Kerry Blue Terrier

 

In any discussion of treatise written on this true dog of Eire, color strikes the important note. Gameness, of course, as in all the Terrier breeds, was uppermost, but even in the early days of the Kerry, color ranked a close second. As an indication of pigmentation, old Kerry men insisted on a black roof of the mouth and black gums.

The highly distinguishing characteristic color in the Kerry Blue has been zealously guarded. So meticulous are present-day Kerry fanciers in preserving the true blue coloring that in 1947 a standard was devised to forestall any deviation into lilacs, violet blues, purples or greenish blues that might have qualified under the existing standard of "a shade of blue." Kerry color, in its process of "clearing" from an apparent black at birth to the mature gray blue or blue gray, passes through one or more transitions-involving a very dark blue, shades or tinges of brown, and mixtures of these, together with a progressive infiltration of the correct mature color.

The Kerry had been an all-purpose dog in the homes of the County Kerry folks. They were used to tend cows and sheep, destroy vermin, and acted as guardians for the home and children. Moreover, they were indispensable in the important sports of early days, ratting and drawing badgers. They were also used for hunting small game and birds to some extent and were good retrievers.

His actual antecedents are veiled in mystery, but in Ireland it is believed that the Kerry is related to the old Irish Wolfhound. The secretary of the U. S. Kerry Blue Terrier Club has raised both Kerries and the present-day Irish Wolfhounds. He claims that there is a period in the juvenile Wolfhound when the puppy resembles a Kerry and there is a period in a few Kerry puppies when they show signs of consanguinity with the Wolfhound. But there he leaves it.

The typical Kerry Blue Terrier should be upstanding, well knit and in good balance, showing a well-developed and muscular body with definite Terrier style and character throughout. A low-slung Kerry is not typical.

The ideal height for a Kerry would be a height of 18 to 19-1/2 inches for a male dog and 17-1/2 to 19 inches for a female. The most desirable weight for a fully developed male is around 33 to 40 pounds, with females weighing proportionately less.

Additional information on the Kerry Blue Terrier can be found at the website for the American Kennel Club.

More Pet Tips

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Of Scottish descent, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier was used vastly for hunting rats badger and fox. Due to his wise, amiable ...

Discover More

West Highland White Terrier

Rugged yet lighthearted, the West Highland White Terrier is an ideal house pet. He is merry, alert, and self-reliant.

Discover More

Manchester Terrier

Originating from England, the Manchester Terrier was used primarily for rat-killing. He is very devoted and keenly observant.

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is seven minus 1?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)