Kerry Blue Terrier Dog Breed
Height: 17-19 inches (45-50 cm);
weight: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg).
Although the Kerry Blue had been known in its native County Kerry in Ireland for two centuries, it was not until he was adopted as the Republic’s national dog that he came into prominence in the breed ring. Previously, he had been used as a bird dog to hunt small game, to retrieve, and even to herd livestock.
The breed was recognized in England in 1922 and two years later in the United States. An excellent guard dog, he will bark an alarm he has a propensity for barking and will defend his property. In Britain, the Kerry has been used for police work.
Breeders are very concerned about color: any shade of blue-gray, from deep slate to light blue-gray of a fairly uniform color throughout, is correct.
The puppies are black when they are whelped but gradually change color as they mature. Up to 18 months of age, deviations from the correct mature color are permissible in the show ring. Solid black is a disqualification. The coat is soft, dense, and wavy.
The Kerry has found widefavor among allergy sufferers, for he sheds very little. In Ireland, the Kerry is shown in the natural coat, without any trimming. In the U.S.A., the dog is always groomed.