FCI-Standard N° 3  / 11. 05. 2005  / GB



ORIGIN : Ireland.


UTILIZATION : Used in the hard job of tackling otters in deep waters, to engage badger underground and hunt vermin.  A good watch dog and loyal companion.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :            Group     3          Terriers.
                                             Section 1     Large and medium sized                              Terriers.
                                             Without working trial.


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BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY :           Like the other Irish Terrier breeds it is assumed that the Kerry Blue has been in the country for centuries, but, once again, because of its humble origins as a rat catcher and all-round farm dog, there are few, if any references to the breed before the 20th century.  The first probable literary references to the Kerry Blue dates from 1847  the author describes a bluish slate coloured dog, marked with darker blotches and patches, and often with the tan about the legs and muzzle.  This blackish-blue Irish terrier was supposed to be prevalent in Kerry but it has been developed in other counties as well.  The blue didn’t make its first appearance on the show benches until 1913, and the Dublin Blue Terrier Club was formed in 1920.  The Kerry Blue became quickly so popular as a sort of mascot for Irish patriots that there were actually four clubs promoting its interests for a short time, and between 1922 and 1924 these clubs sponsored no fewer than six shows and six field trials. By 1928 this impressive balanced terrier with its beautiful soft blue coat became popular worldwide and its reputation as an excellent working and companion dog agreed with the breed assessment as « well nigh perfect ».

GENERAL APPEARANCE : The typical Kerry Blue Terrier should be upstanding, well-knit and well proportionated, showing well developed muscular body with definite terrier style.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Terrier character throughout.  The all-important factor-expression  must be keen and alert.

HEAD : Showing plenty of hair.  Dogs should be stronger in head and more muscular than bitches.

Skull : Strong and well balanced.
Stop : Slight.

Nose : Black, nostrils large and wide.
Muzzle : The foreface should be of medium length.
Teeth : Teeth large even and white, scissor bite (level bite acceptable). 
Jaws : Jaws strong and muscular (punishing jaws).
Mouth : Gums and roof dark.
Eyes : Dark or dark hazel, medium in size and well placed, keen in expression.
Ears : Thin and not large, carried in front or close to the sides of the head, in a forward position, again to express the keen, sharp terrier expression.

NECK : Well proportioned, well set on shoulders and moderately long.

Back : Medium length, level.
Loin : Moderate in length.
Chest : Deep and of moderate width.  Ribs well sprung.

TAIL : Thin, well placed and carried erect and gaily.


Shoulders : Fine, sloping, well-knit.
Forelegs  : Straight in front, bone good.

HINDQUARTERS : Hindlegs well set under dog.
Thighs : Muscular, well developed.
Hocks : Strong.
FEET : Compact, pads strong and rounded, toe nails black.

GAIT / MOVEMENT  : Good coordination, with legs parallel, forelegs reaching out and powerful drive in the hindquarters. When the dog is moving the topline should remain level and the head and tail should be carried high. 


HAIR :  Soft, plentiful and wavy.

COLOUR : Blue of any shade with or without black points.  Black is permissible only up to the age of 18 months, as is also a shade of tan.

Height at the withers :
Dogs :              18       -  19,5    inches (45,5 to 49,5 cm).
Bitches:            17,5    -  19       inches (44,5 to 48   cm).

Weight :
Dogs :             33 lbs to 40 lbs (15 to 18 kg).
Bitches :           proportionately less.

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

  • Flesh coloured gums.
  • Yellow or light coloured eyes.
  • Roach back or hollow back.
  • Narrow chest.
  • Protruding elbows.
  • Teeth undershot or overshot.
  • White or bone coloured toe nails.
  • Dewclaws on hind legs, or marks of their removal.
  • Close, cow-hocked or stilted hind action.
  • Dogs whose heads or tails are held up by exhibitors or handlers should be penalised.
  • Hard, wire or bristle coat.
  • Any colour other than blue with the exception stated above

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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In general

The head very proporzionata, fortified of abundant hair. The nasal cane of medium Iunghezza and the devout males must strongly have devout head and powerful musculature. The eyes are dark or nocciola dark, of medium dimensions and very posizionati. The ears are delicate and large and do not have ahead to be capacities in 0 against sides of the head. The soft, abundant and waved hair.

As for the others terrier dell.irlanda it presumes that the Kerry possesses an ancient history, that is of various centuries, it is not had however sufficient testimonies on its past. The Kennel Club has recognized it in 1923. a dog very planted and fierce. solid and very proporzionato. It introduces a muscoloso body in perfect style terrier. Its expression must be perspicacityes and alert.


Ransom: the Height comprised between 45.5 and 49,5 cm for the male and between 44,5 and 48 cm for the female.

Tail: lean, very inserted and straight capacity and gladly.

Colors: whichever tonalit of the blue, with or without black spots.

To avoid

. . Tight chest

. . Slavati eyes

. . Various color from the blue

. . High elbows, nails white women or color bone

. . Garretti convergent or too much rigid

. . Hard hair fil of iron or lanoso

. . Arched or insellato back


Standard of the Kerry Blue Terrier

Country of belongings : Ireland
County of Kerry, County of Cork, Ballymena
Other names of the past : Irish Blue Terrier
Meaningful dates : 1920 Foundation of the All-Ireland Kerry Blue Terrier Club

Weight : the optimal weight for a perfectly developed male goes from 13,5 to 18 Kg. (30-40 lbs.). The proportionally hung female less.

Height : for the male from 46 to 48,7 cm. (18-19 1/2 ins.), for the female from 43,7 to 48 cm. (17 1/2-19 ins.).

Cape : soft, abundant and undulated.

Color : all the shadings of the blue, with or without black on the tip of the orecchie, the tail and on the snout. The black one, cos like one shading rossastra, only admitted until the 18 months.

head : strongly and very proporzionata covered from much hair and with a light one stop; the snout must be of medium length, the strong and muscolose jaws; the tartufo black with large and opened narici; teeth very align to you, great and white men; dark gums and palate; thin orecchie and not great capacities in ahead or supporters with sides of the head. The males regarding the devout females must show one powerful head and to be devout muscolosi.

Eyes : dark or dark brown, of medium largeness and very places to you.

Neck : very proporzionato, very inserted in the shoulders and moderately along.

Shoulders and front : shoulders very made, tilted towards the body and very knit.The thorax must have come down and of moderated width.

. Gambe : straight with good skeleton, compact feet, strong plantari bearings and it rounds off to you, black nails.

Back : of medium length, right. Short kidney.

. Costole : very you try.

Thighs : muscolose, very developed with garretti close to earth and the posterior limbs place to you very under the dog.

General aspect and character : it must be imposing, solid and proporzionato. It must typically show a muscoloso body and very developed with a general print and a character terrier.

Undesirable characteristics
Hair: hard, rough and setoloso.
Head: the rosate gums and the prognata set of teeth are from avoiding, but if the teeth are as soon as it bears away to you advancedly a defect does not have to be considered.
Eyes: yellows or clear green.
Limbs: elbows unglue to you, nails clear white women or, spurs on the posterior limbs or the signs of their removal.
Front: tight thorax.
Back: to carpa or insellato.
Color: whichever various color from the demanded blue like devout over.
Movement: posterior closed, vaccine or rigid. The dogs to which the presentatore must support the head and the tail must be penalizes to you.

(English Standard)

General aspect : imposing, very made and proporzionato with log very developed and style typically terrier.

Temperament : of controlled courage.

Head and skull : very balanced, long and proporzionatamente grip, with little stop, flat on the skull. Snout and jaws many forts, deep with much power of offense. Black Tartufo with narici of just dimensions.

Eyes : devout dark the possible one. From small to means with an acute expression terrier.

Orecchie : from small to averages, shape of V, capacities in ahead, but not too much high.

Mouth : dark gums and palate with perfect, regular closing to scissor, is worth to say with the advanced teeth very supports you to those inferiors and perpendicular to the jaws.

Neck : strongly and very modeled one becomes part in the slanted shoulders.

Front : flat bachelor devout possible with adherent elbows to the body, are from detention that in motion. Straight limbs with powerful skeleton. The front one must be straight, n too much wide, n too much tightened.

Log : very collected with sterno very come down and ribs very you try. Deep thorax. Straight dorsal line.

Posterior : wide and very developed, ginocchi flessi and garretti close to earth, all in order to concur one perfect libert of movement.

feet : round and small. Black nails.

Tail : inserted and capacity up erected. Of amputated rule.

Sailing point and movement : free and powerful. It is the front limbs that the posterior ones move straight and parallels between they, the ginocchi n in within n in outside.

Hair : soft, setoso, abundant and undulated.

Color : every tonalit of blue with or without black shadings. In the pure puppys admitted the color rossiccio like one tonalit dark until 18 months. One small spot white woman on the chest does not give to penalize.

Ransom : the ideal weight for a male very developed goes from 33 to 37 lbs. (from 15 to 16,7 Kg.) while the proportionally hung female less. However the weight to search of 35 lbs. (16 Kg.). The ideal Height in the males of 18-19 ins. (46-48 cm.), in the females a po' less.

DEFECTS : all us that discosta from the sopraelencati points it is gone considered like a defect, the whose directly proporzionata importance to its gravit.

Notes : the males must have two apparently normal testicoli, completely reductions in the scroto.