Kerry Blue Terrier Breed Origins and Caracteristics

The origin of this breed should be found in the red Irish terriers in which litters appeared from time to time some grayish dark blue puppies. These examples have been selected and the type, relatively unstable, was improving constantly with the help of the bedlington, the dandie dinmont terrier and maybe the bull terrier as well. The current type of blue dog has appeared for the first time in 1922, in the most important canine exhibition, the Crufts Dog Show in London. In its origins, the kerry blue terrier, also called Irish blue terrier, was destined to guard farms and hunt foxes, badgers, wild otters and rabbits. Later, it transformed mainly into a pet dog especially in the European continent, while in its country of origin it was used preferably as a utilitarian dog, so only the dogs have passed an aptitude test to hunt (foxes or badgers) can compete in a championship.

The kerry blue is a nice, considerate and easy to dominate, but it is generally getting into fights with other dogs. Its ardent nature needs a firm hand to domesticate it. Its soft, silky, abundant and wavy hair needs regular care. It should not be cut but retouched. The hairdressing starts two or six weeks before the exhibition. Although the dog is not going to compete, the hair should not be left too long, so that the animal may not lose its typical aspect, established by the standard.

Size: 45-48 cm. Weight: 15-17 kg. Color: bluish gray (1) with or without black hair tips. The head, the ears, the tail and the feet can be darker. The puppies are born black (2) or brown. When they are 18 months old they already have the adult color. After 18 months, any color but blue is authorized, but a small white patch on the chest should not damage the qualification. The small or brown eyes should be as dark as possible. The toe nails must be black.

Regarding the hairdressing, the objective is to highlight the long and thin hair. In the front part of the neck, the hair needs to be cut short, while in the base of the neck the hair is kept longer to highlight the line of the neck. Cutting the hair on the chest increases the deepness of the thorax box visually. The hair of the front legs is cut so that they look as strong as possible.

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