Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Ireland.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
19.04.2005.
KC
September 2007

UTILISATION

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FCI
Used in the hard job of tackling otters in deep waters, to engage badger underground and hunt vermin. A good watch dog and loyal companion.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 1Large and medium-sized Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Like the other Irish Terrier breeds it is assumed that the Kerry Blue has been in the country for centuries, but, once again, because of its humble origins as a rat catcher and all-round farm dog, there are few, if any references to the breed before the 20th century. The first probable literary references to the Kerry Blue dates from 1847 the author describes a bluish slate coloured dog, marked with darker blotches and patches, and often with the tan about the legs and muzzle. This blackish-blue Irish terrier was supposed to be prevalent in Kerry but it has been developed in other counties as well. The blue didn’t make its first appearance on the show benches until 1913, and the Dublin Blue Terrier Club was formed in 1920. The Kerry Blue became quickly so popular as a sort of mascot for Irish patriots that there were actually four clubs promoting its interests for a short time, and between 1922 and 1924 these clubs sponsored no fewer than six shows and six field trials. By 1928 this impressive balanced terrier with its beautiful soft blue coat became popular worldwide and its reputation as an excellent working and companion dog agreed with the breed assessment as « well nigh perfect ».

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
The typical Kerry Blue Terrier should be upstanding, well-knit and well proportionated, showing well developed muscular body with definite terrier style.
KC
Upstanding, well knit and proportioned, well developed and muscular body.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Compact, powerful Terrier, showing gracefulness and an attitude of alert determination, with definite Terrier style and character throughout.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Terrier character throughout. The all-important factor-expression must be keen and alert.
KC
Disciplined gameness.

HEAD

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FCI
Showing plenty of hair. Dogs should be stronger in head and more muscular than bitches.
KC
Well balanced, long, proportionally lean, with slight stop and flat over the skull. Foreface and jaw very strong, deep and punishing; nose black; nostrils of due proportion.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Strong and well balanced.

Stop

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FCI
Slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black, nostrils large and wide.

Muzzle

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FCI
The foreface should be of medium length.
KC
Gums and roof of mouth dark with perfect, regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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FCI
Mouth: Gums and roof dark.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Teeth: Teeth large even and white, scissor bite (level bite acceptable).
Jaws: Jaws strong and muscular (punishing jaws).

Eyes

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FCI
Dark or dark hazel, medium in size and well placed, keen in expression.
KC
Dark as possible. Small to medium with keen Terrier expression.

Ears

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FCI
Thin and not large, carried in front or close to the sides of the head, in a forward position, again to express the keen, sharp terrier expression.
KC
Small to medium and V-shaped; carried forward but not too high.

NECK

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FCI
Well proportioned, well set on shoulders and moderately long.
KC
Strong and reachy, running into sloping shoulders.

BODY

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KC
Short-coupled with good depth of brisket and and well sprung ribs. Deep chest. Topline level.

Back

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FCI
Medium length, level.

Loin

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FCI
Moderate in length.

Chest

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FCI
Deep and of moderate width. Ribs well sprung.

TAIL

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FCI
Thin, well placed and carried erect and gaily.
KC
Previously customarily docked. Docked: Set on high and carried erect. Undocked: Set on high of moderate length to give an overall balanced appearance. Thick at the base and evenly tapering to tip, straight as possible and carried jauntily. An excessively gay or curled tail undesirable.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders flat as possible with elbows carried close to body while standing or moving. Legs straight, bone powerful. Front straight, neither too wide nor too narrow.

Shoulder

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FCI
Fine, sloping, well-knit.

Forearm

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FCI
Straight in front, bone good.

FEET

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KC
Round and small. Nails black.

Forefeet

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FCI
Compact, pads strong and rounded, toe nails black.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Hindlegs well set under dog.
KC
Large and well developed, stifle bent and hocks close to ground giving perfect freedom of hind action.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscular, well developed.

Hock

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FCI
Strong.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Good coordination, with legs parallel, forelegs reaching out and powerful drive in the hindquarters. When the dog is moving the topline should remain level and the head and tail should be carried high.
KC
Free and powerful. Fore- and hindlegs moving straight and parallel, stifles turning neither in nor out.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Soft, plentiful and wavy.
KC
Soft and silky, plentiful and wavy.

COLOUR

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FCI
Blue of any shade with or without black points. Black is permissible only up to the age of 18 months, as is also a shade of tan.
KC
Any shade of blue with or without black points. Tan permissible in puppies, also a dark colour up to the age of 18 months. A small white patch on chest should not be penalised.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height: dogs: 46-48 cms (18-19 ins) at shoulder; bitches slightly less. The most desirable weight for a fully developed dog is 15-17 kgs (33-37 lbs), and bitches should weigh proportionately less, but 16 kgs kgs (35 lbs) is the most desirable weight to aim for.

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 18 - 19,5 inches (45,5 to 49,5 cm).
Bitches 17,5 - 19 inches (44,5 to 48 cm).

Weight

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FCI

Dogs 33 lbs to 40 lbs (15 to 18 kg).
Bitches proportionately less.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • Flesh coloured gums.
  • Yellow or light coloured eyes.
  • Roach back or hollow back.
  • Narrow chest.
  • Protruding elbows.
  • Teeth undershot or overshot.
  • White or bone coloured toe nails.
  • Dewclaws on hind legs, or marks of their removal.
  • Close, cow-hocked or stilted hind action.
  • Dogs whose heads or tails are held up by exhibitors or handlers should be penalised.
  • Hard, wire or bristle coat.
  • Any colour other than blue with the exception stated above.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.