers over the eyes tend to increase the strength and the discriminating ferocity of the Kerry Blue facial expression. Puppies are usually born black and some turn blue sooner than others, but definite signs of color change should be visible at five to seven months. The adult Kerry coat will, to one degree or another, become gray or silver.

Full grown, a Kerry stands 17.5 to 19.5 inches at the withers and usually weighs 33-40 pounds, with bitches weighing proportionately less