Kerry Blue Terrier

Terrier Group


Sadie and puppy from Wildside Kerry Blue Terriers

The Kerry Blue Terrier will push the envelope to determine what it can get away with, and needs a consistent and firm owner.  Early training and socialization is necessary to develop a friendly companion.  They can be dog aggressive and should be watched when around other family pets (cats/hamsters, etc.) until you’re sure they accept one another.  Kerry Blues are great with children and strong enough to withstand some “rough-housing” (within limits).  They are clean dogs with no odor and little shedding – good dog for allergy suffers.  A good apartment dog who needs minimal exercise, but will gladly partake of all the walks you give him.  A crowd pleaser.  They should be brushed weekly and professionally groomed every two months.  Check their ears on a regular basis and trim hair away from the ear canal.  Read PGAA’s Hypoallergenic Dogs article.

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Notes for owners
Soft and silky Weekly Good for apartments.  Early and consistent obedience training.  Could be OK for allergy sufferers.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

U.S. Kerry Blue Terrier Club

Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Canada

Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation (info, breeder’s referral, and rescue)



We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.