Kerry Blue Terrier Puppy Facts

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Did you just bring home a new Kerry Blue Terrier puppy and want to learn more about the breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you and your family?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!

Breed History

The breed, also known as the Irish Blue Terrier, had been noticed first in the mountain regions of County Kerry, Ireland. But where, when and how the breed was developed remains shrouded in mystery.

One legend has it that in the days when only the nobility was permitted to hunt with Irish Wolfhounds. the peasantry developed the Kerry Blue Terrier for the purpose of poaching. Another legend says that a small dog with a blue-grey coat swam ashore from a ship wreck and mated with the local terriers, producing offspring that looked like terriers and had bluish coat.

While these stories can't be verified, there is a more likely scenario. It's commonly believed the Kerry Blue Terrier was created by Irish peasants as a general purpose working dog to help them in their daily lives.

The Kerry Blue Terrier was skilled not only at hunting small game and killing rodents but was also pretty good at herding, guarding, and retrieving. Various groups of dogs were used to create a breed that combines all these skills. Some of the breeds believed to have been used include the Irish Wolfhound and the Wheaten Terrier.

It's not clear when the breed was imported to United States but we know that the first show that had the Kerry Blue Terrier in it was the Westminster in 1922. The breed was

recognized by the AKC in 1924.

Contrary to what many think, the Kerry Blue Terrier is not the national dog of Ireland.

Some of the famous Kerry Blue Terrier owners include Jack Dempsey and Gene Tuney (both boxers), Perry Cuomo, Michael Mann, and Alfred Hitchcock.

Today the breed is kept mostly for companionship.

Physical Characteristics of Kerry Blue Terrier Puppies

The typical Kerry Blue Terrier is a well-developed medium-sized dog.

It has a muscular body with a deep chest, well sprung ribs, short and powerful loin, and short and straight back. The neck is moderately long, gradually widening to the shoulders. In countries where the procedure is legal, the tail is docked to moderate length and carried erect.

The front legs are long and straight. The back legs are long and muscular, with stifles well bent and turned neither in nor out. The feet are moderately small and rounded.

The head is long but in proportion to the body. The eyes are small and dark, with a keen expression common to all terriers. Yellow, or anything approaching yellow, is considered a fault. The ears are moderately small, V-shaped, and carried forward. The nose is black with large nostrils.

The coat should be dense, soft, and wavy. It comes in any shade of blue gray or gray blue and should be uniform in color. The only exceptions are darker patches that may appear on the head, tail and feet. Harsh coat will be penalized.

Kerry Blues start out much darker than their adult color. In fact, they are born almost black. As they mature, their color passes through several phases and by the time they are 18 months old they reach their adult color.

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