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Dogs: Their History and Development


Excerpts from a 1925 British book describing most breeds of the time.


The Kerry blue terrier, another of the "varmint-killing" varieties, is a well-built, broad headed dog, at present uneven, but rapidly showing improvement.

To-day cumbersome, over-large dogs are seen, and others with bad coats. At one time light eyes were prevalent, but are now seldom met with. The coat in puppies is often tinged with brown; the brown disappears when the dog is mature.

The history of the breed is the selection from the numerous Irish terriers to be met with there (Ireland), of the best specimens, and the gradual building up of a variety by selection. Blue-colored "Irish terriers" were mentioned by D.J. Gray in 1887.

Lord Kenmare, writing in the "Dog World" (06 Feb 1925) states that "it is admitted that the Kerry blue terrier existed in the Kingdom of Kerry years beyond the recollection of the oldest inhabitants," and that the terriers he
used when a boy were of the Kerry variety, but chosen more for their "varminting properties" than for their make and shape.

The picture on the right is not from Mr. Ash's book, but is a good representation of early Kerries. The Kerries shown are Ch. Seumas Creina and Ch. Kenmare Peggy, who were owned by Mrs. William Randolph Hearst.

CH. Kenmare Peggy,
born 25/05/1924,
by An Laigneac Laidir ex Bluebird (unreg)
Breeder Mr. W.C.Murphy

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