Non-sporting Breeds

Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 18-19 in (45-49cm) Bitch: 17-19 in (44-47.5cm)
Weight: 33-40 lb (15-18kg)
Coat: Soft, spiky, plentiful, and wavy
Color: Any shade of blue, with or without black points; a small white patch on chest should not be penalized

The Kerry Blue Terrier originated in County Kerry, south-western Ireland. An excellent sporting dog and fine swimmer, it was used there to hunt badgers, foxes, and otters. Its ancestors are thought to have included the Irish, Bedlington, and Bull Terriers. As with the Irish Terrier, there is a school of thought that the Irish Wolfhound also contributed to its make-up. Although it began life as a sporting dog, the Kerry Blue is now mainly kept as a pet. It is good with children, but it may display a fierce temper against dogs or other pets when roused, and so, if you own a fiery Kerry, you would be wise to insure yourself against other people's veterinary bills. The Kerry is not the easiest dog to prepare for the show ring, requiring knowledgeable trimming. It needs daily grooming with a stiff brush and metal-toothed comb.
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