theKerry Blue Terrier

Smart, Alert, People-oriented
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The Kerry Blue Terrier originated in Ireland.

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Energy & Size

medium ENERGY &
medium size

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Smart and alert; people oriented, with a dash of Irish humor in his heart

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  • General Appearance

    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. Correct coat and color are important.  A low-slung Kerry is not typical.

  • Head

    Long, but not exaggerated, and in good proportion to the rest of the body. Well balanced.

  • Forequarters

    Shoulders fine, long and sloping, well laid back and well knit. The elbows hanging perpendicularly to the body and working clear of the side in movement. The forelegs should be straight from both front and side view. The pasterns short, straight and hardly noticeable.

  • Coat

    Correct coat is important it is to be soft, dense and wavy. A harsh, wire or bristle coat should be severely penalized. In show trim the body should be well covered but tidy, with the head (except for the whiskers) and the ears and cheeks clear.

  • Hindquarters

    Strong and muscular with full freedom of action, free from droop or crouch, the thighs long and powerful, stifles well bent and turned neither in nor out, hocks near the ground and, when viewed from behind, upright and parallel with each other, the dog standing well up on them.

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